Buck Named to Academic All-District Team

Rory Buck broke his own Whitworth pool record in the 100 Breaststroke (photo by Jeff Ferguson)
Rory Buck broke his own Whitworth pool record in the 100 Breaststroke (photo by Jeff Ferguson)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Rory Buck has been named to the 2011-12 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Men's At-Large Team for NCAA Division III for the third year in a row. 

Buck (Sr., Dubai, U.A.E.) has a 3.81 grade point average through January term and he graduated this month as kinesiology and business management double major.

Buck concluded his Whitworth swimming career as a four-time NCAA Division III individual champion.  He won back to back national titles in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events as a junior and senior.  He was voted by NCAA Division III coaches as the 2011 Men's Swimmer of the Year as a junior after breaking a long-standing national record in the 200 distance.  He holds NWC records in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events.

Buck was a Capital One Academic All-American in 2011 and is a strong candidate for the same award this year.

In April of this year Buck traveled to South Africa, his country of birth, to compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.  He finished fourth the 100-meter breaststroke and third 200-meter breaststroke at the S.A. Olympic Trials.

The Academic All-District at-large teams are selected from Division III student-athletes throughout the west coast, Texas and Iowa in sports without their own specific Academic All-District teams, including swimming, tennis, water polo, gymnastics, golf, wrestling and skiing. The players are nominated and selected by members of CoSIDA. To be eligible for nomination, a player must be a starter or important reserve with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and of at least sophomore standing.