Swimming & Diving
Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Ben Grafchik joined the Duke swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach in September of 2012.
The 2014-15 campaign saw Duke's 200 medley relay of Kaz Takabayashi, Peter Kropp, David Armstrong and James Peek garner the men's program's first 'A' cut in a relay event since the new qualification standards were implemented. The group earned a podium finish in second at the ACC Championship before reaching the consolation final at the NCAA Championship. The Blue Devils recorded another ACC podium finish on the women's side as Leah Goldman took third in the 100 butterfly as a freshman.
Grafchik’s first two seasons in Durham were marked by a pair of NCAA Championship appearances by Blue Devil swimmers, as well as eight podium finishes at the ACC Championships. In 2014, Christine Wixted earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 200-yard breaststroke and the Duke women qualified a relay to the national meet for the first time in program history.
Grafchik came to Duke after 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.