Shane Ryan Shines At The Virginia Quad Meet; Posts Nation Leading 100 Freestyle Time

The quad dual in Virginia continued this afternoon for Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Penn State. After day one, the Texas men lead Virginia 113-73, West Virginia 149-37, and PSU, 107-79. Penn State lead Virginia 94-92 and Virginia lead West Virginia 137-49. On the women’s side, Texas lead Virginia 110-76, Penn State 127-59, and West Virginia 157-22. Virginia lead West Virginia 146-33 and Penn State 127-59. Click here to view the day one  meet recap.

The Longhorn men and women held onto their lead from day one to win today. The Penn State men also topped Virginia for the first time since 1997. Penn State sophomore, Shane Ryan, was unstoppable today, winning the 50 freestyle and then the 100 backstroke just minutes later. Despite the short break after swimming the 50 freestyle, Ryan posted the 4th fastest time in the nation this season in the backstroke. As if that wasn’t good enough, he then led off the 400 freestyle relay, posting the nation’s top 100 freestyle time.

Ryan will be representing Team USA in Glasgow, Scotland at the 2013 Duel in the Pool.

Women’s Results

Texas 196 – 157 Virginia

Texas 242 – 111 Penn St.

Texas 297 – 41 West Virginia

Virginia 226 – 127 Penn St.

Virginia 288 – 250 West Virginia

Men’s Results

Texas 225 – 128 Virginia

Texas 185 – 168 Penn St.

Texas 259 – 93 West Virginia

Penn St. 191 – 62 Virginia

Virginia 226 – 111 West Virginia

The Women’s Meet

The meet picked up at event 21: the women’s 20o medley relay. The Cavaliers added their first victory of the session, claiming the event with a 1:41.20. Ellen Williamson‘s butterfly looks very impressive on paper (22.96), but it is most likely the result of a touch pad error. According to the results, Laura Simon split 30.27, which seems a little slow for the 5th place finisher in the 50m breaststroke at the 2011 Junior World Championships. Simon was 1:02.44 the day before. I am 99% sure the split is a mistake, but if those splits are correct, a 22.96 would be amazing from Williamson! Only two were faster on Virginia’s 200 freestyle relay (22.95 and 22.41).

Virginia freshman Leah Smith recorded the fourth fastest time in the nation in the women’s 1000 freestyle, winning the event at 9:42.00. Texas’ Kaitlin Pawlowicz and Penn State’s Megan Siverling were both under the 10 minute mark, at 9:55.05 and 9:58.55, respectively.

Carolyn Fittin won the first event of the day for Penn State, touching the wall in the 50 freestyle at 23.23. Gretchen Jaques and Brynne Wong went 2-3 for Texas at 23.26 and 23.49.

Courtney Bartholomew led her teammate, Ellen Williamson, to a 1-2 finish for Virginia in the 100 backstroke (53.43 and 54.78). Tasija Karosas was third for the longhorns at 54.81.

Laura Simon won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:14.59. Her teammate, Natalie Martin finished third at 2:19.59, but Madisyn Cox was second for Texas at 2:14.87.

Ellen Williamson won the 100 butterfly at 54.48, while Brynne Wong was second at 54.91 and Carolyn Fittin was third at 54.92.

Sam Tucker from Texas and Alyson Ackman from Penn State were both able to break the 1:48 mark in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall at 1:47.72 and 1:47.94, respectively.

Madisyn Cox won the 400 IM with her time of 4:15.14, leading her teammate, Kaitlin Pawlowicz, to a 1-2 finish, with her time of 4:16.22. Shaun Casey was third at 4:17.79 for UVA.

The Texas women won the final 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:21.33. Penn State was second at 3:21.65, improving to the sixth fastest relay in the nation this season.

The Men’s Meet

The Penn State men won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:27.75. John Hauser added a 19.5 freestyle split anchoring the relay. West Virginia touched second, posting a time of 1:29.99.

Clay Youngquist and Sam Lewis finished 1-2 for Texas, posting times of 9:11.36 and 9:12.11, respectively. Jan Daniec was third for UVA with a time of 9:12.48, just behind the duo from Texas.

Penn State earned first and third place points from Shane Ryan (20.38) and John Hauser (20.45). Tim Squires from WVU was second at 20.41. Ryan jumped back in the pool minutes later, following the women’s 100 backstroke, and won the men’s 100 backstroke with a time of 47.87. Ryan’s backstroke time is the 4th fastest time in the nation this season. Ryan’s teammate, Nate Savoy, touched the wall in second place at 48.14. He was just ahead of West Virginia’s Bryce Bohman, who finished third with a time of 48.18.

