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Rusch a record-setter in first swim meet with Duke Blue Devils

New Canaan’s Maddie Rusch, a Duke University freshman, swims to a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly during the All-North Carolina Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Oct. 5. Rusch hit the collegiate scene in a big way when she won three events, and was part of three meet records. (Patty Zarriello/Duke Athletics Photo)

New Canaan’s Maddie Rusch, a Duke University freshman, swims to a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly during the All-North Carolina Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Oct. 5. Rusch hit the collegiate scene in a big way when she won three events, and was part of three meet records. (Patty Zarriello/Duke Athletics Photo)

If first impressions are any indication, New Canaan’s Maddie Rusch is going to have one heck of a swimming career at Duke University.

Making her career debut as a Blue Devil, Rusch won three events, including the 100-yard butterfly and freestyle races, and finished third in another during the All-North Carolina Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Rusch also broke a pair of meet records in individual races, and was part of a record-setting relay team, as Duke shattered six meet marks.

The former New Canaan swim team captain, who graduated in June, started her college career in fine style with the Blue Devils’ 200-yard medley relay team.

Rusch swam the third leg, following sophomore Chelsea Ye and senior Christine Wixted, with senior Lauren Weaver in the anchor spot, and that quartet set a new meet record with a first-place finish in 1:43.74.

Rusch returned to the pool just a couple of races later and scored another first-place finish by winning the 100 butterfly in a meet-record time of 56.08 seconds.

She then collected her third victory, and third meet record, when she took the top spot in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 51.40 seconds.

Rusch’s final event of the day was the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Duke taking third place in 3:29.43.

Duke kicked off the dual meet season with a 195.5-143.5 win over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Rusch paced the Blue Devil womenwith first-place finishes in the 100 freestyle (51.91) and the 200 freestyle (1:54.98) at the Seahawk Natatorium.

She was also part of Duke’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which won the meet’s first race with a pool record time of 1:43.37.

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