UNC collegiate club swimmer and former Pennsylvania prep-school standout Ryan Torie has been permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, appearing on USA Swimming’s banned list this week.
Torie appeared on the list yesterday, with his ban officially taking effect back on April 17. While the majority of the banned list is coaches, Torie appears to have been an athlete member of USA Swimming. He was a 2016 high school grad from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and also competed for the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club. He broke a handful of notable pool records as a high school swimmer. He verbally committed to swim at the NCAA level for UNC, but never appeared on the roster or logged an official swim with the team.
A representative for UNC told us that no one by the name of Ryan Torie ever swam for UNC, but had no information on what happened between Torie being listed as an incoming freshman in August 2016 and not making his way to the roster for the 2016-2017 season.
Torie’s name does appear in results of the 2018 Collegiate Club Swim & Dive National Championships, held from April 6-8. That’s just over a week before his ban began. Torie swam for UNC’s club team.
Torie’s ban is listed as a violation of the SafeSport Code. Though it’s now the U.S. Center for SafeSport that investigates and bans coaches and athletes for those violations, the Center says it doesn’t speak about individual cases. We’ve been unable to find any news or legal documents involving Torie, so we at this point know only that he is banned, without detail as to why. The Center’s database of disciplinary records only says “criminal disposition – involving a minor” with Torie’s ban.
Update: Pennsylvania court records show that Torie pleaded guilty on December 20 to statutory sexual assault. The specific charges include “4-8 years older” as well as “corruption of minors – defendant age 18 or above” and “unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses.” Torie only pleaded guilty to the statutory sexual assault: 4-8 years older charge, per court documents.
Correction: A previous edition of this article said that Ryan was a graduate from Germantown Academy. He did compete for the USA Swimming club called the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club, but scholastically attended and swam for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.