Gotham has been saved. Zach “Batman” Harting has officially qualified for the 2021 US Olympic Team.
Tonight, Harting touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly, adding a new title to his name: “Olympian”. “What was his motivation?” You might ask. “You get to sit on the lane line if you win!” Harting told reporters in his post race interview. Unlike Batman, Harting doesn’t mind some rule-breaking.
Harting’s Dark Knight first rose to prominence in 2016 when he made the final at the US Olympic Trials. At the final, Harting stole the show, making a superhero appearance in full costume. As the attention drew back to the pool, Harting fought his way through the water, posting a 7th place finish in the event.
Harting is famous for his one-liners. After the semi-finals, he noticed himself and pointed out that “I look good on camera.”
Since the 2016 Trials meet, Harting has captivated swimming fans with his superhuman personality, with his alter-ego making several more appearances at major meets.
In addition, Harting has earned quite the following on social media, where his presence has provided several memorable moments (and many TopTen Tweets).
For the first time since the pandemic started a year ago, I have found Fruity Dyno-Bytes at Kroger!!!
— Master Zach Harting (@hartingz) March 12, 2021
I just tried making Mayo and unlike the Beatles song, it did not come together over me… I’ll be back better
— Master Zach Harting (@hartingz) May 10, 2021
Had to apologize to coach today for absolutely obliterating the set today.
— Master Zach Harting (@hartingz) December 11, 2020