Don sophomore was named Outstanding Swimmer at National Catholic Swimming Championships


Ryan Banon

At last weekend’s National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships, held Loyola University in Maryland, Loyola Blakefield sophomore Ryan Branon turned in four spectacular performances and earned the honor Outstanding Male Athlete of the Meet.

In leading the Dons to a third-place performance in the teams standings, Branon swam the butterfly length of the 200 medley relay with a blistering split time of 21.42 and the relay finished with a time of 1:34.58, which is a High School All-American submittable time.

Branon then followed that swim with a first place swim in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.17 winning the event in over a second.

Finally, Branon swam his signature event, the 100 butterfly, and not only won the event by almost a second but also broke the National Catholic Meet Record with an automatic High School All-American time of 48.84. This is also a Loyola Blakefield school and MIAA league record.

Branon, in his final event, was the anchor on the Loyola Blakefield 400 free relay in which he swam a 100 free split in 44.86, which easily would have won the 100 free event if he were entered, and his split helped Loyola secure another High School All-American submittable time of 3:08.42.