Cal M Swimming & Diving BIO
Ryan Murphy
Player Profile:
Ryan Murphy 1755495
Position: Back/Free/IM
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ponte Vedre, Fla.
High School: The Bolles School
Experience: 2 Letters

Cal Success:

  • Named NCAA, CSCAA and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year in 2015 after earning his second-straight national title in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Set American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in the 200 with his time of 1:36.77. Also set an NCAA record in the 100 with a time of 44.17 on his leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay in which the Bears finished third.
  • Also won a NCAA title as part of the Bears' 200 medley relay team. Swam the leadoff leg and teamed with Chuck Katis, Justin Lynch and Tyler Messerschmidt to stop the clock in 1:22.40, a time that broke the American record Cal set in 2014. 
  • Won his first two NCAA individual titles in the 100 (44.63) and 200 back (then-NCAA record 1:37.35) in 2014.
  • Was a 2014 NCAA champion as a member of the Bears' 200 free relay (second leg 18.75), American record 200 medley relay (backstroke leg 20.90) and 400 medley relay (backstroke leg 44.91).
  • Named 2014 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year.
  • Was a 2014 CSCAA Scholar-Athlete with a 3.7 GPA as a freshman and backed that up in 2015 by earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team.

National Success:

  • Is a member of the U.S. National Team in the 100 and 200 back entering the 2015-16 season.
  • Part of Team USA's gold medal swim in the 400 medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Russia. Swam the backstroke leg on a team that included two other Golden Bears (Nathan Adrian, Tom Shields).
  • At the 2014 Pan Pacifics was third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 back.
  • At the 2014 U.S. Nationals won silver medals in both the 100 and 200 back.
  • Won bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke and gold medal in the medley relay at 2012 FINA Short Course Meters World Championships.
  • National championship in the 200 back (1:38.15) at AT&T Winter Nationals.
  • Bronze Medal in the 200m Backstroke at the 2011 Pan American Games.
  • Bronze Medal in the 200m Backstroke at the 2011 Junior World Championships.
  • Third Place Finish in the 2013 World Championship Trials in the 100 Back (53.38) and 200 Back (1:56.32).
  • Gold Medal at the 2013 US Open in the 200 Backstroke (1:55.87).
  • Set 17 different NAG Records.

High School Success: 

  • Named 2013 National High School Swimmer of the Year.
  • 15 Time Florida High School Class 1A State Champion.
  • Set the National High School Record in the 100 Back (45.32) in November, 2012.
  • Member of three High School National Record Breaking Relays: 200 Medley relay (1:28.02), 200 Free Relay (1:19.27), and the 400 Free Relay (2:54.43).
  • Set the National Independent High School Records in the 50 Free (19.54) and 100 Free (42.95).


  • Parents are Pat and Katy Murphy.
  • Undeclared major with an interest in business.
  • Born July 2, 1995 in Palos Heights, Ill.



100 Back 44.17
200 Back 1:36.77
200 IM 1:41.76


100 Back 53.21
200 Back 1:55.73

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