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

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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

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tnp101
1 month ago

Congratulations Zhier! Welcome to the Farm!

Big mac #1
Reply to  tnp101
1 month ago

Am I missing something or are y’all just haters?

"I was watching Squid Game"
1 month ago

Awesome job mate! I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees some great drops in SCY after that fat 57

zyzz brah
1 month ago

Go to Stanford if you want to hate swimming 🤜🏻🤛🏻

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
1 month ago

Well there goes another junior national team member

B1Guy!

Do people not like Schemmel or just the rigorous academics taking focus from swimming? Congrats Zhier, either way in our out of the pool your future is bright!

Jon

All you haters are a joke. No swimmer should ever be shamed for going to Stanford.

Dan is an amazing guy and Coach. The eduction is the best. 98% denial rate among applicants and those kids that got a 1600 on the SAT. If swimming does not work out your future is set.

Go to a public university and get plugged into a top swim program or go to a world class university and build something. This is why Stanford kids are who they are – the best would rather build something and be challenged is every way.

Every recruit who goes to Stanford knows who their coach is going to be in the next five years.… Read more »

Davis K
Reply to  Jon
1 month ago

Cal, UVA, Texas are public universities and world class, what are you trying to say about public universities?

Sam
Reply to  Davis K
1 month ago

UVA isn’t really world class if your definition of that is top-50 in the world. Not sure where Texas falls. Cal is great academically. But do you know only 22% of the undergrads are guaranteed housing, the lowest among all UCs? So students have to scramble to find housing, which is expensive, and cram into 2 bedroom apts with, say, three others. Classes can be so crowded that you can’t find seats if you get there late. Many clubs are competitive to get in. It’s like the whole environment is survival of the fittest. Quality of life is not great there. Those are pretty good schools and going to Stanford doesn’t guarantee anything in the future. But Stanford is on… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Sam
Davis K
Reply to  Sam
1 month ago

As someone who went to Cal, it really depends what classes you take/ overcrowded classes are a reality at every large public school. Quality of life is actually amazing, so I don’t get why you’re spitting these so called “facts” around…

Big mac #1
Reply to  Davis K
1 month ago

Don’t quite match up to Stanford

CHE_Swimmer
Reply to  Davis K
1 month ago

UVa is definitely not a world-class university in a same way Cal or Stanford is. It’s a good school (for most americans) but has never been ranked in the top 100 universities in the world by any publications (ARWU, QS, THE, USNews World)

Huh
Reply to  Jon
1 month ago

Yeah man, those Stanford women really building something from the ground up. Stanford fans really are just smug clowns.

Jon
Reply to  Huh
1 month ago

Must be a UVA fan – LOL

Let’s Go Brandon!

@K will go under 8 minutes in the 800.

I would advise you to change your screen name. Companies like TYR and Panasonic pay a lot of money to use Katie’s name, image, and likeness in their ads.

You have paid nothing to use KL’s name. Yet in the past week, you have disparaged one of her Olympic teammates (MA) and today her alma mater. This doesn’t seem right.

I bet you’re a pretty decent person. You can do better.

matt
1 month ago

why tf downbotes?

matt
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

*vote

Big mac #1
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

I guess the Stanford haters arrived

former D3 swimming prospect
1 month ago

thats a mean recruiting class

kosovo
1 month ago

*Queue anti-Stanford bots

Canadian Swammer
1 month ago

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

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