Junior National Finalist Tona Zinn Gives Northwestern Big Verbal for 2022

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NEW COMMIT: U.S. Open qualifier Tonahuac “Tona” Zinn of Santa Ana, Calif. has given a huge verbal commitment to Northwestern University and will arrive on campus in the fall of 2022.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m super excited to officially verbally commit to Northwestern University! Thank you to my friends, family, and coaches for helping on my way and I’m excited to be a Wildcat!”

A versatile swimmer, Zinn does his club swimming with Socal Aquatics Association and earned two best times at the Toyota U.S. Open in November. He placed 11th in the 200 fly and 13th in the 400 IM at Juniors West in December 2019 before going on to secure bronze in 400 IM at Carlsbad Sectionals.

In Summer 2019, Zinn raced to eighth place in the 200m IM at Junior Nationals.

His best times include:

  • 200 IM – 1:47.61
  • 400 IM – 3:52.08
  • 100 fly – 49.83
  • 200 fly – 1:47.61
  • 100 breast – 55.73
  • 200 free – 1:41.99

Currently a junior at Laguna Hills High School, Zinn placed fifth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 breast at the CIF State Championships as a freshman. A week prior, the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American grabbed gold and bronze, respectively, in those events at the CIF Southern DI Section Championships.

Even with 1.5 years to go before suiting up for the Wildcats as a member of the Class of 2026, Zinn would’ve ranked second on their lineup in the 400 IM, third in the 200 IM, and fourth in both the 100 breast and 200 fly. He also would’ve scored in the C-final of the 400 IM at the 2020 Big Ten Championships where Northwestern finished fifth.

Katie Robinson was recently named Northwestern’s new head coach, and she’s bringing in other top-tier recruits in Tyler Lu and Alex Ispas for the 2021-22 season.

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