The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 19, 2013

Grabski ready to rewrite Hokie records

MIFFLINBURG -- The only question left for Mifflinburg High School senior Adriana Grabski to answer is can she lower her current state swimming records come next April.

Grabski signed her National Letter of Intent on Monday morning at the high school to swim for Virginia Tech, where she will major in communications and psychology with the hopes of becoming a Division I swimming coach one day.

"It's a big relief," she said of the signing. "I knew three weeks ago as my dad and I drove through the town that it was the school for me."

Grabski made two other visits -- the University of Tennessee and the University of Louisville. She cancelled her fourth visit to Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina after her last meeting with the coaches and swimmers at Virginia Tech.

Grabski, daughter of Glenn and Elizabeth Grabski, also had conversations with former state record holder Stef Williams of Bloomsburg High School, who is an assistant swimming coach at Georgia.

"Stef and I had some great conversations," Grabski said. "It was very homey at Georgia, but at the same time, it was a 13-hour drive and I don't have any family down there."

Grabski has an aunt who lives in Roanoke, 40 minutes from the Virginia Tech campus and that played a part in her decision of Virginia Tech.

"It's really easy for my parents to come and visit and to have a home-cooked meal every now and then," she said.

"One of the biggest reasons for going to Virginia Tech was the coaches," she added. "I felt like I could go to them and have a heart-to-heart with them anytime and with the team, I blended in really well. I am ready to contribute and win the ACC's as a freshman. That would be a nice thing for a team to do."

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