March 2017

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Berube ‘92 spent his Tuesday morning speaking with Benjamin upper school students in Ms. Misselhorn’s history class about his athletic career.

Berube ‘92 became a nationally ranked swimmer while attending Benjamin, where he was coached by Richard Cavanah. Berube won state titles in the 200 yard individual medley and 500 yard freestyle. Berube’s swimming career led him to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he took home gold for the 4X200 meter freestyle relay.
“The Olympics are an amazing thing to bring people together in a peaceful way that blends life together in a unique fashion,” Berube told the audience, as he passed around his Olympic medal. Berube praised Coach Cavanah for taking his career to the next level, and acknowledged his family for the many sacrifices they made in support of his swimming career.
Berube retired from professional swimming after the Atlanta games, but says he still enjoys the sport recreationally.
“The Olympics was the culmination of 17 years of my swimming career, but I would be just as proud if I never made the games.”
Berube was one of two Benjamin alums inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday March 19.

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