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San Diego, California’s Amy Zhang has verbally committed to the University of California, Los Angeles for the 2023-24 school year.
“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at UCLA!! Huge thanks to my family, friends, and coaches for supporting me during the recruiting process. Go Bruins!!💙🐻💛”
A rising senior at Mission Vista High School, Zhang swims year-round with Rancho San Dieguito and specializes in backstroke and butterfly. At 2021 Winter Juniors West, she earned lifetime bests in the 50/100 back and 100 fly and wound up placing 7th in the 100 back. Two weeks later she competed at the San Diego Imperial LSC Winter Age Group Championships and won the 100 back and 100 fly. She was also runner-up in the 50 free with a PB of 24.05.
Zhang finaled in the 50 free, 100/200 back, and 100/200 fly at Carlsbad Sectionals in March. She kicked off the 2022 long course season with lifetime bests in the 200 back (2:23.07) and 200 fly (2:23.78) at Fran Crippen SMOC and Speedo Grand Challenge.
Best SCY times:
- 50 back – 25.84
- 100 back – 54.12
- 200 back – 2:01.63
- 100 fly – 55.04
- 200 fly – 2:02.40
Zhang will meet up with Angela Quan, Elena Dry, and Sarah Bennetts in the Bruins’ class of 2027. Her best 100 back time would have made her UCLA’s #3 performer last year, and she will arrive in Westwood just as Sophia Kosturos (52.52 this season) and Gabby Dang (54.02) will have wrapped up their senior seasons. Dang (52.35) and Kosturos (53.54) also notched two of the four fastest 100 fly times this year. Zhang will overlap a year with Sam Baron (52.50) and Crystal Murphy (54.05).
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