Name: Martha Ruether
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Breaststroke, 100-meter Butterfly, 200-meter Individual Medley
Classification: S13, SB13, SM13
Height: 5-10
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
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 13th (100-meter butterfly)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 8th (100-meter breaststroke)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 4th (50-meter freestyle), 5th (100-meter breaststroke), 8th (100-meter butterfly)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2015, 2019
  • Top Finish: 4th – 2019 (50-meter freestyle)
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...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