Taylor Ruck Will Redshirt 2019-2020 NCAA Season, Will Train in Canada

NCAA runner-up Taylor Ruck of Stanford has confirmed to SwimSwam that she will sit out the 2019-2020 college season while remaining in Toronto, Canada to train for the 2020 Olympics.

Ruck has been a phenom, both for Canada internationally and for Stanford in the NCAA’s short course yards format. As a freshman last year, Ruck was a two-time individual NCAA runner-up, taking second in the 200 free (1:40.37) and 200 back (1:47.59). She was also third in the 100 back (50.34) and helped Stanford’s 800 free relay win a national title with a 1:39.83 split. Ruck, the #1 recruit in her class leading the top-ranked recruiting class, helped Stanford win its third consecutive NCAA title.

Internationally, she won three bronze medals at this summer’s World Championships, as part of the 4×100 free, 4×200 free and 4×100 medley relays. Last summer was even more explosive, as Ruck won a record 8 medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games followed by five more medals at the Pan Pacific Championships, including a huge 200 free win over Katie Ledecky and Rikako Ikee.

Ruck, who just turned 19 in May, will swim for coach Ben Titley at Canada’s High Performance Center in Ontario. The Toronto-based group is the training home for a number of Canada’s top Olympic hopefuls.

In 2016, Ruck won two Olympic bronze medals on relays as Canada won six total swimming medals. A rising group of young Canadian women have brought the country into the international limelight, and Canada won 8 total swimming medals at 2019 Worlds, all of them in Olympic events. Ruck was on the cusp of three more individual medal: she was 5th in the 200 back, 4th in the 100 back and 5th in the 100 free while scratching the 200 free.

Even without Ruck, Stanford returns the most points of NCAA programs, though her relay legs will be especially hard to replace as the Cardinal chases a fourth consecutive NCAA title.

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Chas
2 years ago

She made the smart choice.

volmenusa
Reply to  Chas
2 years ago

A selfish choice

nuotofan
Reply to  Chas
2 years ago

@Chas: 4 and a half months ago, this was my opinion but absolutely not the opinion of the vast majority of Swimswam’s commenters: https://swimswam.com/2019-canadian-swimming-trials-day-4-finals-live-recap/

MKW
Reply to  Chas
2 years ago

Agree with CHAS, it’s her career and the Olympics are once every 4 years… I’m sure Stanford will be fine without her, they have ridiculous depth.

Woke Stasi
2 years ago

Is RED-SHIRTING even the correct term here? From the article, it sounds like she’s not even going to be enrolled in college during the 2019-20 academic year. I typically think of someone who “red-shirts” as enrolled in college but not competing and thus not using up any of their competitive eligibility. Freshman football players come to mind when I hear this term. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Ben
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

I wouldn’t know the correct use of the term “red-shirts”, but I’m wondering if it’s possible she’s taking at least a couple courses online.

Bo Swims
Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

Exactly. She may have 1 or 2 online classes or at the U of T as a visiting student.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

You’re right. Red-shirting applies to student-athletes. If she’s not enrolled, she’s just an athlete.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I think it also means they vote republican. 🙂

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Irish Ringer
2 years ago

So not Jewish then .

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

For what it’s worth, Ms. Ruck is already a Stanford alum — or to be more precise a “Stanford Alumna.” According to Gerhard Casper, the University’s beloved 9th President (1992-2000): “Stanford’s Charter says that a student is considered to be an ‘alumnus’ when he or she has completed 3 quarters (or 1 year) of satisfactory academic work.” Note that I am NOT conflating “alumnus” with “graduate” — they are two different things. Thus, Tiger Woods is a Stanford Alum, but not a Stanford graduate.

Swamfan
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

Smart marketing move…. get to claim successful people as alums even if they never earned a degree there. Sigh

JimSwim22
2 years ago

I agree that Ruck is a great NCAA swimmer but Phenom overstates the case. There must be at least 50 freshman who have outscored her individually over the past 50 years

Alec
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I think the #3 performer all time in the 200 yard free as a freshman is a phenom.

JimSwim22
Reply to  Alec
2 years ago

But NCAA Championship is about scouting and she didn’t win an event. Again, I think she is a fantastic swimmer and a better long course swimmer but Phenom to me implies either a younger age or someone like Ledecky who dominates as a freshman.

