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Mar 10, 2020

Middletown South Swimmer Ryan Foreback Leaves His Mark

By Les Pierce

Middletown High School South’s Ryan Foreback has left an indelible mark at the conclusion of his high school swimming career. The Eagle senior owns every freestyle record on South’s books: 50 free (22.58), 100 free (48.42), 200 free (1:46.78) and 500 free (4:44.60). He has broken records multiple times and, excepting the 50 Free, the records standing previous to Foreback’s posts dated back to the 1980s. In addition, he is a member of the record holding squad for all three relay events: 200 medley relay (1:42.55), 200 freestyle relay (1:32.57) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:20.13).

“Ryan was impressive when he came into the program as a freshman, but truly developed into a dominant swimmer as an upperclassman,” stated Middletown South Head Coach Bob Lightbody. “His focus, work ethic and determination were second to none, and his desire to win was extraordinary. Ryan’s leadership created an environment for success that the entire team benefitted from. He will truly be missed!”

Ryan Foreback, multiple record holder

In addition to competing for South, Foreback swam on several YMCA national scoring relays, including the 400 free relay, 400 medley relay and the 800 free relay. He was also a member of the Red Bank YMCA squad that captured the 2019 YMCA Long Course National Championship at the University of Maryland last August.

Foreback began his career in the pool at the age of 7, swimming for the Holmdel Pool Club’s summer league. The following year, he joined the Red Bank Y swim team and has been a competitive swimmer for 10 years. He will continue his career at Denison University in Ohio. In addition to his athletic achievements, Foreback is an AP Scholar has been inducted into the Middletown South National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society.