ROME, Ga. — The Berry College Swimming & Diving program announced Sierra Rhodes as the team's new graduate assistant coach this afternoon.
"I am really excited about the wealth of talent and knowledge Sierra will bring to Viking Swimming and Diving," head coach Paul Flinchbaugh said. “She is going to be a critical asset to our distance program, as well as great benefit to the team as a whole.”
Rhodes joins Berry from Delta State University where she completed her bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation with a specialization in exercise science and a minor in allied health.
"I'm super excited to join the Berry family," Rhodes said. "I'm looking forward to a great season with the men's and women's teams."
While at Delta State, Sierra competed for the Lady Statesmen in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle disciplines where she was a two time NCAA DII National Qualifier and NCAA Individual Scholar All-American. In 2019, Sierra finished as an Honorable Mention All-American in the 1,650 yard freestyle at the DII National Championships and again was honored as an Individual Scholar All-American.
Prior to her time at Delta State, Sierra swam for two years at Olivet-Nazarene University. While swimming for the Tigers, she was a two-time NAIA All-American in the 500 and 1,650 yard freestyle, as well as a school record holder in the 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle. In 2016, she also aided in the team's national runner-up performance and national championship performance in 2017.