LEWISBURG -- Fifteen years after she ruled the swimming pool, former Bloomsburg high school swimmer Stef Williams, assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming team at the University of Georgia, was on hand Thursday to watch the coronation of a new queen of the pools.
Mifflinburg junior Adriana Grabski broke the last of Williams' records in the 100 freestyle at the PIAA Class AA Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the Kenneth G. Langone Athletics & Recreation Center at Bucknell University.
Grabski's winning time of 49.57 seconds established a state record and was .04 seconds faster than Williams swam (49.61) in 1998. It was Grabski's second gold medal in two days, coming a day after she broke Williams' mark in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.05).
"I thought my records would have fallen a little bit quicker, especially with the suit era in 2008-2009," Williams said.
Grabski took the lead from the start and was starting to pull away from the field by the end of the first lap.
"With the 100, you can't really pace anything, you just go all out," she said.
Grabski felt the record came about during her second 25 meters.
"It was a lot stronger than the previous races," she said. "I felt like my kick was going a lot faster and at the end I just had to keep on going and go hard."
She swam a time of 49.74 seconds in the morning 100 preliminary.
Grabski, who started swimming when she was five, was aware that Williams was in the crowd last night after the meet.
"I heard from people that she was there and was happy that a local was able to break her records," Grabski said. "She's such a big name and we're always looking back at her records and I was like, 'she was before her time.' Her times were incredible and she's just an incredible athlete and a great person."