McAninch Student Athlete of the Week – Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic

Ryan Schweizer of Dowling Catholic has made quite the name for himself  for the Maroons over the past few seasons as a runner with the track and cross country teams along with his accomplishments in the pool with the swimming team. At the Drake Relays Schweizer added to his resume as he was awarded the Robert Kramme Award, which is given to the top boys high school competitor. There he took home the title in the 1600 and 800 for the 2nd consecutive year, becoming the first high school athlete to complete that accomplishment and finished his career at the Drake Relays with 5 titles.



Adding to his work on the track at Drake, Schweizer won the 4A individual title in cross country along with helping Dowling Catholic to the team championship. Schweizer won the 4A title with a time of 15:45.3, winning the race by over 16 seconds. With the Maroon swim team, he was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that qualified for the state tournament and finished 10th.

As great as Ryan Schweizer accomplishments are as an athlete, his work as a student and volunteer are stunning. Ryan will graduate this spring with an academic excellence award which is honored by having a GPA of 3.66 or higher for four years.

He will receive a service cord for doing over 200 volunteer hours over the last 4 years in high school. Ryan also worked this past semester to qualify for the DCHS Christian Service Cord.  This honor, to be recognized at graduation, requires that students offer and record almost 3 times the minimum number of Christian Service hours that each Dowling Catholic student must complete for graduation.  Ryan recorded just under 100 hours in this spring semester to almost double his overall total.  In the midst of swim season and track season and retreat preparations he dedicated himself to serving the vulnerable for almost 100 hours.  Schweizer volunteers with various organizations including the Catholic Youth Camp where he is a camp counselor along with volunteering with the Courage League assisting youth and adults with special needs in recreational activities. This spring he helped lead, with five other seniors, a Kairos group on a weekend retreat.

Schweizer was selected to help lead a weekend spiritual retreat for the underclassmen at Dowling Catholic High School.  He was one of only 42 seniors given this opportunity and he was selected because of his visible leadership and his willingness to share his faith in Jesus.  During the retreat he offered his friendship, his convictions about his faith and his willingness to sacrifice for the sake of something bigger than himself.  His openness about his faith story and his attempts to train himself in holiness like he trains himself in athletics had a discernible impact on the students on the retreat.

With all of this, Schweizer also has time to work as a life guard and teaching swim lessons.  This fall he will attend the University of Notre Dame and will continue to run cross country and track for the Irish.

Congratulations to Ryan Schweizer, this weeks McAninch Student Athlete of the week. If you know of a student athlete that is deserving of a nomination, email