Texas freshman, Will Licon, posted the 10th fastest time in the nation to win the 200 breaststroke at 1:59.49. Taylor Grey and Yannick Kaeser finished second and third for the cavaliers at 2:01.00 and 2:01.04, respectively.

Jack Conger was the second freshman in a row to win an event for the Longhorns. He was 47.47 in the 100 butterfly, which was enough to win the event. Conger’s time from the meet today was the fourth fastest time swum this year. Conger currently has the second fastest time in the nation in this event. He was slightly faster at the Indiana, Michigan tri-dual, where he posted a 47.21. Sean Grier was second for Penn State at 48.79 and Parker Camp finished third at 49.37 for the Cavaliers.

Clay Youngquist is currently the nation leader in the 200 freestyle with his 1:35.71 from the Indiana, Michigan tri-dual. Today, he won the 200 freestyle with the sixth fastest time in the nation swum this year at 1:36.97. John Hauser led Penn State to a 2-3-4 finish with his 1:38.12, which was good for second place.

John Martens won the 400 IM for Texas and led his teammate, Will Licon, to a 1-2 finish, posting times of 3:53.59 and 3:56.14. Martens time will stand as the ninth fastest time in the nation this season. David Ingraham was third for the Cavaliers at 3:56.31.

Penn State closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Shane Ryan led off the relay with a nation leading time in the 100 freestyle, at 43.79. He is the third swimmer to dip under the 44 second mark this season, joining the duo from Lousiville, Caryle Blondell and Joao De Lucca. The Penn State relay finished in 2:57.86, posting the fifth fastest time in the nation. Texas finished second at 2:59.84.

Click here for the full meet results.

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I heard Penn State shaved down and tapered for the meet. That’s pretty embarassing if you ask me for an in season quad duel meet. I can only imagine how they will do at Big 10’s if they taper for every in season meet.


Word around Hooville was UVA was the rested team…no lifting or mornings last week. From the stands, PSU looked very hairy and in practice suits. And those were S&T times from the women, the Nitteny Lions would be in serious trouble. I think their men’s team is just that good this year…Not sure where their midseason meet is but looking forward to seeing what they post up.


They are at the Texas Invite first week of December and word on the deck was they have already begun their taper for that meet.


I heard Texas was fully shaved and tapered for this meet too


I don’t know why everyone thinks anyone was shaved or tapered for this meet. It just isn’t true. The only team with any type of “rest” to speak of was Penn State and they were not rested. They had a bit more legs than they would usually have because they have already started coming down for the Texas Invite December 5th. Why would any coach in their right mind taper for a dual meet in November?


I was just proving a point that anyone can say anything even without any evidence or reasoning. I don’t believe any of the teams were rested for this meet. Not every swimmer on PSU’s team swam lights out. I also think it’s a bit early to start coming down for a mid season meet even for sprinters. 3 weeks is a lot of rest for a mid season meet with not a ton of training under their belts yet. I think Penn State is a team to keep an eye on moving forward. This new coach could be really turning things around for them quickly.


No worries. Listening to all these “your team tapered to beat my team” conspiracy’s has gotten old today.


I wouldn’t think you’d wear jammers and shave this early in the season, but the picture doesn’t lie. Penn State has many athletic problems these days, and when your revenue sports are hurting that doesn’t bode well for the non revenue teams. But, Ryan will be a force at B1G champs.


Basketball has never done well at PSU, pre or post scandal. Football is just fine and is in good hands – they were 8-4 last year and BOB was named B1G COTY….scholarships are coming back and the BTN money keeps pouring in. The 60 mil NCAA fine was paid in one lump sum by the school, and the athletic department is paying the school back in installments over the next 30 years.

All is well in the Valley – if you want to talk about PSU you need to bring more to the table son.


If “Penn State revenue sports are hurting,” what does that say about the rest of the nation?? Penn State was 8th in the country last year in total athletic revenue in the first year post scandal. I’ll say it again, all is well in the Valley.


Ohio State pegged 63 points on Penn State 2 weeks ago. Need I say more!


The picture is from a previous season and pictures and alumnus who graduated in 2012, so Achilles, I guess the picture does “lie”.

Ned da Thunder Thurmond

It’s a good thing swimming now generates the most revenue for PSU, I think it’s their pool’s 80s style charm that really brings out the nostalgia of the Alumni and rake in the donations and perhaps Of course, we all know that the PSU Athletic department gambles 80 million $$ on every football game’s outcome and whether they win or not so Achilles is right that the loss of the Ohio State Game put them in a deep hole with revenue generation. Not everyone agrees with the “guts and glory” way they gamble but it’s a big reason why I was so interested in working for the school, never found an administration that could have the same cajones as myself…well… Read more »


the picture is from big 10s or ncaas

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