MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Franklin & Marshall junior, Tom Grabiak, earned the swimming program's 100th All-America certificate, placing 10th in the 200-yard Individual Medley Wednesday. Grabiak entered the NCAA Division III National Championships at the University of Minnesota with the 25th seed time in the event.
Grabiak earned the second All-America honor of his career with a 1:51.55, resetting the F&M and Centennial Conference record in the event. He had already reset the records in the morning with a preliminary time of 1:52.36 for the 11th best qualifier.
Grabiak's finals time was .06 seconds off of the consolation-heat winning mark swam by Kenyon's Nathaniel Carruthers. Grabiak was .02 seconds in front of the 11th place finisher. Nelson Westby and Jacob Koch, both of St. Olaf, took first and second place with respective times of 1:48.82 and 1:49.21.
Grabiak's previous All-America honor came at last year's championships when he placed 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke, an event he will swim on Saturday. He will swim the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday.
Brittany McCabe, who owns four All-America certificates already, placed 53rd in the 50-yard free. She swam a 24:92. She will swim her specialty events on the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes, on Friday and Saturday.