The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 19, 2013

Grabski ready to rewrite Hokie records

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

---- — 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."

Grabski, an independent swimmer who is coached by Jerrry Foley and Mary Jones, believes that she can lower the times for her two state records that she established back in April if she wants to.

Her state-record time in the 200 -- 1 minute, 47.05-seconds -- is .27-seconds faster than current Hokies senior Katarina Filova of Bratislava, Slovakia, swam. Filova, who qualified for the NCAA this year, took off last year to train for the 2012 Olympics.

One thing Grabski will have to get used to is a 5 a.m. wake-up time in college for workouts.

"It's my senior year and I have to make my marks and not look back," she said. "If I want to swim those events and break those records, we'll see. I do want to go faster, whether it's at the state meet or YMCA Nationals."

Grabski is unsure if she will swim the same events this year as she did last year.

"I am looking at the 50 this year, but I can't figure out a second event at this point," she said. I don't know if it's the 100 fly or if I will go back to my normal swim, which is the 200 and 100 freestyle."

Heading into her senior year, Grabski doesn't see much pressure on herself in spite of being a defending state champion and record holder.

"It is a bittersweet feeling because it is your senior year and you're closing that chapter, but, at the same time, you are opening up a new one," she noted. "I know thinking about it, going to my last high school states and YMCA meets, I will be emotional about it; but at the same time, the time on the board is going to make it a happy moment."

There's no doubt she be rewriting record books for years to come.