Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Ben Grafchik joined the Duke swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach in September of 2012.
Grafchik’s first season in Durham was marked by a pair of seventh-place finishes for the Duke men and women at the 2013 ACC Championships. Hunter Knight (100 and 200 breaststroke), Lauren Weaver (50 freestyle) and Christine Wixted (100 and 200 breaststroke) collected All-ACC accolades with Weaver and Wixted going on to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Grafchik came to Duke after most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Lakeside Seahawks club team in Louisville, Ky. During Grafchik’s time in Louisville, Lakeside was recognized by USA Swimming as achieving the Gold Medal club level and placed 10th overall in the Club Excellence rankings.
Prior to coaching the Seahawks, Grafchik spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown. During the 2010-11 campaign, he saw the Bulldog men take eighth and the women 10th at the Big EAST Championships.
Grafchik also previously served as the head swimming coach at Northern High School in Durham from 2007-09, where he guided former Blue Devil Adam Flur to all-conference honors and a state title in the 50-yard freestyle.
A four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, Grafchik finished his collegiate career ranked in the top 10 in program history in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events. He also advanced to six finals events at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships during his career and was a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Grafchik graduated from North Carolina with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2007. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Sports Management at Georgetown.