Virginia Tech swimmer builds on Mars prep career
College Football Videos
A freshman, former Mars standout Maggie Gruber was happy just to have competed for Virginia Tech at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships from March 20 to 22 in Minneapolis.
But she has bigger goals in the years ahead.
Gruber, an Atlantic Coast Conference finalist in the 100-yard butterfly, hopes to qualify individually at other events.
“Maggie qualified as a key relay swimmer and is getting valuable experience,” coach Ned Skinner said. “We look for her to be an All-American one day.”
Gruber swam the third leg for the 400 medley relay team that finished 24th in 3 minutes, 37.44 seconds and anchored the 800 freestyle relay that placed 28th (7:20.77).
Virginia Tech finished 24th overall, the third consecutive year it was in the top 25.
“Maggie really hammers it as a flyer in the 400 medley (relay),” Skinner said. “She's a tenacious worker.”
Gruber finished sixth in the 100 butterfly (53.82 seconds) at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship meet from February 19 to 22 in Greensboro, N.C.
A consolation finalist, she placed 16th in the 100 backstroke (54.48) and the 200 butterfly (2:02.04).
She was in the 400 medley relay that finished third and qualified for the NCAA championship (3:35.45).
She also swam the lead legs of the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays that finished sixth and seventh with marks of 1:31.74 and 1:39.39, respectively.
She scored 46 individual and 148 relay points for Virginia Tech, which finished fifth overall.
“I was more nervous going into ACCs than NCAAs,” said Gruber, 18. “Doing well gave me confidence.”
“Maggie was third in the preliminaries of the 100 (butterfly),” Skinner said. “That was an important moment for her.”
A six-time WPIAL Class AA champion, Gruber holds WPIAL records in the 100 butterfly (53.88) and 100 backstroke (54.51), and the PIAA record in the 100 butterfly (53.50).
She is considering majoring in hospitality and tourism management.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- College notebook: Seton Hill baseball team signs 4
- Campus clippings: Pitt-Greensburg’s Heinle named player of the week