On Friday of this past week, senior Ryland Sun announced via his Instagram, his verbal commitment to swim and study at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

In breaking the news, Sun captioned an Instagram picture of himself in front of the FSU diving towers with:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and continue my education at The Florida State University. I would like to thank my family, coaches, and friends for supporting me on my journey, GO NOLES”.

Sun was born and raised in Arkansas where he began his swimming career. He says that he started to swim before he could even walk and continued swimming with the Arkansas Dolphins until he was about 10. From there he moved to China for three years and then finally moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he started high school at Lawton Chiles High School. In Tallahassee, he also swam for the club team Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club under coaches Terry Maul and Lawton School.

Sun is a sprinter, specifically in butterfly and backstroke. He does, however, swim some IM and free. At the end of the 2017 high school season, Sun placed first in both the 100y back and 100y fly at FHSAA 3A State Championship Meet in November. Another highlight in his swimming career was placing sixth at the Speedo Futures Championships in the 100m fly in August of 2017.

In regards to his commitment to FSU, Sun says he chose the school not only to further his academic goals, but also because of their prestigious Division I environment. Sun says “The coaches and the team have a great culture that I am excited to be a part of”.

Sun will begin the 2019 school year studying pre-clinical professions under the interdisciplinary medical sciences degree. Best of luck to Ryland Sun through the next four years, both in and outside of the pool!

Top SCY Times:

50 backstroke  23.45

100 backstroke  49.40

50 butterfly  21.97

100 butterfly  48.09

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By Cathleen Rabideau