SHANE P. RYAN
SWIMMER | OLYMPIAN | BACKSTROKE & FREESTYLE
Shane is an American-born swimmer and an Olympian who competes internationally for Ireland as his dad is from Laois.
A 16-time All-American and 11-time All-State honouree as a swimmer for Haverford Senior High School. He was also a member of the US National Junior Team in 2010-2012.
He switched his allegiance to Ireland in 2012 and qualified to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics by swimming under the Olympic Qualifying time in the 100m backstroke in March 2016. In Rio, he made it out of the heats of the 100m backstroke to qualify for the semi-finals with a personal best time of 53.85. In the 2017 University Games, Ryan won the Gold Medal in the 50m backstroke and in the summer of 2018, he secured a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke in the European Championships.
They say winning is a habit, and Shane’s Tokyo Olympics prospects are rated as very good.