#1 Recruit in Class, Zachary Tan, Verbals to Cal Bears (2022)

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DART Swimming’s Zachary Tan has verbally committed to the Cal Bears for fall 2022. Tan is the #1 recruit from our 2022 high school boys rankings.

I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of California Berkeley! I would like to thank my parents for their unwavering support, and all the coaches I have met in my journey who have believed in me. Go Bears!!


  • 100 free – 45.70
  • 200 free – 1:39.54
  • 100 back – 49.74
  • 200 back – 1:46.56
  • 100 breast – 55.43
  • 200 breast – 1:58.17
  • 200 IM – 1:47.23
  • 400 IM – 3:48.84

Tan is quite versatile; his best events are the IMs, and his best strokes are breaststroke and backstroke. At the time of our 2022 ranking release (April 2020), Tan was the top recruit nationally in the 200 breast and 400 IM in yards, and he’s still ranked very high in the class in both.

In long course meters, Tan holds Olympic Trials cuts in the 200 IM (2:03.57) and 400 IM (4:25.28).

Tan represents Singapore internationally, though. At the 2019 World Junior Championships, he competed in the 100/200 back, 200 breast and 200/400 IM, placing 15th in the 400 IM. He also swam the back leg of Singapore’s 400 medley relay and the 800 free relay.

Cal’s IM group is deadly; last season, they had eight men at 1:46 or better in the 200 IM, led by Daniel Carr (1:41.79), while five men were 3:42 or faster in the 400 IM.

Tan is the Golden Bears’ first commit on the men’s side for their class of 2026.

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ACC fan
2 years ago

Back/Breast, unusual combo

Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

These times are from after his sophomore year of high school. No one on the west coast really has put up times because of COVID 19. All high school championships cancelled & almost all meets this year cancelled. 348 4IM 147 2IM 158 2 breast as a sophomore are you kidding. These times are very elite as a sophomore. Let’s wait to see what happens when kids in California get to swim again.

Dan Diez
Reply to  Californiaswimdad
1 year ago

I watched him swim several events a month or so ago against Stanford and he is the “REAL DEAL”….great times in all his events and a 1:34 in the 200 free….

Zach Fan
2 years ago

Zach Tan is the best!!!

Zach Stan
2 years ago

So well deserved!! Hardest worker and most humble/versatile swimmer I know. Don’t listen to these fools…

That guy
Reply to  Zach Stan
2 years ago

No one said he wasn’t a hard worker or not humble or that he wasn’t versatile. He’s just definitely not what you’d expect from a top ranked recruit

2 years ago

Great choice and great pickup for the Bears. Welcome to the Cal family, Zachary!

2 years ago

Go Bears! Welcome, Zachary. Thrilled to have you here in Berkeley, best of luck in training and your studies!

Cal fan
2 years ago

GO BEARS! Technically they are still the defending National champions

2 years ago

This man don’t miss

2 years ago

Terrific for CAL 🙂

Congratulations go Bears! 🐻

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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