Penn Gets Verbal Commitment From Baylor’s Zachariah Althoff

Photo Courtesy: Zachariah Althoff

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Pennsylvania has earned a verbal commitment from Zachariah Althoff. Althoff is a senior at Baylor School and swims for Baylor Swim Club.

He’s a NISCA All-American in the 100 back and a two time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. At NCSA Junior Nationals Althoff was a key piece of three relays that had top eight finishes. He’s fairly versatile across the 100s of strokes, but is strongest in backstroke. His top times are:

  • 200 Back 1:47.33
  • 100 Back 49.35
  • 50 Back 23.16
  • 100 Fly 50.11
  • 100 Free 46.28
  • 200 IM 1:53.74

At last year’s Ivy League Championship Althoff would be a 100 and 200 backstroke B finalist. Mark Blinstrub was in last year’s A final of both events. He’ll be a senior in Althoff’s first year with the Quakers. Chris Nicholson was in the 200 back B final. He’ll overlap with Althoff for two years.

*IVY LEAGUE DISCLAIMER:* A “verbal commitment” does not guarantee admission. An Ivy League coach cannot guarantee admission but can only commit support in the admissions process. 

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  1. Susie Bridges Schlenz

    Huge congrats Zach!! Keep working hard! We are sooo excited for you!!🎉

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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