Senior Karla Ruff (Seattle, Wash.), a member of the Seattle University women's swim team, has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com after her performance at last Saturday's dual meet at CSU Bakersfield.
Ruff won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.45, almost three full seconds faster than the time she posted the previous week at Idaho. She also finished second in both the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.12 and in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:23.56, cutting over a second off her time in that event seven days prior.
One of the team captains for the 2012-13 season, Ruff has participated in at least one of the breaststroke events and one of the individual medley events at the conference championships in each of her three seasons with the Redhawks. She currently holds the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley, set at last year's MPSF Championships.
"Karla has been doing a great job for us so far this season, whether it's her leadership as a captain or her performances in the pool over the first two weekends of competition," Seattle U head swimming coach Craig Nisgor said. "She has posted a lifetime-best time in at least one of her races during every meet, which is incredible taking into account how early we are in the season and how hard she has been working in practice leading up to these meets."
In the classroom, Ruff is majoring in humanities for teaching and currently carries a 3.4 grade point average. She is the athletics representative with Student Government of Seattle University (SGSU), and she is also involved with the Redhawk Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
The Seattle University swim teams will welcome alumni of the program back to the Connolly Center for an alumni meet this Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 12 noon. The next official meet for both the men's and women's swim teams is Saturday, Nov. 10, against Simon Fraser, also beginning at 12 noon at the Connolly Center.