Versatile Zac Van Zandt Verbally Commits to Texas for 2020-21

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Zac Van Zandt from Winnetka, California has verbally committed to swim at the University of Texas in the class of 2024. Van Zandt is a USA Swimming All-American who excels across the board in the pool. He wrapped up his junior year of high school swim season representing Crespi Carmelite High School at California’s CIF State Championships this weekend. In prelims, he went 1:37.79 in the 200 free and 44.73 in the 100 free to qualify 6th and 3rd for the respective finals but opted to scratch the 200 final. He wound up third in the 100 with 44.45, coming within .02 of his PB from the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Championships earlier in the month. He was runner-up in both the 100 free and 200 free at the Section meet, going lifetime bests of 44.42 and 1:36.32. He also went a PB of 23.27 in the 50 back leading off the Crespi medley relay, and at the Mission League Championships in April he swam 55.31 to score a PB in the 100 breast.

Van Zandt swims year-round for CCAT Swimming. Last December he competed at Winter Juniors West in the 50/100/200 free, 100 back and 200 IM and finaled (13th) in the 100 free. Two weeks later he won the 100/200 fly and placed third in the 500 free at California/Nevada Sectionals. Last summer he won the 200 free (1:52.33), placed 3rd in the 100 free (51.62), and was 12th in the 50 free (24.22), 17th in the 100 fly (57.21), and 21st in the 100 back (1:00.17) at Santa Clara Futures.

Texas boasts the deepest 100/200 free group in the country but Van Zandt has speed in fly and breast, as well, and could develop into an IMer in Austin. He will join the Longhorns with fellow class of 2024 commits Armando Vegas, Brendan McCourt, Carson Foster, Coby Carrozza, Ethan Heasley, and Victor Tremblay in the fall of 2020. Van Zandt and Vegas both participated in USA Swimming’s 2018 National Select Camp.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 20.86
  • 100 free – 44.42
  • 200 free – 1:36.32
  • 500 free – 4:33.55
  • 100 breast – 55.31
  • 100 fly – 48.90
  • 200 fly – 1:48.42
  • 100 back – 51.46
  • 200 IM – 1:49.67

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4 years ago

Look like an academic recruit 🤔

Reply to  Ninja
3 years ago

Just went a 45.8 100 FLY

5 years ago

Does seem like he has some untapped potential in the IM(s), no weak strokes

5 years ago

Zac, congratulations on your decision to attend a wonderful university and train under the most successful college swimming coach ever. As a Texas alum, I hope you’ll look back on this decision with pride and satisfaction. Study hard, swim fast.

Reply to  formerlonghorn
5 years ago

And stay off the motorized scooters

5 years ago

Im predicting 10 NCAA qualifiers next year staying home.

Reply to  Snarky
5 years ago

Texas B team at NCAA scores top 25?

Reply to  coachymccoachface
5 years ago

probably like 50th with no relays making a final

Reply to  coachymccoachface
5 years ago

Is that like the freshman class last year that was supposed to be a top 5 team all by themselves?? How did that work out??

Loyola HS
5 years ago

Congrats Zac 🙂 Mission League represent! Eddie got a good one here.

5 years ago

He looks very excited.

That guy
Reply to  swimmerTX
5 years ago

Looks like someone stole his lunchbox

Reply to  That guy
5 years ago

Don’t undermine his accomplishment cmon

5 years ago

Classic Texas recruit

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