Jeff Rouse is a 1988 graduate of Stafford High School and a 1992 graduate of Stanford University. He was the number one ranked 100-meter backstroke swimmer in the world from 1989 through 1996, and represented the United States in two consecutive Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996.
Rouse began swimming when he was five years old at the Ferry Farm swimming pool in Stafford. When he was nine, he became a member of the Quantico Devil Dolphins. He set national age group records at ages 11 through 18 and was Swimming World's Age Group Swimmer of the Month in 1983. By 1986, Rouse was chosen Rookie of the Meet at his first U.S. National Championships. After graduation from Stafford High School, he enrolled at Stanford and was on his was to international stardom.
At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, he won a gold medal in swimming for the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay. He also received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 100-meter backstroke.
At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Rouse earned a gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. team in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay. In individual competition, he won another gold medal in the men's 100-meter backstoke. Rouse held the world record in the 100-meter backstroke from 1991-1999. He was captain of the USA 1996 Olympic team, as well as his Stanford University team.
Other accomplishments include: gold medal (4x100-meter medley relay) and silver medal (100-meter backstroke) at the 1994 World Championships; gold medals (100-meter backstroke and the 4x100-meter medley relay) at the 1996 Pan American Games; four U.S. National Championships: 1 (100-yard backstroke), 1(100-meter backstroke), 2 (4x100-meter medleyrelay); and seven NCAA National Championships: 3 (100-yard backstroke), 1 (200-yard backstoke), 1 (4x50-yard, 4x100-yard medley relays), and 1 (4x100-yard freestyle relay).
Rouse is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He became Stafford's first tourism manager for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the year 2000, and served in that role until 2002. He also served on the Stafford County Parks and Recreation Commission from 2012-2014.
Rouse has continued to support his Stafford hometown as a board member of several non-profit agencies.