MUSCATINE, Iowa–Competitive swimming has always appealed to Ryan Boeding, a Senior at Wilton Junior-Senior High School who swims for Muscatine High School. Thinking back to his first experience on a team in first grade, he recalls, “my mom signed me up for the Wilton Wave Makers, which was a club swim team through the Y at the Wilton pool–“I’ve been hooked ever since.” This February, Boeding took his swimming to new heights by earning second place in the 50 meter freestyle at the state swim meet and breaking the Muscatine High School record for the event twice in the process.
Due to its fast pace and challenging nature, Boeding considers the 50 meter freestyle as his favorite event. “It’s short, so you can’t make many mistakes, but I’ve mastered it,” he explained. At the district swim meet, Boeding broke the school’s previous 50 meter freestyle record of 21.07 seconds, set in 1998, with an impressive time of 21.05 seconds. He then proceeded to blow his own record out of the water quite literally with a state time of 20.85 seconds.
Though Boeding’s performance in the 50 meter freestyle gained him the most notoriety, he also distinguished himself in several other events. Boeding placed 10th in the 100 meter freestyle and he competed in both the 200 and 400 meter freestyle relay. His team placed 17th in the 200 meter freestyle relay and 20th in the 400 meter freestyle relay.
Reflecting on his performance at this year’s state meet, Boeding considers it the highlight of his high school swimming career because, “this is the best I’ve ever done, and I placed on the podium,” he said with pride.
Boeding also liked the experience of participating on a relay team as well. “The most enjoyable part was to actually have relay teams there–it was fun to have teammates there cheering me on,” he shared.
Along with swimming for Muscatine High School, Boeding swims with the Iowa City Eels club team. Whether with the Muskies or the Eels, Boeding values getting to train in the sport he loves while also spending time with the many friends he has made. He also appreciates the chance to travel with the Eels and getting to see new cities and states while competing.
As Boeding looks forward to graduating from Wilton Junior Senior High School in the spring of 2021, he already has his sights set on swimming in college. Earlier in the fall, Boeding committed to swimming with Lindenwood University, a division two school in Saint Charles, Missouri.