League Honors Navy Swimming & Diving Trio
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –– Members of the Navy swimming and diving teams combined to win three weekly awards from the Patriot League on Tuesday. Brayden Lauffer (Jr., Apex, N.C.) was named as the men’s swimmer of the week, Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) was announced as the women’s swimmer of the week and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) was tabbed as the men’s diver of the week.
The trio garnered their respective awards following Navy’s season opening sweep of East Carolina Friday in Lejeune Hall.
Lauffer, who earned the second swimmer-of-the-week nod of his career, placed first in both the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley events against the Pirates, which won the American Athletic Conference title for the third year in a row last spring. His time of 2:02.75 in the 200 breast gave him the victory by 3.67 seconds and his clocking of 1:52.57 in the 200 IM allowed him to touch the wall first in the race by 2.22 seconds.
Barber, the winner of 10 league weekly awards in her career, won two individual events and was part of two relay event victories against ECU. Individually, she won the 100 breaststroke by 2.01 seconds with her time of 1:03.34 and won the 200 breast by two-hundredths of a second with an effort of 2:17.94.
Barber also swam the breaststroke on Navy’s winning 200 medley relay team –– her time of 29.03 was the fastest in the stroke by nearly six-tenths of a second –– as well as the anchor leg on the victorious 400 freestyle relay team. She posted a time of 51.74 to finish as the fastest anchor swimmer by 1.10 seconds.
Buchter, who has now garnered seven weekly laurels from the league, swept both boards against the Pirates. He posted a score of 334.80 points to win the one-meter event by 6.82 points and tallied 363.50 points to win the three-meter board by 52.13 points.
Additionally, his scores qualified him for the 2018 NCAA Zone A Diving Championship. Buchter advanced out of last year’s zone meet to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Championship.
Both Navy teams will take to the road Friday for a 4 p.m. dual at UMBC.