Agnes Bucz is setting records with FAU Swimming and Diving

Junior freestyle swimmer Agnes Bucz is setting records and making a name for herself under FAU’s swim team


Max Jackson

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Emily Creighton, Features Editor

Earning two championship titles at this year’s swimming Conference USA Championships may seem like a hefty undertaking for some, but for Agnes “Agi” Bucz, it’s a breeze compared to her hometown.

Photo by Max Jackson | Photo Editor
Photo by Max Jackson | Photo Editor

“She’s the most competitive girl I know … She cares a lot. She acts like she doesn’t, but she does,” says Matthieu Buretz, a junior and member of the Florida Atlantic swim team.

Starting her career in Budapest, Hungary, Bucz found it difficult to seperate from the pack after spending her time competing in meets, including the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore — where she placed 10th in the 100-meter freestyle — and the 2009 European Junior Championships in Prague, where she came in sixth for the 200 free.

“[In Hungary,] it’s really hard to get to the top because there are so many good swimmers,” Bucz said. “I feel that at college level there are so many more opportunities.”

Now a member of the FAU swimming and diving team, the Hungarian powerhouse is breaking records.

CaptureBucz currently holds both school records for the 100 and 200 freestyle. At the 2015 Conference USA Championships, she placed first for the 100 freestyle with 49.01 seconds and third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.58 against some of the best swimmers at the college level. Additionally, she participated in the 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams that also set school records.

“She’s a swimmer with a lot of natural talent, that knows what she wants and knows how to work hard to get it,” says coach Lara Preacco of Bucz. “She has a natural ability to find the best stroke and the best tempo and the best work that she can do. And she works hard to achieve that.”

Bucz is not the first in her family to make a name for herself at FAU. Eszter, Bucz’s older sister, graduated in 2012 after setting several school records, including the 200 and 400 individual medley.

“I always feel [like I’m in competition with my sister], but in a good way,” says Agi. “It’s more like I can look up to someone, follow her path because she achieved many things that I would also like to achieve. She also qualified herself for NCAA, so I’m really proud to continue that in the family.”

Eszter has nothing but praise for her sibling. “It’s great to see my sister have so much success both in the pool and in the classroom. I’m very proud of her and I’m excited to see what she can achieve in the future.”

Photo by Max Jackson | Photo Editor
Photo by Max Jackson | Photo Editor

As for what’s next, the plans are wide open. Her goals are to compete in the NCAA Championships next year along with going to South Korea to race against college-level swimmers from across the globe. She’s not stopping there though. “Maybe I can go to the Olympics with the relay … I have to get in shape and do a long course time to qualify myself. But, I don’t know what the future holds.”

But with another year left at FAU to worry about it, Bucz makes her priorities clear.

“The most important part is that you can still maintain your school-time responsibilities besides your athletics. And thats a huge part because you’re not going to swim forever and you really need a good start in life with your degree and FAU can provide all of that at the same time.”