Grewal is Lafayette's First NCAA Qualifier Since 1992
Feb. 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Leopards added to a strong performance on day three of the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall.
Sophomore Greg Grewal became the first Leopard since 1992 to qualify for the NCAA Division I B cut following his second-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. The qualifying standard was set at 55.39. Grewal's 55.00 finish not only gave him a berth to the national B cut and a spot in the Patriot League championship finals, but it was also the second best finish all-time in the event behind Andrew Rutherfurd's 54.44 in 1992.
Three other Leopards qualified for finals, each setting a top 10 mark all-time. Evan Newbold qualified in 14th in the 100-yard backstroke following his 51.16 finish, giving him the fifth slot on Lafayette's all-time list. He now holds the fifth and sixth slot (51.41 in 2013). Christopher Wickwire earned the 10th seed in the 100 yard butterfly when he touched the wall at 50.11, placing him eighth all-time. He also holds the ninth spot (51.22 in 2013).
Jaclyn Andrews, the lone woman to qualify finals for the Maroon and White, finished the 100 yard butterfly in 57.30, giving her the fourth best time in Leopard history. She also sits second on the all-time list with her 56.96 finish in 2013.
Andrews was first to action in the finals. The 13th seed in the 100 yard butterfly set a new personal best with her 12th place finish at 56.84, a time that sits just 0.08 short of the Lafayette record.
Wickwire set the pace in the B cut of the 100 yard butterfly taking ninth place overall with a time of 50.10. Newbold brought home a 14th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
Grewal continued his successful week, improving on his NCAA Division I B cut time as he finished the finals at 54.85, good for a fourth-place finish.
Newbold, Grewal, and Wickwire weren't done with their individual performances. The trio teamed with Robert Lowery to break the school record in the 400 yard medley relay. Newbold swam a 51.86 split, followed Grewal (54.75), Wickwire (49.61) and Lowery (45.72) for a team finish of 3:21.84. The previous record was set in 1992.
After three days of competition, the Leopard men sit in sixth place trailing Lehigh by 75 points, while the women sit in ninth, 37 points behind American.