Bolles alumnus Ryan Murphy ’13 added to his international competition medal count and was named Male Athlete of the Meet with six total medals at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, in December. The Team USA captain and his 4x50 mixed medley relay teammates won the event on December 14 in a world record time. Murphy’s backstroke leg in the relay bested the American record time, but mixed medley relays are not counted in individual American records. Just an hour later, Murphy added another gold medal in the 100 backstroke, clocking a championship record.
On December 16, he added his third gold of the meet in the 50 backstroke. He then became the first man or woman to sweep the backstroke events in the Short Course World Championships winning the 200 on December 18. He was also a member of the world-record setting and gold medal-winning 4x100 medley relay and silver medal-winning and American record-setting 4x50 medley relay.
Murphy stands at 39 total medals in international championship events.
Former Bolles Shark Kensey McMahon also earned a medal at the championships, winning bronze in the women’s 1500 free on December 15.