2007 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TRIPLE GOLD AND DOUBLE SILVER MEDALIST  •  2007 NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION (200 IM)  •  FOUR-TIME NCAA RELAY CHAMPION  •  SAPPHIRE AWARD RECIPIENT (UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE)  •  17-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
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Adam Ritter

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Personal Info

Born On:  January 14, 1985
Hometown:  Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Resides:  Tucson, Arizona
Education:  Arizona- Civil Engineering
Height:  6' 7

Biography

Adam Ritter just missed qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Three years later, he was winning medals for Team USA at his first international meet, the 2007 World University Games in Thailand.

Adam is a prime example of the “student” part of student-athlete, holding a 3.13 GPA as a Civil Engineering major at the University of Arizona. He was a member of the 2006 and 2007 All-Academic Pacific-10 Conference Team and given the Sapphire Award as the University of Arizona’s Top Male Student-Athlete in 2007.

A fifth-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Arizona, Adam has shown yearly improvement in his swimming. He went from a little-known freshman to an individual NCAA champion by his senior year, winning the 200 individual medley as a senior in 2007. That summer, he qualified for the World University Games. At that meet, Adam led the U.S. squad with five medals, including three gold. He won the 200m free in a meet record time and also took silver in the 100m free.

Adam is keenly aware of the fragility of an athletic career, and indeed of life itself. As a high school junior, he suffered a stress fracture in his back that doctors initially thought would not only end his athletic career, but could also lead to trouble just walking later in life. Luckily for him, the injury turned out to be less serious than first thought and he recovered before season’s end. But Adam’s familiarity with a more serious health problem stems from a condition his father and uncles suffer from – deep vein thrombosis.

Adam has watched his father give up activities he once enjoyed like jogging and riding his bike because of the blood thinning medication and the threat of injury. However, Adam has also seen him become more health conscious, improving his blood pressure, weight and overall general fitness. Deep vein thrombosis can be hereditary, so Adam wants to make sure he learns more about the symptoms and causes for his own future health, and he also hopes to raise awareness of the condition.