Men's and women's squads coming off season opening wins over West Virginia
LION CAREER 2011-12: Competed in eight events, seeing the most action in the 200 Fly, 500 free and the 1000 free...participated in two events at the Big Ten Championships, recording personal best times in the 200 fly (1:47.50) and the 1650 free (15:15.97)...his 1650 free finished 16th for the third-fastest time in Penn State history...during the regular season, placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 9:37.73 against WVU (10/22/11)...earned a third place finish in the 1000 free with a time of 9:42.55 against Auburn (11/4/11), as well as third place in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.72...recorded a season best time of 9:33.87 in the 100 free against Virginia and Indiana...finished second in the 200 fly (1:53.78) against Buffalo, as well as third in the 1650 free with a time of 15:51.53.
HIGH SCHOOL Three-time USA Swimming Top 10 in the 200 butterfly (2006, 2008, 2009)...Earned 2006 and 2009 Potomac Valley Swimmer of the Year honors...2009 Virginia States Open Water Champion...Member of the Curl Burke National Team since 2008 coached by John Flanagan...Owns five 100 All-Time Top Times in USA Swimming during the 2010 season...Named to the Washington Post All-Met swimming team with honorable mention (2009, 2010)...Named 2010 Scholar Athlete...Earned 2009 and 2010 All-Concorde District Team accolades...Earned high school All-American honors in the 2009 100 butterfly...Owns Westfield High School 500 free record (2010) as well was the 100 fly record set in 2009...Named Westfield Rookie of the Year in 2008...Garnered Westfield MVP honors in 2010.
PERSONAL Kurtis MacIntyre Ratcliff was born March 17, 1993 in Durham, N.C. to Blake and Sara Ratcliff...Has three siblings named Virginia, Georgia and Carolina...Comes from an athletically gifted family where nine direct family members participated in collegiate athletics, marathons, international rowing and rodeos...Sister, Virginia, was a member of the George Mason rowing team...Sister, Georgia, is a junior national high performance rowing team member participating in the CanAmMex 2010 championships...Majoring in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE "I chose Penn State because everybody on the team and the coaches are all motivated to win. Also, I loved the campus and spirit."