Shane Ryan Eclipses Ben Hesen’s Big Ten 100 Back Record

by Robert Gibbs 4

February 24th, 2017 Big Ten, College, News


  • When: Wednesday, February 22th to Saturday, February 25th | Prelims 11am | Finals 6:30pm
  • Where: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Michigan Wolverines (results)
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Penn State senior Shane Ryan took down a nine year-old conference tonight at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.  Ryan went 44.65 in the 100 back, 0.07 than Indiana’s Ben Hesen swam in 2008.  Tonight’s mark also set a new meet record, beating the 45.07 Ohio State’s Matt McHugh swam last year at this meet.

Ryan’s time tonight is only 0.04 seconds slower than three-time defending NCAA champion and U.S. Open record holder Ryan Murphy‘s nation-leading time from the 2016 UGA Fall Invitational.  Murphy, coming off an Olympic gold medal, will almost undoubtedly be back in 43-mid range next month at NCAA’s championships, but Ryan is certainly one of the favorite to challenge for second.

Ryan redshirted last year in order to move to Ireland and establish his eligibility to compete for the Emerald Isle internationally.  The move paid off, as Ryan made the Olympic team and made it to the semi-finals of the 100 back.

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No doubt in my mind he gets second at NCAAs

Be Very Careful

Mr Uberfan – Just when you thought you had it all figured out. Over the next 25 days several other young men will be focusing on NOT making that. Diligentius Mr Murphy & Ryan…. diligentius. 🙂


Congratulations on a great swim and one of the very few wins at this meet by a non-Texas athlete, Mr. Ryan! It looks like the time you spent in Ireland and your Olympic experiences had a very positive effect on your career!


Penn state is not swimming Texas at this meet. PSU swims in the Big10 and Texas is in the Big12

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