INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rory Buck defended his title in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday night at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Franklin College at the Indianapolis Natatorium.
Buck raced to a winning time of 54.71 during Friday night's championship final heat, defeating runner-up Collin Gladys of Redlands by .45 seconds.
Buck was slightly faster in the morning preliminary heat with a time of 54.63, just off of his Whitworth and Northwest Conference record (54.30) set last season.
Buck becomes the second Whitworth man to defend a national title in swimming. Kevin Wang earned back to back wins in the 400-yard individual medley ten years ago.
Buck has a chance to defend again on Saturday when he races in the 200-yard breaststroke, an event in which he set the NCAA Division III record last season.
Also on Friday Wesley Walton and Katherine Duvall raced in the preliminary heats of the men's and women's 100-yard backstroke events. Walton finished 31st with a time of 52.20. Duvall was 39th in her event with a time of 59.57.
The Whitworth men sit in 17th place with 40 points.
The Pirates will conclude the meet on Saturday with several races. In addition to Buck's 200 breaststroke, Walton will compete in the men's 200-yard backstroke while Duvall swims in the women's 200 backstroke. Duvall was an All-American in that event last season.
The Whitworth men will also race in their final relay event – the 400-yard freestyle relay.