#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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8 months ago

Versatile for sure
Is anything outside the 400 Im elite?

Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

You said it perfectly

Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

Not sure about that #1 ranking

Last edited 8 months ago by Breezeway
Swim nerd
Reply to  Breezeway
8 months ago

That was nearly a year ago, things have changed since then

Reply to  Swim nerd
8 months ago

Things have changed and Baylor Nelson needs to be bumped up.

Reply to  Breezeway
8 months ago

Where is Baylor going to college?

Reply to  SwimDad
8 months ago

He is not committed!

Reply to  Breezeway
8 months ago

CollegeSwimming.com has:

1) Liam Custer
2) Christoffer Andersen
3) Sebastien Sergile
4) Landon Gentry
5) Lance Norris
6) Joshua Zuchowski
6) Baylor Nelson

John Appleseed
Reply to  SwimDad
8 months ago

Collegeswimming.com ratings are absolute BS.

Reply to  John Appleseed
8 months ago

Yeah, their methodology dramatically overweights the value of distance events, because of the ‘percentile’ scale they use. Not as many kids swim distance events, so an average mile time gets a really good score.

It even more dramatically overweights long course times – again, because most HS swimmers have comparatively inferior results in LCM to SCY.

Both of those things are the opposite of what most college coaches are looking for given the format of the NCAA: short course sprinters.

If you’re Jack Bauerle or Bob Bowman, it’s a great system to identify your top candidates.

Reply to  swimapologist
8 months ago

That’s facts it incentives one hit wonders and not spread out and versatile swimmers with still plenty of speed

Reply to  Bruh
8 months ago

Yeah they really only value your 2 best events if you aren’t a 1.00 level swimmer. Also, they absolutely favor distance swimmers because they factor in the 1000 free into their ratings while not factoring in the 100im. The 100im 1.00 standard is even faster than Shane Casas’ American record, no high school swimmer has the capability to reach it!

They also heavily overrate the 200fr; for instance, a winter junior 1:39 200fr will get a 12 power index, while an equally good winter junior level 200bk or 200br, at a 1:49 or a 2:04, gets an 18 or 19.

Overall, a crappy website with a crappy rating scale, there are so many good sprinters and 100 stroke swimmers ranked… Read more »

Reply to  Breezeway
8 months ago

Maybe top 20 ranked

Reply to  Doconc
8 months ago

Very elite times for a sophomore.
That’s when most of these times were swam. Most kids on the west coast, particularly California have not swam since because of COVID 19. High school champs & state meet all cancelled last year & no meets this year mostly. Pretty elite times as a sophomore in high school. Let’s wait to see how the kids on the west coast do when they get the opportunity

8 months ago

Terrific for CAL 🙂

Congratulations go Bears! 🐻

8 months ago

This man don’t miss

Cal fan
8 months ago

GO BEARS! Technically they are still the defending National champions

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

Zach Stan
8 months 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
8 months 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

Zach Fan
8 months ago

Zach Tan is the best!!!

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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