Southern Methodist Pulls In Class of 2025 Verbals from Ashley Lugbill, Tiffanie Ruan

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Photo Courtesy: Mark Lugbill / Tiffanie Ruan

NEW COMMITS: Southern Methodist University has picked up a pair of verbal commitments for the 2021-22 season and beyond from Mason, Ohio native Ashley Lugbill and Tiffanie Ruan of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Both talented swimmers will suit up for the Mustangs as a member of the class of 2025.


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Photo Courtesy: Mark Lugbill

She told Swimming World:

“I’m beyond blessed to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at SMU! I’m so thankful for my family, coaches, and teammates who have helped me get to where I am today! I can’t wait to be a mustang! #ponyup ?❤️?”

A Junior National qualifier, Lugbill does her club swimming with Mason Manta Rays and placed ninth in the 200 breast and 12th in the 400 IM at the Southern Premier Invitational earlier this year. She raced three events at Juniors East in December and competed at Junior Nationals last summer.

Her best times include:

  • 100 breast – 1:04.63
  • 200 breast – 2:19.87
  • 400 IM – 4:27.31
  • 500 free – 4:57.16
  • 1650 free – 17:00.33

Also competing for Mason High School, Lugbill is a five-time Ohio State Championship finalist. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American placed ninth in the 500 free and 15th in the 100 breast as a junior while taking seventh and 12th, respectively, in those events during her sophomore season.


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Photo Courtesy: Tiffanie Ruan via CollegeSwimming

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am beyond excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Southern Methodist University! I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me throughout this journey. Pony up! ❤️?”

Primarily a sprint freestyler, Ruan swims year-round with Fox Valley Swim Team and most recently raced to sixth in the 50 free at Illinois Seniors in March. Last summer, she achieved a pair of best times at Minneapolis Sectionals before going on to take 19th in the 50m back and 25th in the 50m free at NCSAs.

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 23.24
  • 100 free – 50.39
  • 200 free – 1:51.21
  • 100 fly – 56.20
  • 100 back – 57.14

A rising senior at Neuqua High School, Ruan is a three-time Illinois State Championship finalist. She earned bronze in the 100 free as a junior while taking sixth in that event during her sophomore campaign.

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