2017 WUGs: Shane Ryan Leads Ireland Relay To New National Record


The swimming competition of the 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) kicked off today in Taipei and Ireland took advantage of their moment under the spotlight. Although their men’s 4x100m freestyle relay wound up off the podium, the foursome of Jordan Sloan, Shane Ryan, Calum Bain and Curtis Coulter established a new Irish Senior National Record en route to a 7th place finish.

Clocking a collective time of 3:19.66 in the prelims, the aforementioned squad scorched the previous record of 3:21.77 that had been on the books since all the way back in 2009. In the final tonight in Taipei, David Predergast joined the trio of Ryan, Bain and Sloan, with the new line-up lowering their national mark even further with a final time of 3:19.39.

Splits for the final four Irish swimmers included: 49.70 (Ryan), 50.23 (Bain), 50.37 (Pendergast), 49.09 (Sloan)

Of competing on his nation’s sprint free relay, former Penn State standout Ryan stated, “The relay is always for the boys and Ireland, you put your head down and just swim smart and fast.”

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I think he meant,”it’s for the lads”

Did Shane Ryan ever end up actually graduating from Penn State??

Suny Cal & Pennstateinsider Shane finished up all of his classes in the 4 years. He took a year & 1/2 off to fulfill an Olympic dream, which worked out. He has to do an Internship related to his Major, which he is doing this Fall. (He was busy this Summer swimming for Ireland all over the World.) Pretty amazing he has accomplished all that he has considering this schedule. So I’d recommend you both educate yourselves on the facts before typing rude, jealous comments.


Rumor has it this is his 6th year on campus

Didn’t he take a year off to live in Ireland? Therefore he was not on campus for 6 years.


Who needs a diploma when you a speed demonnnn

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