3x State Champ Zach Brown Gives Verbal Commitment to NC State

Zach Brown, a rising senior at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, has made a verbal commitment to swim for North Carolina State University (which is, conveniently, practically across the street from his high school) beginning in the fall of 2018. Brown said on his social media account:

“Excited to announce my verbal commitment to Swim at NC State! Thanks to everyone that’s helped me over the years.” [sic]

Brown won both the 200 IM (1:49.84) and 100 fly (48.78) at the 2017 NCHSAA 4A State Championships in February. He also split a 21.87 fly leg on the Athens Drive second-place medley relay and anchored their fourth-place 200 free relay in 21.19. The previous year he won the 100 fly (49.14) and was runner-up in the IM (1:52.10) as a sophomore.

He has also had an excellent junior year in club swimming with Marlins of Raleigh. He wrapped up his short course season at the 2017 NCSA Spring Championship, finishing fourth in both the 100/200 butterfly events and earning best times in the 500/1000 free, 50/100/200 fly, and 400 IM. At the recent U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials, Brown finished 15th in the 200m fly, one of only 2 17-year-olds in the top 16. He left that meet with new PBs in the 200/400 free, 100/200 fly, and 400 IM.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 fly – 1:46.19
  • 100 fly – 48.25
  • 400 IM – 3:52.55
  • 200 IM – 1:49.39
  • 500 free – 4:27.57
  • 200 free – 1:39.44

Brown joins fellow commits Jack Franzman, John Healy, and Nate Mullens in the NC State class of 2022.

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No Medal Mel
4 years ago

I knew he was a great country singer but had no idea he could swim!

4 years ago

Don’t think any males in North Carolina even look at UNC anymore. Sad

Reply to  Tarheel26
4 years ago

If you’re top level at this point why would you NC state is on the rise and is consistently top 5 now while UNC has been on the decline and often doesn’t even make top 20 anymore

4 years ago

I believe this is the 11th MOR swimmer to commit to NC State over the past seven years. Katelyn Linker, Nicole Giamber, Kendall Pena, Adam Linker, Scott Johnson (all of whom have graduated), Brooke Rubendall, Justin Ress (currently on roster), Julia Poole, Kate Moore (entering as freshmen this year), John Healy, and now Zach Brown (rising seniors in HS) for the men. Impressive!

Reply to  NCSwim
4 years ago

Wow… that’s a pretty good pipeline. Adam linker had a great career under coach Gary Taylor.

Sir Swimsalot
4 years ago

Golly I feel like I’ve seen his face somewhere…someone famous…

4 years ago

Brown went 159.0 200 fly at world champ trials last month. Quite versatile heading into college.

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