Name: Martha Ruether
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m IM
Classification: S13, SB13, SM13
Height: 5-10
Weight: 142
DOB: 7/3/1994
Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y.
Hometown: Allegany, N.Y.
High School: Allegany-Limestone High School (Allegany, N.Y.) ‘12
College: DeVry University ’17, Business Management
Team/Club: United States Resident Team
Coach(es): Nathan Manley
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 8th (100m breast)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 4th (50m free), 5th (100m breast), 8th (100m fly)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2015, 2019
  • Top Finish: 4th – 2019 (50m free)
Personal: Ruether got her start in swimming when she attended a swim camp for people with a visual impairment in 2004 when she was at school in Allegany, New York. She is a sprinter and has been in a hurry her whole life, as she was born 16 weeks premature weighing 1lb. 8 oz. and legally blind. Ruether made her senior international debut in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008....Daughter of Mike and Maureen Ruether…Has one sister, Courtney Harrigan…Martha enjoys knitting, spending time with friends and she is a Whovian…Her favorite movie is The Imitation Game…Favorite book is “All The Bright Places”…Enjoys hockey and can water ski.