Northwestern Men Land New Trier’s Gridley Twins

Ryan and Patrick Gridley have both verbally committed to Northwestern University, just a town over from their high school, New Trier.

The twins helped New Trier place third overall in the team race at the 2017 IHSA State Championships, while they were both on NT’s 200 medley relay and 400 free relay at those championships. Both relays won IHSA titles. Individually, Ryan finished 5th in the 100 free, Patrick 3rd in the 100 back, while Ryan was 8th and Patrick 9th in the 200 IM.


  • 100y free – 45.48
  • 200y free – 1:38.95
  • 50y back – 23.11
  • 100y back – 49.68
  • 200y back – 1:47.00
  • 200y IM – 1:50.36


  • 100y free – 47.01
  • 200y free – 1:41.48
  • 50y back – 23.60
  • 100y back – 49.92
  • 200y back – 1:49.82
  • 200y IM – 1:52.57

Both twins are backstroke specialists, while Ryan brings in some very exciting sprint free speed for the Wildcats. Ryan will probably jump onto the NU 800 free relay right away, as they just graduated three of four legs, while he could be in contention for a spot on the 400 free relay.

Meanwhile, he’s just off what it took to score in the 200 back last season at Big Tens, which is big considering NU had zero 100 back scorers and just 1 C finalist in the 200 back last year. Both he and Patrick have some work to do in the 100, where it took a 48.28 to make the C final last year.

The Gridleys will be part of an important rebuilding process for the Wildcats. They had zero freshmen join the team for the 2016-17 season, though they had a much better haul for this year, bringing in 8 newcomers.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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