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Justin Grender

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Position
Senior
Class
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hometown
Saint Xavier
High School / Club
Justin Grender - Swimming & Diving - Virginia Cavaliers

All-America
2021: 200 back, 200 free relay, 800 free relay
2020: 200 back

All-ACC
2021: 200 back

Career-Bests
100 Back:
46.33 (7th all-time at UVA)
200 Back: 1:40.20 (2nd all-time at UVA)
100 Fly: 47.98
200 Fly: 1:43.38 (5th all-time at UVA)
200 Free: 1:35.20
500 Free: 4:22.91

2021-22
• Finished 8th in the 200 back at NCAA Championships
• Finished seventh in 200 back, swam fifth-fastest time in 200 fly to finish 11th an was 19th in 200 free at ACC Championships
• Swam third leg of 800 free relay that finished third at ACC Championships with second-fastest time in UVA history
• Won the 200 freestyle relay and placed 2nd in the 200 backstroke at the team’s meet against UC Berkeley
• Won the 100 and 200 fly as well as the 200 freestyle relay at the team’s meet against Army
• Won the 200 freestyle relay and placed 2nd in the 400 medley relay and 200 backstroke at the team’s meet against Texas
• Won the 200 freestyle and placed 2nd in the 400 medley relay at the Tennessee Invitational
• Won the 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke at the team’s meet against North Carolina
• Placed 2nd in the 200 backstroke at the team’s meet against NC State

2020-21
• All-ACC Academic Team
• Placed 14th in the 200-yard backstroke to earn All-America honorable mention and was 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships
• Set UVA school record in the 200-yard backstroke prelims at NCAAs with a time of 1:40.20
• Anchored school-record setting 200-yard freestyle relay at NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors in the 200 and 800-yard freestyle relays
• Finished second in the 200-yard backstroke to earn All-ACC honors and was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke at the ACC Championships
• Swam on the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays at ACCs
• Took first in the 200-yard backstroke against NC State
• Won the 100 and 200-yard backstroke against Virginia Tech and North Carolina in ACC competition
• Finished second in the 200-yard backstroke at the team’s double dual meet
• Swept the 100 and 200-yard backstroke against Navy
• Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll

2019-20
• NCAA Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Earned All-America honors in the 200-yard backstroke for advancing to the NCAA Championships in the event
• Finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke at the ACC Championships
• Placed 14th in the 100-yard backstroke at ACCs
• Placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke at the Tennessee Invitational
• Finished 11th in the 100-yard backstroke, 16th in the 200-yard freestyle and 20th in the 500-yard freestyle at the Tennessee Invitational
• Won the 1000-yard freestyle at the USC Trojan Invite
• Placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at the USC Trojan Invitational
• Named to the All-ACC Academic Team
• Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll

2018-19
• Competed in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke at the ACC Championships
• Advanced to the finals at the ACC Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, finishing 20th and 10th, respectively
• Is tied for ninth fastest time in UVA history in the 200-yard backstroke
• Ranks eight all-time at UVA in the 100-yard backstroke
• Finished eighth in the 200-yard backstroke, 10th in the 100-yard backstroke and 19th in the 100-yard butterfly at the Georgia Fall Invitational

Background
• Holds the Marlins’ team record in the 50-yard free, 100-yard back, 200-yard back, 200-yard free relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard free relay, 400 medley relay and 800-yard free relay and Saint Xavier High School’s record in the 50 free and 100 back
• Qualified for the 2016 Junior Nationals and the 2016 and 2017 Winter Junior Championships
• Made the finals in the 50-yard free, 200-yard free, 1000-yard free, 1650-yard free and 200-yard back at the National Club Swim Association Championships
• Three-time All-American
• Ohio high school champion for the 2018 100-yard back, setting a state record in the event
• Cincinnati.com High School Swimmer of the Year finalist in 2017-18
• Swam for Cincinnati Marlins

Personal 
• Majoring in INTER-statistics
• Son of Andy Grender and Julie Grender
• Has two sisters, Holly and Megan
• Dad, Andy, and sister, Holly, and  swam for Tulane, while mother, Julie, swam at Virginia Tech
• Recipient of the 2021-2022 Mark Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship