Zach Ruske Zach Ruske


Superior, CO

200 Backstroke
200 IM
400 IM
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2008-2009: Broke his own record in the 200 backstroke (1:47.08) while placing first at the MAC Championship meet. Also broke the 200 IM (1:51.06) and 400 IM (3:57.42) records this season. Was a member of the record-breaking 800 freestyle relay. Named to the first-team All-MAC and named the team’s “Most Outstanding Swimmer” at the conclusion of the 08-09 season.

2007-2008: Set school records while placing third in the 200 back (148.50) and 11th in the 200 IM (1:52.43) at MAC Championships. Also swam four relays at the MAC meet for the Bulls including the backstroke leg of the seventh place 200 IM relay (1:34.19), the anchor of the eighth place 400 IM relay (3:28.04), the eighth place 800 freestyle relay (6:56.40) and 10th place 400 freestyle relay (3:08.91). Named to the 1st team All-MAC and was MAC athlete of the week (11/4)..

2006-2007: Earned team’s Most Outstanding Athlete award and collected All-MAC Second Team honors for his performance at the league championships. Scored a fourth-place finish in the 200 backstroke final (1:51.59) after posting a lifetime-best time (1:51.45) in the preliminaries. Also finished fourth in the 200 IM (1:53.87) after a lifetime-best (1:53.82) in the prelims. Finished seventh in the 100 backstroke (52.18) and was part of three UB relays that set season-best times at the MAC meet.

Previous college: Attended Division II Metro State (CO) for the 2005-06 season. Saw little action with the Roadrunners.

High School: Won four letters for coaches Stacy Moore and Gretchen McSwain at Monarch High School. Earned All-American honors as a junior and senior and all-state recognition three times. Named to the all-conference team all four seasons with the Coyotes. Set the state record in the 200 freestyle relay. Also part of Boulder Swimming Club program where he was a finalist at the Junior National meet.

Personal: Born July 15, 1987. Son of Tim and Donna Ruske. Has one brother (Matthew) and two sisters (Maegan, Rachel). Hobbies include mountain climbing. Favorite food is green beans. Majoring in communication.

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