DURBAN, South Africa – Whitworth senior Rory Buck finished in third place in the championship finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the South African Aquatics Championships on Friday evening.
Buck's final time was 2:17.71. Neil Versfeld, a graduate of the University of Georgia and a 2008 Olympian, won the event with a time of 2:12.73. Terrence Parkin, who was the silver medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was second in 2:15.63.
Buck had posted a personal lifetime best mark of 2:17.55 in Thursday's semifinals.
Buck concludes his career as the most decorated swimmer in Whitworth history. He is a four-time NCAA Division III Champion (twice each for the 100-yard and 200-yard Breaststroke events). He was selected as the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Swimmer of the Year after breaking a long-standing national record in the 200 distance. He has twice competed at the South African national championships and qualified for the World University Games in China in 2011.