INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Berry College senior Graydon McCrite qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III National Swimming & Diving Championships. His first place finish in the 50 free at the Southern Athletic Association and time of 20.63 was enough to be invited to the National meet, where he is currently ranked 18th in the nation.
McCrite is the first Berry swimmer to be invited to the NCAA Championships. This is not the first historical moment of McCrite's swimming career at Berry. He was also the first swimmer in Berry's team history to medal at a conference championship, the 100 butterfly back in 2010 as a freshman.
Other national qualifiers on Berry's team include Conor Monaghan individually in the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 100 Free. Also Cameron Grant, Johnathon Purdy, and Conor Monaghan qualified with McCrite in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Although their times were well within national consideration, they fell just short of the invitation's standards in the end.
"This is bittersweet news coming at the end of an exceptional season," said Head Coach Paul Flinchbaugh. "I couldn't be happier for Graydon being invited as a senior. But we would certainly like to be taking Conor, Johnathon, and Cameron, as well."
The National Championship Meet will be held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis from March 19-22.