March 6, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship selections on Wednesday. Florida Atlantic University senior Eszter Bucz qualified for the championship in the 200 IM and the 200 breaststroke.
"It puts FAU back on the national stage," said Steve Eckelkamp FAU's head swim coach. "Eszter has been close to qualifying all four years so this says a lot about her persistence and dedication to the sport"
Bucz competed in her final Sun Belt Conference Championship over the weekend, earning two gold medals and receiving the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Year Award. Bucz posted her NCAA qualifying times at the championship, finishing the 200 IM in 1:58.48 and the 200 breast in 2:11.69.
Traveling all the way from her hometown of Budapest, Hungary, Bucz has had an outstanding swimming career for the Owls. In her freshman year, Bucz was named Sun Belt Conference Female Swimmer of the Week three times, was the team's leading scorer, and set a conference championship meet record in the 200 IM. The following year she captured numerous wins earning FAU's Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Bucz has continued to be Florida Atlantic's leading scorer throughout her four-year career. She holds two individual school records, in the 200 and 400 IM, as well as three records set with the 800 free relay team, 200 medley relay team, and 400 medley relay team.
Qualifying for the NCAA DI Championship allows Bucz to represent FAU one last time before she graduates at the end of the semester. She will travel to Indiana University on March 21-23 to compete at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
"Qualifying for the NCAA Meet has always been my dream," said Bucz. "After breaking my hand earlier in the season, I had given up on my dream so it feels really great to qualify. I want to have a good finish since this is my last year swimming."