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Berry Swimming

Senior Graydon McCrite celebrates with his teammates. Image courtesy of Wade Photography.

Senior Graydon McCrite will make history later this month as the first Berry student-athlete to compete in the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships. He punched his ticket to Indianapolis for the March 19-22 event with a winning time of 20.63 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at the Southern Athletic Association meet in Birmingham. His performance bested the NCAA qualifying standard, set a new conference record and ranked him No. 18 nationally.

The Kennesaw, Ga., native was one of five Berry swimmers to earn first-team All-SAA honors with championship performances at the conference meet. Also topping the podium were sophomore Cameron Grant, junior Conor Monaghan, junior Johnathon Purdy and, on the women’s side, senior Rachel Sandoval. All four clocked times worthy of national consideration but fell just short of an invitation.

McCrite joins senior cross country runner Ryan James and the women’s volleyball team as national qualifiers in Berry’s first year of active membership in NCAA Division III. Berry student-athletes are also shining in the classroom, with 83 making the SAA’s fall sports honor roll.

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