DLSwim
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

JIMSWIM22=Ol’ Longhorn

Swamfan
Reply to  Alec
2 years ago

Is the really the #3 performer all time in the 200 yard free? I don’t have the stats in front of me but I’m pretty sure Franklin, Comerford, & Ledecky, have all been faster

Admin
Reply to  Swamfan
2 years ago

Missy – 1:39.10
Comerford – 1:39.80
Ledecky – 1:40.36
Manuel – 1:40.37
Ruck – 1:40.37

So tied for 4th. But, she is the #3 freshman of all-time in the event, behind Missy and Ledecky, so maybe that’s what Alec meant.

Alec
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thanks Braden, I was going off the Noggin

Knows Nothing
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

Those others are also Phenoms++. Cool now?

Anonymous
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

She went 1:40/50./1:47 as a first year, thats a phenom

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I enjoy that you say phenom overstates the case, and then you overstate your own case. There are very few freshmen who score 50+ points individually at their first NCAAs.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I’m with you. Kind of cheapens the term “phenoms”. Regan Smith is a phenom. There are many, many freshman who have won NCAA titles and set NCAA records and even had one or more Olympic golds or WRs. Geez, Ledecky set or re-set 12 NCAA records and nine American records, and won NCAA titles as a freshman. Simone — NCAA record/title as a freshman. Lily King same. Missy same. Won’t even go back to Tracy Caulkins.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Could 17.63 could be thought of as a phenomenal race swam by a phenom or does dressing in a stall and having a pre-workout drink cheapen that?

Sccoach
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

Jim that is one of the worst takes I’ve ever seen in the swimswam comment section. Shame *ring* ring* Shame

JimSwim22
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

In my further defense at least 17 women have won an individual title 4 consecutive times since 1983, something Ruck will not do.

Spectatorn
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

phenom – a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer.

seems pretty accurate…

nuotofan
2 years ago

I already wrote my opinion in early April, after that 1.56.9 in the 200 free at Canadian trials.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

Could you provide the link to this reference?

nuotofan
Reply to  Irish Ringer
2 years ago

Everyone can search that article during Canadian trials: I had tons of downvotes and, I see, I have still downvotes 😃, northeless Ruck’s decision to return to train at HPC for the Olympic season confirms what I wrote at that time

nuotofan
Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago
nuotofan
Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

Interesting re-reading those comments (I really didn’t care, but because someone asked me to provide the reference..) at the end of the season Ruck has had.
My fault? I follow too much international swimming and so I well-reminded how Ruck was so-convincing in every performances in the previous season (she had an amazing improvement after her move from Scottsdale to HPC). Funny that at least some Canadian swimming fans didn’t worry about her performance in the 200 free (and the way she swam that 200 free) at Canadian trials.

Peatybeatsmyscytime
2 years ago

isn’t Taylor from AZ???

Nancy
Reply to  Peatybeatsmyscytime
2 years ago

Taylor was born in Kelowna BC Canada. She and her parents moved to Arizona when she was a baby.

John
Reply to  Peatybeatsmyscytime
2 years ago

That ship has sailed peaty

Swim
Reply to  John
2 years ago

Looking for GOLD!

Swim
2 years ago

Called it

Anonymoose
Reply to  Swim
2 years ago

Outstanding move.

marley09
2 years ago

With most of her HPC team competing in ISL this year I wonder what she will do for the rest of the calendar year? I’m assuming she can’t because of NCAA eligibility. World Cups maybe?

Nancy
Reply to  marley09
2 years ago

Train, train and train some more 🙂

Knows Nothing
Reply to  Nancy
2 years ago

Swim an occasional local meet, sleep, eat

volmenusa
2 years ago

selfish

Bo Swims
Reply to  volmenusa
2 years ago

Selfish? More like Taylor is a team player. Canada has a legit shot to win 4×1 and 4×2 Free in Tokyo. This squad is world record material.

Swimfan
Reply to  Bo Swims
2 years ago

Naw, the americans have a better chance to win the free relays compared to the Canadians

NJones
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Certainly on paper and after this summer yes. But the gap is closing and fast. Can was leading at 300 of the 4*1 and ahead of US until about 325 or the 350 wall? Only Maggie was faster than her trials flat start or personal best time. The other 3 were ‘good’ but not their absolute best. Hard for any relay to have all 4 fire at once but if the youngest team in the field continues to improve by a bit and they all fire when it counts they will be right in the mix.
Oh and the 4*2 was missing only a 2018 Taylor 154 split to be right in the mix of that one…

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