Chalene Dirks-Ryan
Chalene Dirks-Ryan
Height: 5-6
Year: Jr.-2L
Hometown: Kelowna, B.C.
High School: Mount Boucherie Secondary
Position: Swimming

Academic Notes: Majoring in marketing … Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a freshman.

2009-10 (Sophomore):  Swam in four events at WAC Championships … Placed fourth on 800-yard freestyle relay with Krista Maier, Vivian Landeck and Claire Ferro … Finished 15th in the 200-yard backstroke … Was 17th in the 100-yard backstroke … Placed 19th in the 200-yard freestyle … Had two second place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke against Idaho on Jan. 9 … Turned in second (200-yard) and third (100-yard) best backstroke times on team.

2008-09 (Freshman): Earned a second team All-WAC Award with a sixth-place finish in the 200 backstroke at the WAC Championships in a season-best time of 2:02.43 ... That time also ranks as the third-best in school history ... Earned four wins in dual meets including an individual win in the 200 backstroke at Idaho on Nov. 14 and another in the 200 back vs. Loyola Marymount on Jan. 17 ... Also recorded three individual second-place finishes in dual meets ... Placed second in the 200 individual medley vs. Kansas on Oct. 18, third in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 back.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Mount Boucherie Secondary School ... Swam for the Liquid Lightning Swim Club and coach John Douglas for 10 years ... Three-time Team MVP ... Earned the team’s Most Dedicated Award twice ... Took home three gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze at the 2007 B.C. Provincials ... Held 30 short course meter records.

Personal Info: Chalene Rose Dirks-Ryan was born August 26, 1990 in Victoria, B.C. ... Daughter of Barb Turik and Rod Dirks ... Enjoys sleeping, eating, shopping and baking ... Father, Rod, played professional baseball in the 1970’s for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos ... Also considered North Texas and New Mexico in the recruiting process.