Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy Signs with Speedo USA

SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH), today announced their 2017 roster of elite swimmers in advance of the upcoming national and world championship swimming competitions. Anchored by returning veterans Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Conor Dwyer, Cullen Jones and Elizabeth Beisel, Team Speedo USA welcomes Ryan Murphy, its most recent addition to the team, as well as newcomers Kevin Cordes, Katie Meili, Hali Flickinger and Becca Meyers.

Hailing from cities across the United States, Team Speedo USA’s 10 athletes boast a combined 16 Olympics and Paralympics’ worth of experience, where they have won 35 medals (23 gold, five silver, seven bronze). In total, they have also competed in 16 World Championships, garnering an additional 38 medals (21 gold, nine silver, eight bronze). Team Speedo USA holds 12 world records and 16 American records.

“Team Speedo USA has always been a force to be reckoned with in the water, and this year’s team reinforces our dominant position on the blocks and podium,” said Speedo USA President John Graham. “We have assembled a truly dynamic group of brand ambassadors, from their world-class expertise in the pool to the way they represent Speedo in the community with our incredible fans and on the national and global stage. We look forward to watching them compete throughout the summer and beyond.”

Outside of competition, each athlete touches Speedo USA’s additional initiatives of Speedo Fit and aquatic fitness; water safety and the “Begin to Swim” program; and other community and brand initiatives that engage with Speedo USA’s fan base.

L-R: Cullen Jones, Kevin Cordes, Nathan Adrian, Elizabeth Beisel, Ryan Murphy, Katie Meili, Conor Dwyer, Hali Flickinger, Missy Franklin. (Becca Meyers not pictured.)

About Speedo
Speedo is the world’s leading swimwear brand. The teams at Speedo are passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations, and supporting swimming from the grassroots to the elite level. In the 1920’s Speedo made history with the Racerback, the world’s first non-wool suit. In 2008, Speedo redefined swimwear again with Fastskin LZR RACER, one of the fastest and most technologically advanced swimsuits ever created; 2011 saw Speedo unveil another world first with the Fastskin Racing System – a cap, goggle and suit designed to work together as one.  Speedo is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V. and distributed in over 170 countries around the world; in North America and the Caribbean, Speedo is licensed exclusively to Warnaco Swimwear Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp. To find out more, visit www.speedousa.com.

Swimming news is courtesy of Speedo USA, a SwimSwam partner.

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6 years ago

I’m betting Speedo threw lots of money at him – their US line up has been hurting for Star power since Lochte was dropped and so many others either retired or missed at Rio. Adrian and Dwyer probably only have one more Olympic cycle in them and Cullen does more for safe swimming promotion than actual competing internationally.

They invested heavily in Franklin which may or may not have paid out for them so I’m sure they’ll be targeting both Simone and Katie as soon as they can.

Smart move on Murphy’s part, I bet he had a lot of leverage with the contracts – Speedo needs him more than he needs them. He’s a smart guy – I… Read more »

6 years ago

It’s kinda weird considering his world and American records were swum in an arena suit but I guess he’ll need to rebreak the records in a speedo lzr ?

6 years ago

Man, Cullen looks fat, and Dwyer looks starved, he’s thinner than missy is. And Kevin is like 6’7? What’s goin on in this photo haha

Swimmer A
6 years ago

I was wondering when he would sign with a company. Good thing he’s with a team going into worlds. Will help out with the $

6 years ago

Does anybody find it weird that theres sponsored teams but that literally means nothing. They should have sponsor team standings at big meets (i.e. PSS, Nats, World’s, and Olympics)

Reply to  DisplacedWolverine
6 years ago

Being a speedo, tyr, arena sponsored team is crap because rarely do the athletes benefit. The coaches are the ones that get free apparel. Plus they’re not legally binding or we would be seeing lawsuits all over the place when a kid from a speedo team wears an arena or tyr suit

Reply to  Wowo
6 years ago

I think he was referring to pros, not age groupers necessarily?

As a sponsored team, we get an annual allotment to spend on team equipment and to outfit our coaches. We also get a discount 365 days a year on a handful of things and depending on level of meet, a bigger discount for tech suits at specific times. It is hard to give a lot to the thousands of athletes on “sponsored teams”, and free apparel is nice, but it isn’t much of anything compared to be a sponsored professional athlete or actual coach with a contract with an outfitter, which most don’t have.

Reply to  coacherik
6 years ago


I’ve seen firsthand both Speedo and TYR balk at the allotment for team equipment. I was an authorized dealer for 20 years and all three companies are a mess right now. Yes teams get a discount, but it is a 10% off retail pricing that Reps tell their dealers to build into pricing. Now, there are certain teams out there with higher discount levels than just the standard club- they are the exception to most of this.

I had a team needing multiple suits for nationals and trials and when I went to call Speedo up there was absolutely 0 discount (they were Speedo Teams). Then for nationals two years ago, I was authorized to give a 15%… Read more »

6 years ago

Interesting that in past history Speedo has always had the heavy hitters – Coughlin, Lochte, Phelps, Franklin, Vollmer, Adrian, etc. However, Arena and TYR have both started to make moves to make themselves fairly equal in terms of notable athletes. I think Speedo noticed this shift and offered Murphy a large sum of money in order to boost their star power. I think will see Ledecky go Speedo in a couple years as I don’t think she has ever worn anything else. It’ll be interesting to see where Manuel eventually goes because she typically wore Nike but has worn speedo in the past. Nike isn’t really known for their suits but she is a great person to sponsor with how… Read more »

Reply to  swimmer24
6 years ago

Nike is out of the tech suit game as they unloaded their tech suits last year at rock bottom pricing ($25 for the male tech suit). I was told then (by the rep) that nike swim (owned by perry Ellis) would be discontinued with the exception of having casual swimwear. Things may have changed, but I’ve always thought if Nike pulled their act together they could do some serious damage in the swimming world.
Look for Manuel to go with speedo with Ledecky

Reply to  swimmer24
6 years ago

Adidas has stepped it up too…they have some heavy hitters signed to them and are obviously the most well known brand to non-swimmers

Joel Lin
6 years ago

I hope this is only for swimming suits and swimming training devices & accessories.

Ryan will see opportunities presented by Adidas or Nike for an apparel deal. The decks need to be clear for him to pursue that as well. Speedo is a nice endorsement, but is a drop in the pond versus what may come with an apparel deal leading into Tokyo 2020.

Aussie crawl
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Kyle and Madi signed with Adidas.
Both being gold medalists.
Swimwear,goggles, apparel etc.

6 years ago

Isn’t cordes like 6’6″? Hopefully this is just poor photoshop or maybe Adrian will show up and be 7’5″ at nationals

IMs for days
Reply to  Midget
6 years ago

They must reniforcd the idea that breastrokers are short ?

Reply to  Midget
6 years ago

I thought the same thing when I first looked at this picture, Adrian and Dwyer look like they’re 7’5 and Cordes looks so short I’m pretty sure Adrian and Cordes are only like an inch apart.

Reply to  Midget
6 years ago

Is having a sunken chest required to be a breaststroker.

Reply to  Midget
6 years ago

Assuming Google/Wikipedia is correct that Cordes is 6’5″, Missy Franklin is also 6’5″ and Katie Meili is roughly 6’3″.

Seems legit.

Reply to  sven
6 years ago

katie meili is like 5’8

Reply to  Midget
6 years ago

Adrian is 6’6 , and Cordes must be around 6’5 .

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