Zach Fong from the Jersey Wahoos has verbally committed to the Virginia Cavaliers, bringing that team a level of versatility that it really needs right now.
Fong is strong in a number of different events, and could fill any number of roles for the rebuilding Cavaliers.
- 200 free – 1:39.54
- 500 free – 4:33.03
- 1650 free – 15:37.39
- 100 breast – 56.14
- 200 breast – 2:02.55
- 100 fly – 49.70
- 200 fly – 1:46.13
- 200 IM – 1:51.57
- 400 IM – 3:54.17
Fong was a very good 100 butterflier heading into his junior year, but in the 2013-2014 season became so much more than that. He dropped two seconds in the 100 breast, four seconds in the 200 breast, three seconds in the 200 fly, two in the 200 IM, almost six in the 400 IM, five in the 200 free, and an impressive 41 in the 1650 free.
While his best events are still the flys, it’s not as clear-cut as a year ago. If he were in college this year, his best schedule at ACC’s might include the 100 breast and the 200 fly. He would already be a top-16 scorer at ACC’s in the 200 fly, something only three freshmen achieved last year, but his improvements in the last year show that he’s probably not tapped out in any of his events.
When a swimmer is dropping three, four, five, or 41 seconds in an event, his specialty could go any number of ways in two years, and that’s what makes Fong such an exciting prospect for the Cavaliers. Their primary need this fall was for a butterflier, but after All-ACC performer and junior Yannick Kaeser, the breaststroke group is very thin as well.
Fong swims for Morrestown High School in New Jersey, and is the defending state champion in the 100 fly and 500 free.