He was a member of the U.S. men's relay that established a new world record in the short course meters 400 Free Relay at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships.
On July 18, 2009 while swimming at the U.S. Swimming Sectionals in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bryan established a new American Record in the 50 meter butterfly with a time of 22.91, becoming the first American to swim under 23 seconds in the event.
Bryan attended Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, and was a member of the Stingrays Swimming club team. He swam collegiately for Auburn University, where he was a member of four consecutive National Championship teams.