|High School:||Thomas Downey HS|
A key part of Pacific’s butterfly and individual medley groups, Barton enjoyed a solid junior season for the Tigers. His best showing came against league foe UC Santa Barbara when he placed fourth in both the 100 Fly and 200 Fly events, his best finishes of the season. At the 2012 MPSF Championships, Barton placed 23rd in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.64. His preliminary mark of 1:53.56 was good for fourth-best on the team. Outside of the pool, Barton earned MPSF All-Academic honors for the second straight season.
Barton was a Second Team All-MPSF selection in the 200 IM and the 200 Fly. He was also recognized as an MPSF All-Academic honoree. He placed sixth in the 200 Fly at the 2011 MPSF Championships, touching the wall at 1:53.31. He finished third in the 100 Fly against Stanford on Jan. 8, clocking in at 54.50. Against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 29, Barton claimed second in the 200 Fly (1:59.03) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:00.50).
Barton finished his first season at Pacific with an eighth-place finish in the 200 Fly (1:55.91), a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM (1:53.74), and an 11th-place finish in the 400 IM (4:06.06) at the 2010 Big West Championships. He was also a member of the 800 Free Relay team that took fourth. Barton opened his season placing third in the 200 Breast against California on Oct. 10, touching the wall at 2:24.77. He won the 400 IM in 4:24.57 versus Stanford on Jan. 9 and claimed a pair of event titles against UC Davis on Jan. 16, winning the 200 Fly (1:58.87) and the 200 IM (1:57.25). A time of 1:59.35 in the 200 IM was good for second against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 30.
Barton prepped at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif., where he earned four letters in swimming and one in water polo. He was a scholastic All-America selection all four years and earned All-America honors in swimming as a senior. Barton is also a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation.
Barton was born in Modesto, Calif., and is the son of James and Paula Barton. He has an older sister, Ellen, who is a member of Pacific’s women’s swim team. In his spare time, Barton enjoys going to concerts, hanging with friends, playing airsoft, and staying physically active. He is pursuing a degree in civil engineering.