2002 Hall of Fame Inductee
BAUDUY R. GRIER
Men's Swimming & Diving (1946-50)
Men's Track & Field (1947)
Bauduy R. Grier was one of the top divers in University of Delaware history, dominating on the boards in the late 1940's. A 1950 mechanical engineering graduate of Delaware, he was a four-year letterwinner under UD Athletics Hall of Fame coach Harry Rawstrom and won 35 of the 40 dual meets in which he competed during his career. He won the Mason-Dixon Conference title as a freshman and was the Middle Atlantic Conference champion as a senior in 1950. He set school diving records six times and the Delaware pool record twice during his career. He led the team to the 1947 Mason-Dixon team title and advanced to the Eastern Diving Championships in 1950. In addition to his diving exploits, Grier lettered for the University of Delaware track and field team as a freshman pole vaulter in 1947 under head coach Ken Steers and was a member of the Blue Hen cheerleading squad. He became well-known for his acrobatic cheers and series of back handsprings he performed after every Delaware touchdown in football. A mechanical engineer, he retired in 1989 after 39 years, including a stint with the Hercules Co. in Utah. A World War II hero, Grier's plane was shot down by the Japanese over the South China Sea in March, 1945 and he was rescued after 23 days floating on a life raft.
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