Breaststroker Ryan Durkan Will Join Army-West Point Swim Team in 2021

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Ryan Durkan, a senior at Malvern Prep School in suburban Philadelphia, has committed to join the swimming & diving team at Army-West Point.

Durkan, who learned to swim in the Malvern pool, leaves the program as the fastest breaststroker in school history at a program that produced athletes like three-time Olympic silver medalist Tim McKee.

At the 2020 Easterns Championship, a high school championship for private schools on the east coast, Durkan finished 6th in both the 200 IM (1:53.32) and 100 breast (56.77).

A good breaststroker already as a freshman in high school, Durkan’s improvements in the 200 IM over the last 2 seasons have really upped his value as a three-event contributor for the Black Knights.

Durkan Event Progression, Yards

Freshman Sophomore Junior
100 breast 1:00.34 57.55 56.42
200 breast 2:10.77 2:04.18 2:02.59
200 IM 2:04.47 1:57.62 1:53.32

In addition, Durkan split 25.18 on the breaststroke leg of a 200 medley relay at Easterns earlier this year.

He is a Winter Juniors qualifier, based on 2019 standards, in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.

Durkan should be an immediate-impact for Army-West Point when he arrives next season, already holding times in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes that would have been solidly in the B-final of last year’s Patriot League Championships.

The breaststrokes have been historically an area of strength for Army-West Point. For example, at last season’s Patriot League Championships, the team had 3 of the top 6 finishers in the 100 breaststroke.

This is an area where Army-West Point is able to hold serve against a powerful Navy team, who topped Army-West Point by 374.5 points to win their 16th-straight Patriot League Championship.

The story in the 200 breaststroke is similar, where Army sophomore Evan Zhang won the conference title in 1:55.80, out-pacing a trio of Navy swimmers behind him.

He joins a fast Army recruiting class that includes Evan Yoo, George Glover, James Don, Ian Shahan, and Jackson Pogue. Of that group, Yoo is also a breaststroker, boasting best time of 55.9 and 1:59.5 in the 100 and 200 yard distances.

Durkan trains with the Suburban Seahawks Club.

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2 years ago

This young man is a solid pickup for Army! Congratulations Ryan! You have another great family waiting for you!!

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