July 15, 2013
THE FLATS – Rising senior Ryan Salmon of the Georgia Tech swimming & diving team has been selected to represent the United States at the 19th World Maccabiah Games, which begin Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Salmon is one of 24 swimmers in the U.S. delegation that will compete in the annual international Jewish athletic event in Israel. Salmon is expected to compete in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 50m freestyle. USA’s relay teams will be selected at the games.
“I’m proud of what Ryan has accomplished here at Georgia Tech,” said head coach Courtney Shealy Hart. “Any time you have the opportunity to represent your country on the international stage is an incredible honor. I wish Ryan and the US team best of luck this week.”
A native of Savannah, Ga., Salmon is seventh on Tech’s all-time lists in both the 100 breast (55.37) and 200 breast (2:01.13). He is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and competed in the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials.
Salmon’s inclusion in the World Maccabiah Games continues an impressive summer by the Yellow Jackets on the international stage. Rising junior Nico van Duijn is representing his native county of Switzerland at the World University Games in Russia, while classmate Andrew Chetcuti will compete in the FINA World Championships at the end of July in Barcelona, Spain.