Shane Ryan (swimmer)
Shane Ryan (born 27 January 1994) is an American-born swimmer who competes internationally for Ireland.
|Born||January 27, 1994|
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||97 kg (214 lb)|
|Club||Toronto Titans (ISL 2020); National Aquatic Centre|
Ryan initially competed at the US Olympics trials in 2012, finishing in 28th, which did not qualify him for the US team. He subsequently switched his allegiance to Ireland. Ryan qualified to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics by swimming under the Olympic Qualifying time in the 100m backstroke at the Swim Ulster Dave McCullagh Meet in March 2016.
International Swimming LeagueEdit
In spring 2020, Ryan signed to the Toronto Titans, for their inaugural season; the first Canadian based professional swim team.
Ryan's father, Thomas, emigrated from Portarlington, Co. Laois in the 1980s; Ryan has Irish citizenship through him and can therefore swim under the Irish flag. His mother, Mary Beth Bonner, is also of Irish descent and won the Miss Mayo pageant in 1986. Ryan was raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in sports management at Penn State University.
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