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Ryan earns honor for second time this season
Ryan, Saloky and McHugh shine
2016 OLYMPIC SEMIFINALIST
ALL-AMERICA: 100 BACKSTROKE (2014-15)
BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2014-15)
ALL-AMERICA: 400 MEDLEY RELAY, 100 YARD BACKSTROKE (2013-14)
CSCAA ALL-AMERICA (2013-14)
ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION (2013-14)
400 MEDLEY RELAY ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2013-14)
SWIMMER OF THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS (2013-14)
|50 Free||19.36*||2/27/14||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Free||42.08*||3/1/14||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Back||44.78*||3/28/14||NCAA Championships|
|200 Back||1:46.16||12/7/13||Texas Invitational|
|100 Fly||47.56||12/5/13||Texas Invitational|
* - Penn State Record
Spent the year training and competing in Ireland at representing the team at the Olympic Games in Rio … Posted the best finish by a Penn State men’s swimmer at the Olympics and became the first to advance out of the preliminaries, placing 16th (54.40) in the 100m backstroke … Advanced to the semifinals of the 100m backstroke by swimming an Irish record time of 53.85 in the preliminaries (14th) ... Also competed in the 50m free (22.88, 43rd) and 100m free (49.82, 40th) … Is the second from the Penn State men’s side to compete in the Olympics and the first since Eugene Botes competed for South Africa in the 2004 games in Athens … Is the first in program history to return to Penn State after competing in the Olympics … Ryan was also the first Irish swimmer to advance to the semifinals at the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing games.
2014-15 (Junior Year)
Earned First Team All-American accolades after finishing third in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships (3/27), touching in at a season-best 45.24…Earned a team-best 14 first-place finishes for the Nittany Lions in his junior season…Led PSU at the Big Ten Championships (2/28), capturing the title in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 45.54 to make a NCAA “A” cut time…Earned a NCAA “B” cut time in the 100 backstroke at the Virginia Tech Invite (2/7), finishing first in the event…Captured two final titles in the 100 back to kick off the season…Nabbed gold in the 200 backstroke against Villanova (10/31) in the only time he swam the event in the 2014-15 campaign…Won the 100 freestyle in five out of the six times he swam in the event …Notched NCAA “B” cut marks on two occasions in the 100 freestyle, including at the Big Ten Championships where he swam a season-best 42.80 …Garnered a NCAA “B” cut mark time in the 50 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in 19.49…Was a member of four separate relay teams…Swam the top time for Penn State in three events including: 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 backstroke…Led the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay to top times in PSU standings for the 2014-15 season…Helped the 200 medley relay squad to three top finishes, while the 400 free relay team earned two first-place finishes and the 400 medley relay team notched one first-place finishes when he was a member of the team…Earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors once (2/10), collecting three first-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Invite and claimed NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle…Garnered First Team All-Big Ten honors for the second time in his career.
2013-14 (Sophomore Year)
Earned All-America accolades and an All-America honorable mention honor after being a member of the program record-setting 400 medley relay team at the NCAA Championships (3:07.51) ... CSCAA All-America honoree ... Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships after claiming gold in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke ... First team All-Big Ten honoree ... Set three individual program records over the season: 19.36 in the 50 freestyle (Big Ten Championships), 42.08 in the 100 freestyle (Big Ten Championships) and 44.78 in the 100 backstroke (NCAA Championships) ... Record-breaking 100 backstroke time placed second at the NCAA Championships ... 42:08 100 freestyle mark at the Big Ten Championships qualified NCAA "A" standards and is a Big Ten meet record ... Also set program records as a member of the 400 freestyle (2:51.32; Big Ten Championships) and 200 medley (1:24.89; Big Ten Championships, 2/26) relay teams ... Three record-setting marks were NCAA "A" qualifying marks ... Also qualified for NCAA "A" standards twice each in the 100 backstroke (Big Ten Championships) and 100 freestyle (Big Ten Championships) ... Won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke against Virginia and Texas (11/9), resulting in CollegeSwimming.com Counsilman-Hunsaker Men's Division I and Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors ... Also captured titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle against Navy (1/25), the 100 backstroke against St. Bonaventure and Towson (2/1) and the 100 freestyle against Villanova (1/17) ... NCAA "B" qualifying times earned seven times.
2012-13 (Freshman Year)
Competed in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke events during his freshman season with the Nittany Lions ... Named the Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Week two weeks in a row (11/13, 11/20) ... Swam a then-personal best time of 20.15 in the 50 freestyle at the Georgia Invite (11/30-12/2), which qualified for the NCAA "B" standard ... Reached the NCAA "B" qualifying mark in the 100 freestyle by turning in a mark of 43.90 at the Georgia Invite ... His times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events ranked second on the team ... Qualified for the NCAA "B" standard in his only race in the 100 backstroke event, posting a time of 47.07 at the Georgia Invite ... Won four individual races, claiming two victories in the 50 freestyle vs. Villanova (11/10) and vs. Indiana and Virginia (11/17) and two in the 100 freestyle vs. Villanova and Indiana and Virginia.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Earned a spot on the USA Swimming National Team after finishing third in the 50 meter backstroke and fourth in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2013 Phillips 66 USA Nationals ... At the 2013 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, finished fourth in the 100 meter backstroke, sixth in the 50 meter freestyle and seventh in the 100 meter freestyle ... Finished 28th in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Earned 16 All-America distinctions at Haverford coached by Matt Stewart ... Named the Central League and Delco Swimmer of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... Earned 11 All-State honors, while winning the 2011 PIAA and District 1 200 freestyle event ... Awarded Main Line Magazine's 2012 Athlete of the Year ... Holds District 1 record in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke set in 2011 ... Winner of the Delco Mickey Vernon Athlete of the Year Award ... Set the State and District 1 record in the 100 backstroke set in 2010, which was the sixth fastest time in high school history ... Helped guide team to PIAAs in the 200 medley relay in 2010 and 2011 as well as the 400 freestyle relay in 2011 ... Member of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 USA Swimming Youth National team, while swimming for Radnor Athletic Club under the direction of Mike Robinson ... Letterwinner in golf, football and volleyball at Haverford.
Shane Patrick Ryan was born January 27, 1994 in Drexel Hill, Pa. to Thomas and Mary Beth Ryan ... Has one brother, Brendan, and one sister, Tara … Major is Sports Nutrition.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I felt like it was the right place for me with its beautiful campus and the quality education offered in so many majors. I loved everyone on the swimming team and how close it is to home as well as liking the idea of swimming for my home state."