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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Swimfan01
1 year ago

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.

PVSFree
Reply to  Swimfan01
1 year ago

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

JCO
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

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

DLswim
Reply to  JCO
1 year ago

No he hasn’t.

ND Alum
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

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

College swimmer
Reply to  ND Alum
1 year ago

Hahaha do distance swimmers ever actually rest?

Swimmer68
Reply to  College swimmer
1 year ago

Honestly no😂

Blastman
Reply to  Swimfan01
1 year ago

He had a good training group this year. Freshman Jack Hoagland was ACC freshman of the year and was top 3 in 500 free, 400 IM and 1650 in ACC’s. That’s an impressive training partner.
As the parent of a former ND swimmer, I’m sorry to see him leave the program, but wish him well.

Nswim
1 year ago

Good for him, perusing something new!

Doconc
1 year ago

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

Entgegen
Reply to  Doconc
1 year ago

Then he would just redshirt instead of transferring?

Coach Nico
1 year ago

Another one joining Texas? He’s been training there before but there are of course many other good programs out there.

swimz14
1 year ago

Umich?

sosa
1 year ago

Hook. ‘Em.

billybobman
1 year ago

lol nd swimming going down the drain

swammer
Reply to  billybobman
1 year ago

and who are you to talk?

swammer
Reply to  billybobman
1 year ago

who are you to talk? where is your proof?

GA Boy
Reply to  swammer
1 year ago

The declining performance, lack of fast recruits, and the loss of (arguably) their best swimmer?

JP input is too short
Reply to  GA Boy
1 year ago

Wait what? They’ve had some really good recruiting classes lately, and it looks like a really high percentage of their guys got better the past few years as well.

Swimmer68
1 year ago

With Florida’s recent distance success I could see him going there

Ghost
Reply to  Swimmer68
1 year ago

He can’t transfer to any SEC school. If they only have one year left Of eligibility, then they can’t transfer to a SEC school. Unless he has graduated ND?!?

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