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Ryan Murphy

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist. World Record Holder. Florida Native.

A successful past.
A promising future.


Ryan Murphy began breaking records as soon as he started swimming at age 5. Through dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment, Ryan has fulfilled his academic and athletic dreams.

While at the University of California, Berkeley, he won both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events at the NCAA Championships for four straight years. He holds the American Record in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 50-meter short course backstroke, 50-meter long course backstroke, 100-meter long course backstroke. In his Olympic debut in Rio, Ryan won three golds medals, sweeping the backstroke events and helping the U.S. win gold in the 4x100m medley relay, where his backstroke lead-off set a world record. In 2017, he turned pro, earned the PAC 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award and completed his B.S. in Business Administration from the prestigious Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. As one of the most dominant swimmers in the world, the 23-year-old swept the backstroke events at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, won six medals (three gold and three silver) at the 2018 Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, China, and was named the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year by USA Swimming at its annual Golden Goggle Awards. A native of Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Fla., Murphy is passionate about giving every young child the opportunity to learn how to swim and being a role model for young swimmers. He currently trains in Berkeley, CA with the goal of making his second-straight Olympic appearance in Tokyo.

Twenty Eighteen

World Short Course Championships

Won gold in the 100-meter backstroke and silver in both the 200-meter backstroke and 50-meter backstroke. Set an American record in the 50-meter short course backstroke with a time of 22.63. Won gold in the 4x100 medley relay in an American record time.

Twenty Eighteen

Pan Pacific Championships

Won gold in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke in Championship record times of 51.94 and 1:53.57. Won a gold medal in 4x100-meter medley relay, swimming backstroke. Earned Male Swimmer of the Meet honors.

Twenty Eighteen

U.S. National Championships

National Champion in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events. Set an American record in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 24.24. Qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Twenty Seventeen

World Championships

Won Bronze in the 100-meter backstroke and silver in the 200-meter backstroke. Set a World and Championship record in the 4x100-meter Mixed Medley Relay.

Twenty Seventeen

U.S. National Championships

National Champion in the 200-meter backstroke and placed 2nd in the 100-meter backstroke to qualify for the World Championships in Budapest.

Twenty Seventeen

NCAA Championships

Ryan became the 4th male swimmer ever to win the 100 and 200 of a singular stroke all 4 years of college. He joined Pablo Morales, John Naber, and Brendan Hansen.

Twenty Sixteen

Rio Summer Olympic Games

Won gold in the 100-meter backstroke, 200 -meter backstroke, and 4x100 medley relay where he also broke the 100-meter backstroke World Record with a time of 51.85.

Twenty Sixteen

U.S. Olympic Trials

Made his first Olympic team by winning the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events.

Twenty Sixteen

NCAA Championships

NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes in record time. His times of 43.49 and 1:35.73 broke his existing NCAA, American, and US Open records. Placed 3rd in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:40.27. Named CSCAA Swimmer of the Meet with Joseph Schooling and Caeleb Dressel.

Twenty Fifteen

World Championships

Won gold in the 4x100 medley relay, silver in the 4x100 mixed medley relay, and placed 5th in the 200-meter backstroke.

Twenty Fifteen

NCAA Championships

NCAA Champion in the 200-yard backstroke and broke the American record. NCAA Champion in the 100-yard backstroke in NCAA record time. Placed 5thin the 200-yard individual medley. Named CSCAA Swimmer of the Meet.

Twenty Fourteen

NCAA Championships

NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes. Broke the US 17-18 National Age Group record in the 100-yard backstroke with time of 44.63. Also broke the 17-18 National Age Group record and NCAA record in 200-yard backstroke with time of 1:37.35.

Twenty Twelve

World Short Course Championships

Won gold medal in 4x100-meter medley relay, swimming backstroke with a time of 50.91. Won bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:48.86.

Twenty Twelve

U.S. Olympic Trials

Finished 6th in the 100-meter backstroke and 4th in the 200-meter backstroke as a 16-year-old.



2016 Olympic Gold Medal

200 Meter Backstroke

2016 Olympic Gold Medal

4x100 Medley

Notable Achievements


August 12th 2018

Pan Pacific Championship

200M Backstroke

1:53.57

August 11th 2016

Summer Olympics

200M Backstroke

1:53.62

Gold Medal
August 13th 2016

Summer Olympics

100M Backstroke

51.85

Gold Medal
August 13th 2016

Summer Olympics

4x100M Medley Relay

3:27.95

Gold Medal
World Record
June 27th 2017

U.S. Championships

100M Freestyle

48.88

July 27th 2018

U.S. Nationals

50M Backstroke

24.24

American Record
U.S. Open Record
March 25th 2016

NCAA Championships

100Y Backstroke

43.49

NCAA Record
American Record
U.S. Open Record
March 26th 2016

NCAA Championships

200Y Backstroke

1:35.73

NCAA Record
American Record
U.S. Open Record
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2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving National Champions

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