Ryan Duemler



Name: Ryan Duemler
Sport: Para Swimming
Event: 400-meter freestyle
Date of Birth: June 28, 1995
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo.
Height: 6’3”,
Weight: 155 lbs
Classification: S8

Career Highlights:

  • Current U.S. record-holder in his class (S8) in 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle (long course) and 200-yard freestyle (short course)
  • 2013: Named to U.S. Paralympics Swimming World Championship Team
  • 2013: Named to U.S. Paralympics Swimming National B Team
  • 2013: Two American records broken at Spring Can-Am: 1st place in 400m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m breaststroke; 2nd in 100m freestyle
  • 2013 Jimi Flowers Classic: 1st place in 50-, 100- and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle
  • 2012 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials: 1st place in 400m freestyle

Duemler is a graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Town and Country, Mo. He was introduced to adaptive sports at the age of two through the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA), or Paralympic Sport Club St. Louis, a nonprofit founded by his physical therapist Kelly Behlman in 1997. He also swam with the Rockwood Swim Club, a nationally-renowned organization based in in Ellisville, Mo. Duemler has cerebral palsy, a condition which causes his muscles to tighten so that activities such as running are difficult. His competitive nature has led him to try a variety of sports, from wheelchair and able-bodied basketball to golf and sled hockey. It was in the pool, though, that Duemler discovered a talent that earned him a spot at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a member of the U.S. Paralympics Resident Swimming Program.

Duemler continually shines in competition at the international level. He is a member of the 2013 Paralympics Swimming National B Team, and already this year, he has earned a total of eight first-place finishes in just two meets: the 2013 Spring Can-Am in Minneapolis, Minn., in April, and the Jimi Flowers Classic at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in June. At the 2013 Spring Can-Am, Duemler broke two American records, including the 400-meter freestyle, which had been untouched for 13 years. He is also the current record-holder in his class in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle (long course) and the 200-yard freestyle (short course).