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Ryk Neethling HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 06, 2013
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Ryk Neethling

Ryk Neethling HOF
     By the time Ryk Neethling finished his college swimming career, he was a nine-time NCAA individual champion, a four-time Pac-10 Conference Swimmer of the Year, a seven-time Pac-10 Conference individual champion, a 17-time All-American, the 1998-1999 NCAA Division 1 Swimmer of the Year, and an Olympian. At the time of his induction, Ryk held the South African record in five different events and ranked in the top ten in the world in the 50,100 and 200 Freestyle and Individual Medleys.  At the time of his induction, Ryk’s nine career individual NCAA titles were the most by any student-athlete in the 100 plus year history of Wildcat Athletics.  The nine titles also tied for the third best overall in the 81 year history of NCAA men’s swimming and Ryk became only the eighth man in NCAA swimming history to win three back to back national championships. Amazingly, all 17 of Ryk’s All-America selections are of the first-team variety, meaning he finished in the top-8 of every race that he entered during his four years. Ryk has held over 20 junior national records and 22 South African National titles. He has represented South Africa and medalled in three Commonwealth Games, the most in South African history. He has also been a five-time finalist in the Olympics and the World Championships. 
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