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Duke Swimming & Diving BIO
Maddie Rusch
Player Profile:
Maddie Rusch 1319647
Position: Sprint Free/Fly
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
City/State: New Canaan, Conn.
High School: New Canaan

Career: Three-time NCAA qualifier, guiding two Blue Devil relays to top-20 showings at the national meet her senior year ... As a freshman, helped Duke's 200 medley relay earn automatic qualification to NCAAs in a first for the program ... Scored at the ACC Championships all four years, placing 10th individually in the 50 freestyle as a senior ... Graduated as the program record holder in the 50 (22.14) and 100 freestyle (49.18) ... Also ranked fourth in program history in the 100 butterfly (53.05) ... Set school records as a member of the Blue Devils' 200 (1:28.51) and 400 (3:16.37) freestyle relays and on the 200 medley relay (1:37.19) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America first team and honorable mention selection ... Three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team ... Team captain as a senior ... Directed the program's Swimming with the Blue Devils initiative as a senior.

Honors: CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (2016) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2015) ... All-ACC Academic (2014, 2016, 2017) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015, 2016)

2016-17: Broke the 100 freestyle program record in the final swim of her collegiate career, leading off Duke's 400 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships with a 49.18 split ... That group finished 23rd in preliminaries ... Also competed on 200 freestyle relay that placed 18th in preliminaries and anchored 200 medley relay that tied for 19th ... Member of 200 freestyle and medley relays that broke school records and surpassed the NCAA automatic standards at the ACC Championships ... Individually, placed 10th in the 50 freestyle and took 16th in the 100 butterfly after clocking a career-best 53.05 in preliminaries ... Anchored winning 200 medley relay against No. 5 Virginia (1/20) and in a win at North Carolina (1/29) ... Also broke a Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion record in the 50 freestyle against the Cavaliers ... Added a win in the 400 freestyle relay against the Tar Heels ... Member of Duke's 200 medley relay that broke the Taishoff record against South Carolina (1/14) ... Swept both sprint freestyle races against the Gamecocks ... Third in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 freestyle at the NC State GAC Invite ... Matched the 100 freestyle program record with a 22.14 swim ...  Opened the season by winning three individual events at Virginia Tech's quad dual (10/21-22) ... Also anchored the winning 200 and 400 medley relays and led off the first-place 400 freestyle relay at the same meet ... Recipient of a Blue Devil Award, which celebrates excellence and leadership in the pool, the classroom and in the community, at the program's annual end-of-the-year banquet. 

2015-16: Made second career appearance at the NCAA Championship, competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and on Duke's 200 and 400 freestyle relays ... Both relays finished 21st in preliminaries ... Placed top 40 individually in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly ... At ACCs, finished 11th in the 50 freestyle, 13th in the 100 butterfly and 18th in the 100 freestyle ... Finals clocking of 49.55 in the 100 freestyle ranked fourth all-time at Duke ... Helped guide the Blue Devils' 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays to fifth-place finishes in the conference ... Won the 50 freestyle four times during the year ... Competed on 200 medley relay that logged four wins during the regular season ...  Led off winning 400 freestyle relay at South Carolina (1/8) ... Helped set program records as a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the Nike Cup Invitational ... Individually, took second in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly at that meet ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.

2014-15: Duke's top performer in the 50 freestyle as a sophomore … Finished 14th in the event at the ACC Championship after notching a season-best time of 22.62 in the preliminaries … That mark surpassed the NCAA provisional standard … Also scored in the bonus finals of the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle at the ACC meet, while achieving an NCAA ‘B' cut in the 100 butterfly … Guided the Blue Devils' 200 freestyle relay to a sixth-place finish in the conference … The group's time of 1:30.72 ranked third on the program's all-time performance list … Member of the 400 freestyle (3:21.21) and 200 medley (1:39.27) relays that recorded the second-fastest marks in school history at ACCs … Helped 200 medley relay set facility records in Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion (1/10) and at Old Dominion (11/8) … Also broke Old Dominion's pool record in the 100 butterfly with a 55.57 performance … Took second in the 100 butterfly at the Nike Cup Invitational … Won the 50 freestyle six times during the regular season. 

2013-14: Helped the Blue Devils' 200 medley relay earn automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship in a first for the program ... Swam the butterfly leg on that relay, which broke the school record with a 1:37.91 performance in a fifth-place showing at the ACC Championship ... Also helped the 200 freestyle, 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays set program records at the conference meet ... Competed on the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays in the NCAA Championship preliminaries ... Scored for Duke in three individual events at the ACC meet, finishing 13th in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 50 and 100 freestyle ... Broke school records in both freestyle events ... Won the 100 freestyle seven times during the regular season and the 100 butterfly on five occasions ... Took first in both events in her collegiate debut at the All-North Carolina Invitational.

Prior to Duke: Four-year letterwinner for David Fine at New Canaan … Three-time NISCA All-American … Four-time conference champion and state record holder in the 50-yard freestyle … Guided her team to a pair of conference titles … Garnered all-state and all-conference recognition each of her four years … School record holder in the 100 butterfly … Member of the New Canaan YMCA Caimans club team … Earned High Honors every quarter.

Personal: Born Madeline Zainat Rusch on Oct. 19, 1995 in Stamford, Conn. … Daughter of Kevin and Dina Rusch … Has three sisters, Tory, Ali and Olivia … Sister, Tory, played softball at Bowdoin College (2012-15) ... Majoring in sociology. 

Rusch Career Bests:

50 Free 22.14 Duke record
100 Free 49.18 Duke record
100 Fly 53.05 4th all-time at Duke


On Duke's Relays:

200 Free Relay 1:28.51 Duke record
400 Free Relay 3:16.37 Duke record
200 Medley Relay 1:37.19 Duke record


At the NCAA Championships:

2014 23rd, 200 Free Relay (1:29.90)
28th, 200 Medley Relay (1:39.32
2016 21st, 200 Free Relay (1:30.05)
21st, 400 Free Relay (3:17.26)
34th, 100 Fly (53.22)
37th, 50 Free (22.58)
51st, 100 Free (49.66)
2017 18th, 200 Free Relay (1:29.13)
t-19th, 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61)
23rd, 400 Free Relay (3:16.93)


At the ACC Championships:

2014 5th, 200 Free Relay (1:30.01)
5th, 200 Medley Relay (1:37.91)
6th, 400 Free Relay (3:20.13)
7th, 400 Medley Relay (3:37.92)
13th, 100 Fly (53.97)
14th, 50 Free (22.70)
14th, 100 Free (49.68)
2015 6th, 200 Free Relay (1:30.72)
8th, 400 Free Relay (3:21.21)
8th, 200 Medley Relay (1:39.27)
9th, 400 Medley Relay (3:43.29)
14th, 50 Free (22.76)
21st, 100 Fly (53.87)
24th, 100 Free (50.43)
2016 5th, 200 Free Relay (1:30.09)
5th, 400 Free Relay (3:17.71)
6th, 200 Medley Relay (1:38.10)
11th, 50 Free (22.58)
13th, 100 Fly (53.43)
18th, 100 Free (49.55)
2017 5th, 200 Free Relay (1:28.51)
6th, 200 Medley Relay (1:37.19)
10th, 50 Free (22.25)
16th, 100 Fly (53.44)
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