Olympic Trials Qualifier Zach Ward of Buckeye Swim Club Sends 2022 Verbal to Wisconsin

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NEW COMMIT: Olympic Trials qualifier Zach Ward of Delaware, Ohio, has announced his verbal commitment to Wisconsin beginning in the fall of 2022.

He will join Michael Long of Elmbrook, Wis. as a member of the Badgers’ Class of 2026.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for 2022. Thank you to my coach and parents for helping me make this important decision. I have loved talking to Coach Yuri and his coaching staff and hearing their enthusiasm, experience, and passion for the sport of swimming. From the first time I talked to them, I really felt like they had the resources, knowledge, and willingness to help me accomplish my goals and dreams in swimming and academics. Can’t wait to become a Badger!”

A versatile swimmer, Ward trains year-round with Buckeye Swim Club and most recently finished ninth in the 200m fly at Wave I of the U.S. Olympic Trials. He won the 400 IM with four other top-5 finishes at the 18&U Winter Championships – Oxford and picked up two lifetime bests at the Toyota U.S. Open.

His best times include:

  • 400 IM – 3:51.61
  • 200 IM – 1:48.82
  • 200 fly – 1:47.75
  • 100 fly – 49.70
  • 1650 free – 15:32.65
  • 500 free – 4:27.87
  • 200 free – 1:38.37
  • 100 free – 45.77

A rising senior at Rutherford B. Hayes High School, Ward is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

When he arrives in Madison, he will add his talents to a training group led by Drew NixdorfJake NewmarkJude Williams, and Jack Leuthold. Under head coach Yuri Suguiyama, the Badgers finished fifth at the 2021 Big Ten Championships.

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com.