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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 (4th all-time at UVA)
200 Back: 1:40.20 (UVA record)

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

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