Men's Swimming & Diving / Breast, IM / Sophomore / Littleton, Colo.
Tucker Rivera is a sophomore on the UChicago men's swimming and diving team. Rivera helped UChicago handily defeat Lewis University (160-116) and Olivet Nazarene University (194-78) in a triangular home meet over the weekend. The sophomore swam in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.30), 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.88) and 200-yard IM (2:02.76).
Head Coach Jason Weber: "Tucker is having his best season by far, which has been a long time coming as he was hampered most of last season with a back injury. Tucker has shown tremendous determination and drive to get back to his current high level of training and competing, and he’s turned into a huge contributor for our team this year. He’s already gone best times this season and seems to go season bests every time he swims, which is a result of all the hard work he’s put in. In addition, Tucker has been an excellent source of positivity and motivation for this team and is always the biggest cheerleader as he once again displayed this past weekend as he helped the men’s team pull out convincing victories over two very strong teams."
Teammate Keenan Novis: "After being out for most of the season last year, I am happy that Tucker has been showing a strong focus and dedication to the sport this year and is working to become a better athlete. He has come back with a new mindset, and it has shown through his training and work ethic. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for this season!"
Rivera Quick Facts
- In his free time, Tucker usually dedicates his small amount of free time towards learning new lyrics to a song or listening to a new album.
- Tucker doesn't do any pre-meet rituals or superstitions anymore. His new motto is to just stay relaxed before competition, which allows him to view the sport in a healthier manner.
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Ryan Martin (Men's Basketball)
- Head Coach Mike McGrath: "Ryan has been hurt since early in the year with a back problem. Back issues are notoriously troublesome and this has been the case for Ryan. Challenges in identifying the problem and the rehab process can be vague and lingering. Ryan has dealt with challenge as well as any athlete I have seen. He has been a consummate teammate. I do not believe that he has missed any part of any practice since his injury and he has been incredibly diligent with his rehab. He is there for the team and his teammates every day and brings positive energy in the face of a very demoralizing situation. He has been a great maroon. During the recruiting process and before his injury, Ryan was identified as a player who could have a big impact on our program and he was displaying that prior to being hurt. We are excited to see the more significant things he can do when he is healthy, but in the meantime, he has been awesome."
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