Ryan was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up he was a part of Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta before joining his high school swim team at Northview. While in high school, Ryan was a qualifier and finalist at the state championship meet all four years, leading his team to a third place finish in the 400 free relay his junior year and being an Academic All American his senior year. Ryan has continued his career at Duke training IM and backstroke.
While in Georgia, Ryan is a part of Dynamo Swim Club where he qualified for NCSA Junior Nationals.
During his freshman Ryan had best times in both the 100 and 200 back at the Cavalier Invite during his championship meet.
As a sophomore, Ryan had life time bests in the 400 IM and season bests in the 100 and 200 back during the Cavalier Invite.
Ryan is a part of Pratt School of Engineering at Duke where he is majoring in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering.