Colorado Breaststroker Zach Bartel Verbally Commits to Harvard for 2020-21

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Zach Bartel has announced his verbal commitment to the application process* at Harvard University for the 2020-21 season. He will join fellow class of 2024 verbal commits Arik Katz, Dylan Rhee, and Quinn Harron.

“I am very excited to announce my commitment to Harvard University. I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for all their support. Go Crimson!”

Like his older sister Zoe Bartel, who is a sophomore at Stanford this year, Zach Bartel is a breaststroke specialist. He is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School and was named to the 2019 CHSAA 5A All-State Second Team for his junior year season, thanks to a 2nd-place performance in the 200 IM (1:50.54) at the 2019 5A State Meet. He also placed 5th in the 100 breast (57.51) and anchored the 7th-place 400 free relay (46.09). Bartel does his club swimming with Fort Collins Area Swim Team. He is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and has Winter Juniors-or-better times in the 100/200 breast and 200/400 IM. He set the Colorado state record for 15/16 boys in the 200m breaststroke (2:18:85) this summer with his 19th-place finish at Speedo Junior Nationals. He also went best times in the 100m breast (1:05.63) and 200 IM (2:07.57).

Bartel has improved significantly during his high school career:

Best Event Freshman Sophomore Junior
200 breast SCY 2:17.54 2:08.36 2:00.86
100 breast SCY 1:02.21 1:00.05 56.66
400 IM SCY 4:36.77 4:08.57 3:57.46
200 IM SCY 2:01.47 1:54.49 1:50.54
200 breast LCM 2:34.50 2:25.25 2:18.85

Bartel would have scored in the C finals of the 100/200 breast and 400 IM at 2019 Ivy League Men’s Championships. It took 1:49.09 to get a second swim in the 200 IM.

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER: A “verbal commitment” by a coach is not an offer of admission, as only the Admissions Office has that authority. An Ivy League coach can only commit his or her support in the admissions process. Moreover, an Ivy League Likely Letter is not an offer of admission to the university.

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4 years ago

The trajectory is crazy. Hope he continues to improve at that rate, if he drops some more he time he will be extremely competitive. Congrats

John Clark
4 years ago

Wow..Parents raised some smart kids.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
4 years ago

2:00 on a 56.6 best is some impressive endurance.

Derigan Silver
4 years ago

Congratulations, Zach. A great swimmer from a great family going to an amazing team. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.

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