Ryan Murphy

American Backstroke Swimmer

Ryan Murphy
American competitive swimmer Source: Google

Murphy, Ryan Fitzgerald OLY is a competitive backstroke swimmer from the United States. He has four Olympic gold medals and a previous world record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke.

Personal Life & Parents

Ryan Murphy was born on July 2, 1995, in Chicago, Illinois, his birthplace. He is said to be living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Meanwhile, Ryan attended the Bolles School and went on to complete his study in Business Administration at the University of California (UC), Berkeley.

As a result, Ryan was fortunate to have an older brother and sister who were both into sports and competing with him. Furthermore, their grandfather has written over 100 math books, while their father works in finance.

Ryan’s mum is also an accomplished mathematician. Simultaneously, his brother was studying data analytics and his sister was studying physical therapy.

Nonetheless, Josh Prenot, an Olympic silver medallist, lives with them. In short, having such a driven family forced Ryan to concentrate on his competition.


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Murphy swam like a shark from the time he was a child. Sergio Lopex tutored him there. During his high school career, he set 26 national age-group records.

Back then, the swimmer was interested in particular meter events as well as backstroke. In fact, he still holds eight records that include various timed yard backstrokes.

Murphy has already added numerous records to his career despite just being a freshman in college. He was nominated to the US National Junior Team for the 200-meter backstroke in 2011.

Murphy finished third in such a tournament in Lima, Peru. As a result, he finished first in the 800-meter freestyle relay at 7:27.40. Similarly, in the Pan-American Games, she finished third in the 200-meter backstroke.

Similarly, by finishing third again, he qualified for a position on the US Olympic squad in 2012.

He could not make up for Olympic 2012, finishing fourth and sixth in trials.

Murphy was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year after his debut season. However, as a member, he was already an NCAA champion.

This year, he set an NCAA record in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Meanwhile, at the 2014 NCAA Championships, he was still a rookie.

In addition, he competed in the 2013 US Open Championships, winning silver in the 100-meter backstroke and gold in the 200-meter backstroke.

In addition, he won silver in both the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events at the 2014 US Nationals.

2016 Olympic Trials

Murphy broke his backstroke marks by lowering himself second by second. Murphy was leading the field in 2016, touching the wall three seconds before.

Moreover, he was selected co-swimmer with his senior group colleagues, which included Bolles Swimming graduates. And also Joseph Schooling.

Murphy also qualified for the 2016 US Olympic Trials with a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. He started off around halfway behind David Plummer.

However, he arrived at the wall 0.02 seconds before him. Murphy then made up for the 200-meter dash.


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Murphy proceeded to win silver and bronze medals after returning to the NCAA Championships for four years in a row. Similarly, he competed in freestyle relays of 200-800 yards.

Despite this, Ryan Murphy has begun his professional career in 2017. Similarly, this occurred on the eve of the 2017 Philips 66 US Summer Nationals. There, he was signed by swimwear behemoth Speedo USA.

In actuality, he qualified for the World Championships by winning the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke in trials. He won silver in both the 50-meter and 100-meter backstrokes.

Consequently, at the World Championship. Murphy won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke and a silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke.

As a result, he was one among them to win gold in the 4* 100-meter medley relay.

Similarly, Murphy is proving himself by offering the best of the best on trials and qualifying for World Champions and the Olympics.

Murphy swam a 1:48.43 in the 200-meter backstroke during the 2020 Olympic Games, the fastest time in the 2021 year to that moment.

He qualified for the finals of the 200-meter backstroke at the 2022 US International Team Trials in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the 2022 season.

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Awards and Achievements

World Championship

  • 100 backstroke: 2017 (bronze)/2018 (gold)/2019 (4th)
  • 200 backstroke: 2012 (bronze)/2017 (silver)/2019 (silver)
  • 400 medley relay: 2012 (silver)/ 2015 (silver)/ 2017 (gold)/ 2019 (silver)/ 2019 (silver)/ 2017(gold)
  • 400 mixed medley relay: 2015 (gold)/2019 (silver)

Olympics – Gold (2016)

  • 100 backstroke
  • 200 backstroke
  • 400 medley


Ryan Murphy is not married, however, he is currently in a relationship with Bridget Konttinen. He frequently posts romantic photos of himself and his partner on social media. Murphy recently posted on social media that he and girlfriend Bridget Konttinen are now engaged.


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Age, Height, and Personality

Murphy, who was born in 1995, is 26 years old.

In terms of height, he is 6’3″ tall (191 cm). Furthermore, after following a rigorous food plan and the appropriate workout, we weigh around 91 kg (201 lb).

Ryan’s entire appearance is incomplete without grey eyes and black hair. Unfortunately, his physical measurement information is currently unavailable.

Net Worth

Murphy’s net worth is projected to be approximately $100 million, according to the Olympics Times. Similarly, his pay is likely to be in the millions.

The professional swimmer also works with many businesses and sponsorships, from which he makes a nice living.

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Social Media Presence

Instagram: 195k followers

Facebook: 37k followers

Twitter26.5k followers

Quick Facts

Full Name Ryan Murphy
Known as Ryan Murphy
Nickname Ryan
Birth Date July 2, 1995
Birth Place Palos Heights, III, United States
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla, United States
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida; University of California, Berkeley, Business Administration
Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Pat Murphy
Mother’s Name Katy Murphy
Siblings 2 (Patrick Murphy and Shannon Murphy)
Age 26 years old
Height 6’3″ (191 cm)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Black
Body type Athletic
Profession Swimmer
Marital Status Unmarried
Beginning of Professional Career 2011
Retirement N/A
Strokes Backstroke, Freestyle
Sports team Bolles School of Bulldogs, Jacksonville, Florida
Coach Dave Durden
Girlfriend Bridget Konttinen
Victory Olympics, World Swimming Championships, World Aquatic Championships
Net Worth $100 million


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