#11 Zhier Fan, Last Top-20 Holdout in Class of 2022, Verbals to Stanford

Fitter and Faster Swim Camps is the proud sponsor of SwimSwam’s College Recruiting Channel and all commitment news. For many, swimming in college is a lifelong dream that is pursued with dedication and determination. Fitter and Faster is proud to honor these athletes and those who supported them on their journey.

Zhier Fan from Plano, Texas has announced his intention to swim and study at Stanford University beginning next fall. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, he swims year-round with Metroplex Aquatics.

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to Stanford University. I would like to thank my coaches, friends, teammates, and family who helped me get here. Go Card! 🌲”

Fan ranks 11th on our list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2022. Fan’s verbal makes the Cardinal the only team to pull in four top-20 commitments; NC State and Texas each have three, while Virginia and Virginia Tech have two apiece. Fan will join a Stanford class of 2026 that also includes #2 Josh Zuchowski, #3 Liam Custer, #15 Andres Dupont Cabrera, and Henry Morrissey (“Best of the Rest”) and Rafael Gu (unranked). That’s a lot of firepower, and should conservatively rank Stanford as a top-4, possibly even top-3, recruiting class for 2022.

Fan is the fastest 100 breaststroker in the class with a 53.36 from March 2021’s Lone Star Spring Invitational. He won the 100 breast and 200 breast, was runner-up in the 200 back, and placed third in the 200 IM, and left the meet with PBs in both breaststrokes and the 200 back.

Fan won the 100 breast (1:01.74) at Olympic Trials Wave I, which qualified him to swim the event at Wave II, although he did not stay in Omaha for the second meet. He also swam the 200 breast in Wave I and tied for 17th place. At Speedo Summer Championships-West in August, he had three best times in three stellar performances. He finished second in the 100 breast (1:01.02), third in the 200 breast (2:13.87), and fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.62), all with significant time drops.

A member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team for 2021-22, Fan competed at the FINA World Cup stops in Berlin and Budapest in October. He finaled in the 100/200 breast in both cities and came away with SCM best times of 57.91/2:06.06 in the breaststrokes and 1:59.75 in the 200 IM.

Best SCY Times:

  • 100 breast – 53.36
  • 200 breast – 1:56.99
  • 200 IM – 1:47.76
  • 400 IM – 3:57.15
  • 200 back – 1:45.44

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

About the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour 

Fitter & Faster Swim Camps feature the most innovative teaching platforms for competitive swimmers of all levels. Camps are produced year-round throughout the USA and Canada. All camps are led by elite swimmers and coaches. Visit fitterandfaster.com to find or request a swim camp near you.


Instagram – @fitterandfasterswimtour
Facebook – @fitterandfastertour
Twitter – @fitterandfaster

FFT is a SwimSwam partner.

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
2 years ago

You people are pathetic. Let this young man enjoy his big moment.

what a team
2 years ago

Congratulations Zhier!
Fantastic 17 yr old sprint BR talent, that will immediately move the MR teams up the ranks at NCAAs, as well as points as individual.

If I’m not mistaken he picked up 2 medals at World Cup relays this month. He has a gold from Budapest, and a world Junior record for the winning Mixed Medley Relay. The 26 splits in 50m are awesome, and in BR sprint or IM he will make a difference

Robert Major
2 years ago

It takes a special category of pettiness to wish ill will on a kid who announces he’s going to the university with the lowest admission rate. He will join world-class athletes (Rose Zhang, for example) and students who will found companies, new inventions, and be captains of industry. Stanford changed my life, a kid from Oklahoma. You “haters” need to recalibrate your values. Robust rivalries are okay (but I always root for Cal when it plays another team than Stanford), but young people read these posts and must wonder what they’ve done wrong by their college choice.

young athlete
Reply to  Robert Major
2 years ago

Nahhhh we haven’t developed that “everything is a moral crisis” gene quite yet and still get that college rivalries are fun. I wasn’t offended by it. It’s not like they were making fun of my body or my face or my sexuality. Just silly college stuff. Perspective.

Reply to  Robert Major
2 years ago

I have followed recruit posts for years. I have never seen anything like this. Maybe a lot of bridges were burned? His OT Wave 1 win speech: “yeah, what he said,” referring to the second placer. Hopefully Stanford can help him with that.

It is just a post
Reply to  Robert Major
2 years ago

No one should read people’s post/responses for confirmation about their own life. The Swimswam comment section is for people with thick skin- it is full of haters, trolls, and agitators and some nice people too. I love Stanford – love it, but for anyone on this page who thinks that going to any school guarantees you anything in life in terms of swim speed, success, money, or happiness you don’t know anything about real life ish.

So confused
2 years ago

Congratulations!! Such an amazing accomplishment! Looking forward to seeing how Stanford improves with fabulous recruits and wonderful coaches.

Canadian Swammer
2 years ago

57.9 seems lowkey fast even for 1:01 LC I bet this dude will rip in the NCAA.

2 years ago

*Queue anti-Stanford bots

former D3 swimming prospect
2 years ago

thats a mean recruiting class

2 years ago

why tf downbotes?

Reply to  matt
2 years ago


Big mac #1
Reply to  matt
2 years ago

I guess the Stanford haters arrived

About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

Read More »