Australian Age Group Record-holder Yanning Zhang Commits to Princeton for 2023-24

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Yanning Zhang from Melbourne, Australia, has announced his commitment to the Princeton men’s swimming and diving class of 2027. He wrote on social media:

“I’m both excited and honoured to announce my verbal commitment to the application process at Princeton University. I would like to thank all my family, coaches and friends who have supported me through my swimming journey. I can’t wait to meet everyone in person later this year!! Go tigers 🐯🐯”

Zhang trains with Nunawading Swimming Club and specializes in sprint back, free, and fly. He holds Victorian records for 17-18 years in the SCM 100 back (53.00, previously set by Joshua Beaver in 2011) and 50 free (22.26, previously set by Matthew Temple in 2017) and for 15years in the LCM 50 back (27.12) and 50 fly (25.77).

Zhang won the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 IM at the Victorian Short Course Championships in August. Last April, Zhang helped the Nunawading Swimming Club finish second in the team standings at the 2022 Australian Age Championships. He won gold in the boys 17 years 50 fly (24.56) and bronze in the boys 17 years 100 back (56.76) and he was a member of the four quartets that swept all the relays (boys 16-17 years 200 free, boys 14-17 years 400 free, boys 16-17 years 200 medley, and boys 14-17 years 400 medley). He also finished sixth in the 50 back (26.62), seventh in the 50 free (23.53), and 13th in the 100 free. Before that, he won national age titles in the 200 back and 200 IM in 2018 and in the 100 back and 200 IM and in 2019.

Best times (converted to SCY):

  • SCM 50 back – 24.67 (22.22)
  • SCM 100 back – 53.00 (47.74)
  • SCM 50 free – 22.26 (20.05)
  • LCM 50 fly – 24.56 (21.58)
  • SCM 100 IM – 55.34 (49.85)

Zhang’s best times, converted, would have scored in the B finals of the 100 back and 50 free at the 2022 Ivy League Men’s Championships. He will join class of 2023 “Honorable Mention” sprinter Ethan Harrington, Arthur Balva, Connor Buck, Daniel Li, Noah Sech, and Parker Lenoce when he arrives in Princeton next fall.

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1 month ago

You love to see it mate!

X Glide
1 month ago

Princeton with yet again another great recruit!

Jim Tuchler
1 month ago

Fantastic choice. Welcome to being a Princeton Tiger. Gonna be great!

1 month ago

great job, swim fast

Helber Watch
1 month ago

Welcome to the fam

1 month ago

Congrats Yanning! Looking forward to see you swim next year!

1 month ago

Great news for Princeton! Congratulations Yanning and best wishes for a great four years as a Tiger!

Coach DL2
1 month ago

Wow! Awesome! Yanning, congratulations on your decision to join the Tigers. We are very excited to cheer for you! The team is on an exciting path and you’ll contribute directly to their future success. Woo hoo! 🙂

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