Name: Sean Ryan
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 10K
Height: 6-3
Weight: 170
DOB: 8/13/1992
Birthplace: Hixson, Tenn.
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School: McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) '10
College: University of Michigan '14, Mechanical Engineering; '16, Master of Manufacturing Engineering
Team/Club: Club Wolverine
Coach(es): Josh White
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 14th
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 4th (10K), 5th (5K team event)
  • Years of participation: Open water – 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Medals: 1 (1 gold)
  • Gold – 2011 (5K team event)
Personal: Son of Eugene and Margaret Ryan...Has two sisters, Elizabeth and Marykate, and one brother, Brendan...Played soccer before committing to swimming...Started swimming to help manage his asthma...Nicknames include “Bones” and “Skeletor”...Enjoys silence before a race instead of pump-up music to help maintain focus and relax...Favorite open-water swimmer is Jimmy Welborn, who hails from his hometown and inspired him to try open water swimming.