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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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Berry Women's Volleyball Team

A successful fall semester for Berry’s student-athletes culminated with a second consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship in women’s volleyball and the college’s first-ever NCAA Division III national tournament appearance. With honorable-mention All-Americans Stephanie Quinn and Emily Stromberg leading the charge, Mika Robinson’s Vikings posted a 26-8 record highlighted by a sparkling 16-1 mark against SAA competition and a first-round victory over Washington & Lee in the national tournament.

Also qualifying for nationals this fall was senior running standout Ryan James, a top-five finisher at the conference and regional levels who placed 56th overall among 275 competitors in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Other notable achievements included a 16-4 finish in women’s soccer (a 12-win improvement over 2012), senior men’s soccer player Josh Hughes’ selection as Berry’s first NCAA Division III Academic All-American, and an undefeated fall for the hunt seat and western equestrian teams.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for ongoing coverage of Berry’s winter sports and more athletic news from fall, including numerous individual accolades and the women’s softball team’s participation in the local Challenger Sports Program for children and adults with special needs.

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