Ryan Sebastian is an IM specialist, and he’s originally from Summit, N.J. Sebastian is a student at the University of Michigan, where he’s studying Engineering. He graduated from Summit High School as a three-year varsity letterwinner – he chose to not swim high school his senior, but instead focus on club swimming. Sebastian competed for the Scarlet Aquatic Club for five years, a Rutgers-based club team, where trained to make the roster for both the USA Swimming National Select Camp and the USA Swimming Zone Select Camp. Since Sebastian is a two-time Scholastic All-American and graduated summa cum laude, academics played an important role in his college decision – he felt Michigan was the perfect mix of athletics and academics. Because he’s an IMer, Sebastian can swim anything – he’s posted solid times in the butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke events.
Sebastian is currently in his freshman year as a Michigan Wolverine. At the Big Ten Championships Sebastian finished 23rd in the 400 IM, tied for 43rd in the 200 IM, but he was also DQ’d in the 200 breaststroke.
Sebastian qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400m IM. He qualified at the 2014 Phillips 66 USA National Championships in Irvine, Calif. In 2013 he was placed on the National Select Camp, and in 2011 Sebastian was also placed to the Zone Select Camp.
As a swimmer at Summit High School Sebastian was named Union County Swimmer of the Year. He earned two All-State selections, a multi-time school record holder, holds county records in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, and in 2013 he helped Summit win a state championship.