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Ryan Fourth in 100m Back at World University Games

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Aug. 21, 2017

TAIPEI – Penn State men’s swimming alum Shane Ryan (Havertown, Pa.) placed fourth in the 100-meter backstroke Monday at the World University Games in the Taiwan University Sport Arena.

Ryan finished in 54.35 seconds, his best time of the year, but it was 0.18 seconds shy of bronze. Justin Ress (USA – NC State) took gold in 53.29, and he was followed by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 54.12 and Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys in 54.17.

Ryan advanced through the preliminaries and semifinals in the 100m back Sunday, and also led Ireland to a national record in the 400m freestyle relay, as the team finished seventh in 3:19.39.

Ryan will begin competition in the 50m backstroke Monday at 10:28 p.m. ET, looking to advance to the semifinals beginning at 8:48 a.m. ET Tuesday. The finals are set for Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. ET. Ryan will also compete in the men’s 400m medley relay, with preliminary heats starting at 9 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 25. The final will be at 8:30 a.m. ET, Saturday, Aug, 26. Taipei is located 12 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone.

Also this past Sunday, Penn State junior women’s swimmer Ally McHugh (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley to lead Team USA. McHugh touched the wall second in a personal-best 4:40.22, shaving another three-hundredths of a second off her world trials time. McHugh was fourth approaching the final, turn, but swam the fastest final 50-meters (30.59 seconds) to gain more than a second and two seconds, respectively, on the third and fourth place finishers. However, it was not enough to catch Japan’s Yui Ohashi. Ohashi, who won silver in the 200 IM at the 2017 World Swimming Championships in June, set a Universiade record of 4:34.40. South Korea’s Seoyeong Kim took bronze in 4:41.52, while Sarah Darcel (Canada - California) was fourth in 4:42.07 and Brooke Forde (USA -Stanford), was fifth in 4:44.04.



McHugh becomes the second Penn State women’s swimmer to medal at the World University Games and the first since Kristen Elias earned silver in the 100m butterfly at the 1989 games in Bulgaria.

McHugh earned her place on the U.S. team with a fourth-place finish in the 400m IM at the U.S. Phillips 66 Nationals in June. Ryan was a semifinalist in the 100m back for Ireland at both the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the FINA World Championships last month.

The World University Games are organized every two years by the International University Sports Federation. The 22-sport event will feature approximately 7,000 participants ages 17-23 who are current college students or recent graduates.

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Date – Time (ET)



8/21 – 10:28 p.m.

Men’s 50m Back Prelims

Shane Ryan

8/22 – 8:48 a.m.

Men’s 50m Semifinals

Shane Ryan*

8/23 – 8:40 a.m.

Men’s 50m Finals

Shane Ryan*

8/25 – 9:00 p.m.

Men’s 400m Medley Relay Prelims

Shane Ryan

8/26 – 8:30 a.m.

Men’s 400m Medley Relay Finals

Shane Ryan*


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