Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind



Senior Martha Ruether is a record-setting swimmer for Allegany-Limestone who plans to swim in college. James P. McCoy / Buffalo News

The 50-yard freestyle is a demanding race where precious fractions of a second count. It requires exploding off the starting blocks, powering through the flip turn and an strong push to the finish. Martha Ruether takes the challenge of the all-out sprint one step further as she is legally blind.

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