SPOKANE, Wash. – He might have walked through graduation three weeks ago but the awards continue to roll in for Whitworth swimming star Rory Buck. Buck was named a First Team honoree on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America ® Division III Men's At-Large Team.
Buck is now a two-time Academic All-American after earning Second Team honors in 2011. He joins Felix Friedt as a Whitworth First Team honoree in 2011-12.
Buck (Sr., Dubai, U.A.E.) had a 3.81 grade point average through January term and he graduated last month as a 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.
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.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The At-Large Academic All-America team includes student-athletes from the sports of swimming, tennis, water polo, gymnastics, golf, wrestling and skiing.