MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Tom Grabiak swam the top time in the consolation final of the men's 100-yard breaststroke during Friday evening's session at the 2009 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Now a three-time All-American, Grabiak touched the wall at 56:14, good enough for ninth place. His time was .09 seconds better than one of the eight championship finalists.
Staten Island sophomore, Pavel Buyanov set the gold standard with a 54.27.
The Franklin & Marshall junior assured himself a place in the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke with the tenth best preliminary time of 56.30.
Grabiak earned F&M's 100th All-America tag in swimming on Wednesday. Tonight's honor is the 101st. He will attempt to become the school's first-ever three-time All-American tomorrow when he swims the 200-yard breaststroke.
Friday's 56.14 in the 100 marks a new school and Centennial Conference record, already owned by the Diplomat coming into the meet. His qualifying time had already reset that mark. It is the second time in as many preliminaries and finals that Grabiak reset the school and conference marks in his event in both sessions. His Friday preliminary time was .23 seconds off of the championship final cut.
Four-time All-American, Brittany McCabe, finished in 21st place in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries. She swam to a time of 57:84, missing the cutoff for the consolation final and All-America certificate by .32 seconds. She will get a final chance to add a fifth career All-America honor tomorrow in the 200-yard backstroke - the last time she will compete for F&M.