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Rising high school senior Tiffanie Ruan has verbally committed as the first public recruit for SMU Mustang women’s class of 2025. She attends Neuqua Valley high School, where she was a member of one of the most star-studded high school swimming classes in the country.
Among Neuqua Valley’s other rising seniors are World Junior Championships team member Rachel Stege, who is going to Georgia; state champion Megan Ciezczak, who is going to Kentucky; and state champion McKenna Stone, who is going to Cal. Stone is transferring in to the school after spending 3 seasons at Metea Valley.
The group has won the last 2 Illinois High School State Championship meets.
Last seaosn, Ruan’s contribution to the 2019 title in November was as the 3rd place finisher in the 50 free (50.45), and as a member of 3 Neuqua Valley relays. She led off their 2nd-place 200 medley relay with a 25.66 backstroke split, anchored the winning 200 free relay with a 22.54 split, and anchored the winning 400 free relay with a 49.98 split.
At SMU, Ruan will join her former Neuqua Valley High School teammate Maxine Parkinson, who is scheduled to swim as a freshman this season for the Mustangs.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 23.24 (22.54 relay split)
- 100 free – 50.39 (49.98 relay split)
- 200 free – 1:51.21
- 100 fly – 56.20
- 100 back – 57.32
The SMU women placed 2nd at last season’s AAC conference championship meet behind only rising powerhouse Houston. The Mustangs graduated 2 of their top 3 sprinters, Erin Trahan and Felicia Anderson, after last season, and the other, 3rd-place finisher in the 100 free Samantha Smith, is a rising senior.
Ruan’s presence will help pad those losses. Her 50 free would have tied her as 9th-fastest in the conference last season, while her best time in the 100 free would have ranked her 8th and put her in the A-final in the AAC Championships.
She is joined in the class by Ashley Lugbill, who announced her commitment to SMU this week.
Ruan trains with the Fox Valley Swim Team.
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