Nittany Lions begin NCAA Championships on Thursday
LION CAREER 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 46.83 swim at Big Tens...Earned All-Big Ten second team honors...Set a personal best in the 100 backstroke with a NCAA B Cut at Big Tens with a 47.16 (2/24/12)...Swam the fly leg on the school-record 400 medley relay that swam 3:07.62 at NCAAs (2/23/12), which eventually finished eighth in the nation...Helped the 200 medley relay break the 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 free relay at NCAAs (2/24/12), finishing with a season best 1:19.20...Swam the second leg of the 400 free relay at NCAAs with a team best 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 with a ninth-place finish with a time of 47.86 (2/25/11)...Swam a time of 48.13 in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships (3/25/11)... Notched top two personal-best finishes in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships (17th) with a time of 1:45.62 and the NCAA Championships (32nd) 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 his team to a 19th place finish in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAA Championships...Helped 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...Intends to work as a financial advisor after Penn State.
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."