Notre Dame All-American Zach Yeadon Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

All-American distance swimmer Zach Yeadon has entered the NCAA transfer portal after three seasons with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Yeadon has been a breakout star at the college level. He had a huge rise over his senior year of high school, then surged to 4th place in the mile at NCAAs his freshman season. He scored at NCAAs in the 500 free and 1650 free in both 2018 and 2019, and came into 2020 NCAAs seeded 3rd in the 500 free and 2nd in the 1650 free before that meet was canceled in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yeadon’s Top Times

  • 1650y free: 14:27.93
  • 1000y free: 8:47.33
  • 500y free: 4:10.39
  • 200y free: 1:34.39

When Yeadon verbally committed to Notre Dame as a high school junior, he was 1:40/4:23/9:33/15:09. As a senior in high school, he’d dropped to 1:37/4:19/9:02/14:49, and as a freshman for Notre Dame, he went 1:36/4:12/8:51/14:34.

Yeadon is originally from San Antonio, Texas and swam for Alamo Area Aquatic Association and Ronald Reagan High School. He’ll be a high-impact addition for whichever program he transfers to, with the potential to score 30+ NCAA points in his senior year.

In the summer of 2018, he qualified for the U.S. World University Games roster in the 400-meter free, and won a gold medal as a prelims swimmer in the 4×200 free relay.

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I see he had some massive drops his freshman year. Clearly, he’s gotten faster, but maybe not as much as he’s hoped. Maybe he’s thinking he just needed some good college training to have those initial drops but he’s trying to take them to the next level.


Yeadon: *goes a 14:27 mile*
SwimSwam commenters: bUt iS hE nExT lEvEl??


Bobby Finke has made people think 14:27 is something other than an incredibly elite mile time


No he hasn’t.

ND Alum

Yeadon: *goes a 14:27 mile*
Yeadon’s Dad: AnD hE wAsNt EvEn ReStEd

College swimmer

Hahaha do distance swimmers ever actually rest?


Honestly no😂


Good for him, perusing something new!


Devastating loss for ND
Bet on Texas!
Can take this year to train for Tokyo without worrying about school then maybe be a worlds favorite in distance free


Then he would just redshirt instead of transferring?

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