Ray Ruddy

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Ray Ruddy
Personal information
Full name Raymond Maurice Ruddy
Nickname(s) "Ray"
Nationality  United States
Born (1911-08-31)August 31, 1911
New York, New York
Died December 4, 1938(1938-12-04) (aged 27)
New York, New York
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, water polo
Club New York Athletic Club
College team Columbia University

Raymond Maurice Ruddy (August 31, 1911 – December 4, 1938) was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States as a 16-year-old at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1] He competed in the men's 400-meter freestyle, and placed sixth in event final with a time of 5:25.0.[1][2] He also finished fourth overall in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle in a time of 21:05.0.[1][3]

Ruddy was born in New York City, the son of 1904 Olympic swimmer Joe Ruddy.[4] He attended Columbia University in New York, where he was a member of the Columbia Lions swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He won the 1930 NCAA national championships in the 440-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.6.[5]

At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, he was a member of the ninth-place U.S. water polo team.[1]

Ruddy died as a result of brain injuries sustained in an accident fall in 1938; he was 27 years old.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ray Ruddy. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games, Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Joe Ruddy. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  5. ^ HickokSports.com, Sports History, NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ray Ruddy, Olympic Swim Star, Killed By Plunge Down a Flight of Stairs," The New York Times (December 5, 1938). Retrieved March 28, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Ray Ruddy – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com