2003: A co-captain for the 2003 NU team, Sneed competed on floor exercise, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse and vault for the Huskers in the 2003 season. Sneed began his senior season on a high note, capturing a first-place finish on vault with a score of 9.20 at NU's season opener against Iowa. He then placed sixth on high bar with a score of 8.40 at the Rocky Mountain Open before notching a sixth-place finish on parallel bars (8.45) at Oklahoma. Sneed earned another first-place finish against Air Force, as he topped the parallel bars lineup with a score of 8.75. Sneed placed second on high bar with a score of 8.75 against Minnesota, before a seventh-place finish on high bar (8.65) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships. Sneed competed in the 2003 NCAA Team Qualifier, but was unable to advance to the individual qualifier.
Sneed ended his Husker career with MPSF Academic All-Conference honors. He also earned a prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship to attend the Stanford University aeronautics and astronautics engineering program.
2002: Making a success story out of his career at Nebraska, Sneed competed on the floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and high bar, earning a career-best mark of 9.35 on the vault against Michigan and Minnesota during 2002 regular-season competition. Sneed claimed two individual event titles during the season. The first came against Oklahoma on the vault (9.30), while the second came against Air Force on the pommel horse (8.75).
As a junior, Sneed was one of only three Huskers to qualify on three events at the NCAA Championships in early April. At his second NCAA Championship appearance, Sneed competed on the parallel bars (Tie-33rd, 8.05), pommel horse (40th, 7.70) and vault (Tie-28th, 8.95).
2001: Sneed stepped up and became a regular scorer for Nebraska in 2001. The tallest Husker at 6-0, he qualified for the NCAAs on both the vault and parallel bars. Sneed failed to place at nationals, but produced his best mark of the season on the parallel bars with an 8.70. His highest scoring vault was a 9.05 against Iowa, while his best score on the floor came at the MPSF Championships, when he scored an 8.60.
2000: After several key Huskers suffered injuries, Sneed was pushed into the Husker lineup sooner than expected. He competed only on vault in Nebraska's first three meets, but then added floor exercise and parallel bars after NCAA Champion Marshall Nelson's knee injury. Sneed also competed on pommel horse in the Huskers' last five meets, and the event proved to be his best, as he scored a career-high 9.40 on the pommel horse at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team competition.
Prior: Sneed competed in the all-around for coach Phil Cahoy while at Creighton Prep High School. He placed second in the all-around competition at the 1998 Nebraska State Gymnastics Meet and earned team MVP honors.
Personal: The son of Willis and Kathy Sneed, Ryan was born April 3, 1981. He has one sister, Shannon and one brother, Jason. A 1999 graduate of Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, Neb., Sneed was the salutatorian of his class and a National Merit Semifinalist.
Notes: Strong in the classroom, Sneed was the sole Husker selected as a gymnastics Academic All-American in 2002, and he was one of two men selected for the Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team. With a grade-point average of 3.96, Sneed graduated in May of 2003 with a degree in mechanical engineering.