Cowboys Win First WAC Dual of the Season
Kalms And Hartigan Earn Most Outstanding Athlete Awards
The Pokes Placed 12 Individuals On The First Or Second Team
Both Teams Sit In Third Place Of Their Respective Conference Championships
The Cowgirls Move Up Four Places At MW Championships
Senior (2013-14): Rutecki saw limited action in his final season with the Pokes. He competed in the 100 freestyle at the Western Athletic Conference Championships finishing with a time of 49.61. He also competed in the 100 butterfly at the WAC Championships with a time of 52.29. Rutecki swam a 50.96 in the preliminaries. Rutecki swam a season-best 50.94 in the 100 butterfly in the Cowboys dual tie against UNLV. Against Denver, he swam a season-best time of 21.29 in the 50 freestyle.
Junior: (2012-13): Ruteki was one of the established veterans for the Cowboys during his junior season. Nick earned Second Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, after being a key cog in the Cowboys 200 freestyle and medley relay teams that earned a pair of third-place victories at the MPSF Championships. He also was also part of a school record time of 1:20.09 in the 200 freestyle event, as he is now part of two Cowboy relay records. At UNLV, Ruteki swam a personal best 51.23 in the 100 backstroke. He also swam a personal-best 49.05 in the 100 butterfly at the MPSF Championships. He opened his season with a pair of first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (51.38) and 200 medley relay team.
Sophomore: (2011-12): Rutecki continues to solidify himself as one of the Cowboys top sprint freestyle swimmers. At the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, he earned top-10 finishes in three relay events and one individual event. He helped the 200 (1:28.40) and 400 (3:14.58) medley relays as well as the 200 (1:20.80) freestyle relay teams to runner-up finishes. Individually, he earned a top-10 finish in the 50 freestyle placing eighth with a time of 20.88. Rutecki earned four Second Team All-MPSF honors in the 200 and 400 medley relay's, the 200 freestyle relay and an individual award in the 50 freestyle. He also swam for UW at the Houston Cougar Classic finishing three of his five events in the top five. He helped the 200 medley relay team to a victory with a time of 1:30.45 as well as aiding the 200 freestyle relay team to a runner-up finish (1:22.85). Individually, his best finish at the Cougar Classic came in the 100 butterfly touching the wall in fourth with a time of 51.38. At winter training during the Citrus Classic he finished second in both, the 50 free (21.92) and the 100 fly (53.21).
Freshman: (2010-11): Rutecki was another freshman who had a breakout year for the Cowboys in 2010. He helped the 200 medley relay team to a fourth-place finish at the Mountain West Championships. He and his 200 medley relay teammates posted the fastest time of the season for UW in the relay swimming a 1:28.89 at the conference championships. He also swam the 100 fly at the MW Championships, placing 15th. Rutecki won the 100 fly at the Nebraska-North Dakota triangular. He also earned his first letter award as a Cowboy.
High School: Rutecki excelled as a swimmer at Juneau High School earning a letter award each year he was in school. He was named four-time All-America. Rutecki set the Alaska high school record in the 50 freestyle at 20.73. He also excelled in the classroom, being named to the honor roll four consecutive years.
Personal: Rutecki was born on Sept. 30, 1992 in Juneau, Alaska. He is the son of Tom and Mary Rutecki, and has two siblings, Jenna and Sam. He is majoring in mechanical engineering at UW.