Swimming & Diving Trio Receives Weekly Laurels
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Three members the Navy swimming and diving teams received weekly awards this week for their respective performances during a sweep by the Mids of Army West Point last Thursday. Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) was selected as the CollegeSwimming.com National Women’s Swimmer of the Week, Ryan Waters (Fr., Basking Ridge N.J.) was named the national men’s swimmer of the week by the outlet and Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) was tabbed as the Navy Athlete of the Week.
Barber totaled four event wins during the 223-77 victory by the Navy women’s team. Individually she posted a time of 1:01.15 to win the 100 breaststroke by 1.56 seconds and won the 200 breaststroke by 4.85 seconds with her clocking of 2:14.06. Both efforts were NCAA B cut times for the respective event.
Barber’s evening began and ended by swimming on victorious relay teams. She first swam the breaststroke portion of the 200 medley relay team that recorded a time of 1:40.77 to win the race by 1.25 seconds, then capped the meet by anchoring the 400 freestyle relay team that posted a time of 3:22.25 to win the event by 3.15 seconds. The latter win gave her a 12-0 career record during her three Army-Navy meets.
Waters made his first Army-Navy meet a memorable one as he earned a pair of victories during the team’s 209-90.5 victory. He first posted a time of 9:03.61 to win the 1000 freestyle by six-tenths of a second, then recorded a win by nearly three seconds in the 500 freestyle with his time of 4:24.49.
His time of 9:03.61 currently ranks 14th in the NCAA this season.
Buchter swept both diving boards against the Black Knights for the second year in a row. He totaled 376.58 points to win the one-meter board by 31 points and accrued 437.33 points to win the three-meter event by 96 points.
Buchter’s one-meter score broke the meet record of 354.35, and his three-meter effort broke the Navy (430.10) and meet (381.60) records in the event. Additionally, both scores bettered the respective NCAA Zone Diving Meet standards.