Shane Ryan Obliterates Irish 50 Back Record In 23.03


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

24-year-old Shane Ryan broke the Irish National Record in the men’s 50 back by over eight-tenths during day 3 prelims in Hangzhou, posting a time of 23.03 to erase Conor Ferguson‘s 23.84 from the 2017 European Championships.

Ryan, who formerly swam for Penn State in the NCAA, only had one short course metres meet under his belt prior to this swim. That came at the 2013 Duel in the Pool, where this event wasn’t contested. In yards, he owns a best of 21.20 which converts to 23.53.

His 23.03 makes him the 19th fastest performer in history, and he qualifies for the semi-finals in 2nd overall behind only Guilherme Guido (23.00) of Brazil.

Ryan won the gold medal in this event at the 2017 World University Games (LCM), and added a bronze this past summer at the European Championships.

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1 year ago

Fantastic!!! Congrats!!!

1 year ago

We are!

1 year ago

It’s a shame the American erases young Irish Ferguson from the books

Time to stop pampering.
Reply to  swimcoach10
1 year ago

No it’s not. The real shame is that this young man Shane, who has actual Irish blood & who is proud to claim that, wasn’t let swim the 100 Back @ this meet. Ask yourself why? It wasn’t for his or the teams benefit. He has been held back. Why has Shane never been entered into a short course meet in the 50 & 100 BK officially for Ireland? The truth is if he had.. the records would have been his years ago. Ireland missed out on an opportunity on having their Athlete (who BTW has paid his dues & answered that question of allegence over and over again, so cut it with that.) excell or make Semi-Finals on the… Read more »

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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