Nittany Lion head coach Tim Murphy recorded his first win at PSU on Friday evening
LION CAREER 2012-13: Had a great junior season, setting two Penn State individual records and four personal records ... A two-time All-American from his relay team's performances at the NCAA National Championships (3/28-3/29/13) ... Member of the sixth-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:25.52 and eighth-place 400 medley relay team that had a time of 3:08.42 at the NCAA Championships ... Broke Patrick Schirk's 2009-10 school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 45.71, shedding 0.80 seconds off the mark and hitting the NCAA "A" standard in the prelims at the Big Ten Championships (3/1/13) ... Member of the 200 medley relay that broke the Penn State record at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:25.38 (2/27/13) ... Placed second in the final of the Big Ten Championships in the 100 backstroke with a time of 46.12 ... The second place finish was the best of any member of the program at the 2013 championships ... Bested his own program record in the 100 butterfly by finishing third at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 46.00 ... The mark hit the NCAA "B" qualifying time ... Received the team's Nittany Lion Award.
2011-12: Earned All-America honors for the second straight year, supplying the butterfly leg of the 200 and 400 medley relays ... Broke Penn State's 10-year record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 46.83 at Big Tens (2/24/12) ... Earned All-Big Ten second team honors ... Set a season best in the 100 backstroke with a NCAA "B" cut at Big Tens with a 47.16 ... Swam the butterfly leg on the school-record 400 medley relay that swam 3:07.62 at NCAAs (2/23/12), which finished eighth in the nation ... Helped the 200 medley relay break the then-school record at Big Tens with a time of 1:25.61 (2/22/12), earning a second-place finish ... Swam the third leg in the 200 freestyle relay at NCAAs (2/24/12), finishing with a season-best time of 1:19.20 ... Swam the second leg of the 400 free relay at NCAAs with a team-best mark of 2:56.65.
2010-11: Earned a trip to the NCAAs in seven different competitions ... Had season-best finish in the 100 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships (2/25/11) with a ninth-place finish with a time of 47.86 ... Swam a time of 48.13 in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships (3/25/11) ... Notched top two season-best finishes in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:45.62 and the NCAA Championships with a time of 1:46.05 ... Finished ninth at the Big Ten Championships and 34th at the NCAA Championships in the 100 butterfly ... .Helped lead the team to a 19th place finish in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAA Championships ... Aided the Nittany Lions record a ninth place finish in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships and a third place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Six-time PIAA State Champion capturing the 2009 and 2010 200 medley relay and 400 free relay events ... The 2010 PIAA 200 medley relay was swam in a state and national record of 1:30.27 ... Won four conference, three PIAA District 3 and two PIAA team championships at Hershey ... Named a 12-time All-American.
Sean Patrick Grier was born in Lebanon, Pa. on May 2, 1992 to Cheryl and Dennis Grier ... Has one sister, Alexis ... Majoring in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"The Team was very accepting when I was on my recruiting trip and they are so closely knit that it just felt right."