Alabama State Champ Zachary Smith Verbally Commits to Notre Dame

Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Zachary Smith has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame for 2018-19. He will join fellow verbal commits Andrew Winton, Josh Bottelberghe, Márton Barta, and Max Miranda in the Notre Dame class of 2022.

“At the University of Notre Dame, I will be making my dreams a reality. I cannot wait to call South Bend my new home; over the next four years, I will be attending one of the greatest academic schools in the country and be a member of an unbelievable swim team. The culture and tradition in the pool and around campus are unbeatable. I believe the sky is the limit here, and I cannot wait to start this new chapter in my life. GO IRISH!”

Smith is a senior at Holy Spirit Catholic School. At the 2016 AHSAA Class 1A-5A Swimming and Diving Championships, he won the 100 fly (48.21) and was runner-up in the 100 back (50.06). The previous year, the then-sophomore placed second in the 100 fly (49.15) and fourth in the 100 back (51.54). Smith swims club for Crimson Tide Aquatics in Tuscaloosa. Over the summer he earned lifetime bests in the LCM 50/100 free, 50 back 100 breast, and 50 fly. His best times in the 100/200 fly and 100 back would have all scored in their respective C finals at 2017 ACC Championships.

SCY times

  • 50 fly – 21.75
  • 100 fly – 47.80
  • 200 fly – 1:47.10
  • 50 back – 22.69
  • 100 back – 48.48
  • 200 IM – 1:51.52

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Team USA

I’m kinda surprised he didn’t go to Alabama, since he’s from Tuscaloosa. He’s seems good enough to go there.

Fight On

Maybe in fly, not so much in back. He will probably bring more to the team at Notre Dame is why he went there.


These make me laugh. Have you seen their rosters recently? Both he and Jewels Harris would have been top tier there but got scared away.

Gig em

Who is Jewels Harris? Are saying Notre Dame is a better program than Alabama? Haha


Scared away?


Since when is a 48.4 100 back out of HS not considered good enough to swim at Bama? IMO that time would get him a walk-on opportunity at the very least anywhere. Especially if you take into account his fly times.


Agreed! Some of these comments….


That and they probably offered him more at ND. Money talks. Plus, he might have just wanted to get away from home.


Surprised??? Since when are you obligated to “settle” and choose a college just because it’s in your home town? WDE & Go Irish!


Wow, great pick for ND. Go Irish!

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