Josh Zuchowski on Stanford Commit with Liam Custer, Having His Dad as His Coach

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Josh Zuchowski, the #2 ranked recruit in the class of 2022. Zuchowski just verbally committed to Stanford along with #3 in their class, Liam Custer. Josh explains what went into this decision and his reaction to the SwimSwam commentor’s reactions. We also get deep in the weeds on Zuchowski’s swimming background, including what it has meant to have his father as his coach since he was 11.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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2 months ago

Wow! What an interview! Thanks Coleman for this interview. Hope to get Liam and some other girl recruits on here too.

Josh is an mazing young man. He was so well- spoken and the questions from Coleman were fantastic. Love to hear about the process and the journey he had taken. Apparently these recruits do read the comment section. So be nice everyone. And from what Josh said about the girl’s 2022 class, there would be some more coming.

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Christian Proscia
2 months ago

Proud of you always bro ❤️ Go Card

So confused
2 months ago

Excited for what is to come for Stanford with Dan and Neil. If I was a new recruit I wouldn’t want to say that “our class and the ones behind us are building blocks of the new Stanford.” Sorry class of 2024 and before- you were the old Stanford. Not the best way to create the team continuity.

Reply to  So confused
2 months ago

I am not confused. It’s just a sports cliche often used after a poor season or a few down years. He is not even there for another year so the new beginning is likely to start without him

So confused
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Poor choice of words. The Stanford Swimmers, both male and female, are fabulous and I’m sure they all chose to go to Stanford for the same reason he did. They are amazing for what they have endured the last year in Palo Alto- very different atmosphere then in Florida. I’m sure he meant no disrespect but words count.

Robert Major
2 months ago

Welcome to the Farm! I didn’t swim at Stanford but I had good friends who did. Stanford changed all of our lives — it’s a different school than any other. Rubbing shoulders with exceptional talents in so many fields (Stanford’s acceptance rate is usually the lowest in the country) makes for humility, new perspectives, widening horizons, and deepening of values. And, for the rest of your life, you will have that Stanford degree. There’s really no equal.

Lisa Sciscente
2 months ago

Congratulations Josh. Loved watching your first swimswam podcast. You have been a great role model for the Florida swimmers. We always enjoy watching you swim fast but it’s your character that sets you apart!

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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