February 10, 2020
NAC Masters - Getting to Know Rusty Miller
When did you start swimming?
I started with the St. Mary’s Whalemen in Poughkeepsie, NY at age seven. I swam competitively for 15 years, including high school and college. I started Master’s swimming in my 30’s and joined NAC Masters in 2003.
What is your favorite memory from swimming as a kid.
There are honestly too many to pick. Running the halls — and nearly being kicked out — of the Biltmore in Providence, RI as kids. Getting my picture taken with my oldest sister on her birthday with Rowdy Gaines. My brother and me lifting the high school team to a long-pursued State Championship. Racing Dave Berkoff in my first conference final. Watching a 5’1 teammate as she sucker-punched another teammate after he sandbagged a 2,500-yard set and then passed her on the last 50 yards. She’s a judge now. Coaching my youngest sister’s high school team after college. Watching both sisters race head to head at D3 Nationals.
How is swimming/training different for you now?
The rhythm of the sport is pretty deeply engrained, so in many ways it really isn’t different. The intensity is just less.
What gets you to the pool in the morning? What drives you now?
Working out is a great way to get a good night’s sleep. As the value of sleep keeps rising, so does the payback from getting to the pool in the morning.
What is the hardest part about swimming as a Master?
It is a choice — a wonderful choice — to swim Masters. The hardest part is choosing to make time every day. I’m always glad when I do.
Tell us about your family? What do you do for a living?
I am with HSBC Bank. I work with large companies with international financing and banking needs.
My wife is a pediatrician. We have four kids who today are 19, 17, 14, and 10. Our 17-year-old son is also a swimmer with NAC. Triathlons, gymnastics, and softball show up in the house at various times of the year too.
How does NAC inspire you?
Ashley and the all of the Masters coaches bring great energy and camaraderie to the team every day. We are very fortunate to have them.