4 Fun Facts About First-Time Olympian Ryan Murphy

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By Erin Himes, Swimming World College Intern

Ryan Murphy qualified for his first Olympic team by clenching victories in both the 100m and 200m backstroke at US Olympic Trials. With a wealth of international experience, he is set to continue the United States men’s backstroke legacy in Rio.

Here are some fun facts to get to know the Florida native and Cal-Berkeley star:

1. He’s no stranger to record-breaking.


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In his time at the Bolles School, Murphy broke 26 National Age Group records. He’s also the current NCAA record holder in the 100 and 200 back. In Rio, the bar will be even higher. But given his best time in the 100 back is less than three tenths away from Aaron Peirsol‘s world record (51.94), we think Murphy has a few records yet to pocket.

2. Making the Olympic Team was an early birthday present.


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Murphy turned 21 on July 2, just one day after qualifying for the Olympics in his second event, reminding us all just how young he still is. He certainly has years of greatness ahead of him.

3. He’s not the only swimmer in his family.


Photo Courtesy: Patrick Murphy

Ryan’s brother, Patrick Murphy, swam for Notre Dame until 2015. Patrick attributes much of his success to racing his brother through the years and both brothers have inspired each other. Their sister, Shannon, swam summer league with them growing up, as well.

4. He has a great track record as a rookie.


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Murphy was named the 2014 PAC-12 Newcomer of the Year after his freshman season at Cal. As an Olympic rookie, he enters Rio with the second fastest times in the world this year in both the 100 and 200 backstroke.

United States men are known for excellence in the backstroke events and Murphy is likely to add to that legacy during his first Olympics. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram as he makes his way to Rio. Best of luck to Ryan and the entire U.S. Olympic Team!


  1. avatar
    Kari Osborne Brothers

    Ryan Dru Murphy you’re going to have quite a busy year!!!

  2. avatar
    Ryan Dru Murphy

    Yeah it’s a lot to do but I can handle it

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      Judy O'Neill

      Like Nike and Ryan says,
      “Just do it”!

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    He’s so cute goodluck babe!

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    Hey Ryan wishing you the best of luck ! Bring home the gold!!!! I know your family from St. Gerald’s in Oak Lawn.