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March 22, 2019
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Ryan Wins Two Gold Medals at U.S. Open Championships

Kutztown senior Gillian Ryan continued her strong run at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Irvine, CA with her second gold medal Wednesday.

Ryan, swimming for North Baltimore Aquatic Club (same club Michael Phelps trains with), took gold in the 400-meter freestyle event with a time of 4:07.87.

Ryan was seeded first for the event and finished third in the preliminary race with a time of 4:11.49.

On Tuesday, Ryan brought home her first gold in a thrilling finish over Sarah Henry in the 800 free. She finished with a time of 8:25.57 and edged Henry by 82/100th of a second (0:00.82).

Ryan will continue her run at the U.S. Open championships later this week. She will compete in the 200 free Friday and 1500 free Saturday. Ryan is seeded first in the 1500 and fifth in the 200.

Berks alums: Penn State junior Nate Savoy (Wilson) finished 26th in the 200 backstroke and failed to qualify for the final. He had a time of 2:03.30. Teammate Caitlyn Karr (Wilson) finished 73rd in the 400 free with a time of 4:29.59.

About Jeff Kerr

Jeff is a sports writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester and a freelance contributing writer of BIC Sports. At the Daily Local News, Jeff covers high school football, girls tennis along with a myriad of other sports. Prior to the Daily Local, Jeff was a sports reporter for three years at the Reading Eagle. Jeff is a Penn State graduate and will bleed blue and white forever. A Berks County native, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to the local sports scene and enjoys covering any Berks sporting event. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_kerr for the latest breaking news in the scholastic sports world.