Grabiak Seventh in 100-Breast

Grabiak Seventh in 100-Breast

MINNEAPOLIS – Franklin & Marshall senior Tom Grabiak placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke during Friday night’s final at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Grabiak earned his fifth career All-American certificate with a sixth place finish in this morning’s preliminaries.

Grabiak swam a 56.07 in the championship final, finishing 1.37 seconds off of the championship pace swam by Kenyon’s David Lazarus. Lazarus secured the NCAA Championship with a time of 54.70. Franklin & Marshall’s coach, Bob Rueppel, coached Lazarus’ older brothers to 11 All-American certificates while he was at Wittenberg.

Grabiak, who entered this morning’s preliminaries with the top seed-time, swam a 56.04 in qualifying, touching .56 seconds after Lazarus, who posted the fastest qualifier.

Grabiak will look to run down his sixth All-America honor tomorrow in the 200-yard breaststroke. He’ll take the nation’s fifth best time into the preliminaries at 2:02.74. Whitworth’s Rory Buck enters qualifying with the fastest time this season, 2:01.60.