Swimming & Diving
Ryan Merani - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics

RyanMerani

  • position Freestyle/Butterfly/IM
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Lutherville Timonium, Md.
  • High school Dulaney High School

Top Times (SCY):
200 Free: 1:36.20 (Kentucky vs. Cincinnati, 2/2/24)
200 Back: 1:48.02 (Kentucky vs. Cincinnati, 2/2/24)
200 Fly: 1:41.79 (NCAA Championships, 3/30/24)
200 IM: 1:44.62 (NCAA Championships, 3/28/24)
400 IM: 3:42.19 (SEC Championships, 2/16/23)

Top Times (LCM):
200 Free: 1:51.46 (Southern Senior Zone Championships, 07/27/23)
200 Back: 2:02.89 (Southern Senior Zone Championships, 07/26/23)
200 Fly: 1:58.51 (Phillips 66 USA National Championships – 06/27/23)
200 IM: 2:01.72 (Phillips 66 USA National Championships – 07/01/23)
400 IM: 4:21.12 (Phillips 66 USA National Championships – 06/29/23)

Career Notes: 

  • 2024 NCAA Qualifier
  • 2023 NCAA Qualifier
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 2024 CSCAA First-Team Scholar All-America
  • 2022-23 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2023-24 SEC Academic Honor Roll

In the Record Book: 

  • No. 1 in the 200m IM and 400m IM (2023)
  • No. 1 in the 400 IM (2023)
  • No. 2 in the 200 Fly (2024)
  • No. 4 in the 200 IM (2024)
  • No. 9 in the 100 Fly (2024)

2023-24 (Sophomore): Qualified for NCAA Championship where he swam personal bests in the 200 fly (1:41.79) and 200 IM (1:44.62) to place 18th and 40th, respectively … Scored in three events at SECs, led by 5th place result in 200 fly (1:42.10), while finishing 16th in both the 200 IM (1:45.66) and 400 IM (3:49.21) … Won the 200 free vs. Cincinnati (1:36.20) … Claimed the 200 fly against Louisville (1:42.50) … Had three individual wins against Alabama, taking first in the 200 fly (1:44.18), 200 IM (1:46.03) and the 400 IM (3:45.98) a performance which earned him SEC Co-Swimmer of the Week … Enjoyed pair of top-5 finishes at Tennessee Invitational, finishing second in the 200 fly (1:43.28) and 5th in the 400 IM (3:47.17) … Placed second in the 200 fly (1:45.35) at Tennessee/Florida tri-meet, where he was also third in the 200 IM (1:49.60) … Won first in the 200m fly against Indiana in season-opening meet (2:01.42) … Won Wildcat of the Year Award at the team banquet.

2022-23 (Freshman): Qualified for the NCAA Championships, swimming in three events … Finished 34th in the 400 IM (3:48.53), 38th in the 200 fly (1:44.82) and 55th in the 200 IM (1:46.75) … Was a key contributor at the SEC Championships, placing inside the top-10 in both the 200 fly and 400 IM … Was 9th in the 400 IM with a school record time of 3:42.19 and 10th in the 200 fly (1:42.91) … Made it back for a total of four finals at the Ohio State Invitational where his best finish was 14th in the 200 fly (1:47.74) … Totaled six top-three placements during the dual meet season including a first in the 200 fly at Cincinnati (1:47.47) … Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 31… Won Most Improved Swimmer Award at team banquet… SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to UK: Six-time Maryland State Champion. Top-time in the 400-yard IM is 3:50.72. Has a personal best of 1:46.98 in the 200-yard butterfly. Swam a 1:48.18 in the 200-yard IM.

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