Ryan Murphy is one of the most spectacular swimmers coming out of high school in the United States. Olympic Champion, Ricky Berens, says it best: “I saw Aaron Peirsol go sub 1:40 in the 200 back at NCAAs, and Murphy’s doing it in high school.”
Under the watchful eye of Bolles School swim coach, Sergio Lopez (a bronze medalist in the 200 breaststroke at the 1988 Olympics), Murphy has developed into an impressive all-around talent. While backstroke is his go-to (Murphy was 4th in the 200 and 6th in the 100 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials), Murphy has world-class potential in the freestyle and IM events. Already a member of the USA National A-Team, Murphy won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in the 200 backstroke, 1:48.86. He also netted a gold medal on the 4×100 medley relay swimming the backstroke leg. 2013 US World Championship Trials will be a big stepping stone for Murphy, who will attend UC Berkeley this fall swimming coach Dave Durden.
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Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He is also the co-founder of SwimSwam. This video series is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com.