Grabiak and McCabe All-Americans; Grabiak 6th in 200 Breast

 

MINNEAPOLIS - Brittany McCabe and Tom Grabiak each assured themselves All-America honors with strong preliminary swims on the final day of the 2009 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Grabiak became Franklin & Marshall's first swimmer to earn three All-America honors in the same meet, with a sixth place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. He swam a 2:01.66. In the preliminaries, Grabiak swam a 2:02.70 to set a new school and conference record for the third time in as many races at the championships. He was the eighth qualifier in the race, paced by Washington University's Alex Beyer who raced to the wall in 1:59.86. Beyer finished in second in the championship, with the NCAA's gold going to Nelson Westby of St. Olaf in 1:59.26.

McCabe swam to a 14th place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. She posted a 2:04.90 in the final. Her qualifying time, 2:04.68, was also 14th. Her final race in competition for F&M yielded the fifth All-America honor of her career.