Summer Junior Qualifier Zara Zallen Sends Verbal Commitment to Utah


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Boulder, Colorado Zara Zallen announced his verbal engagement in the University of Utah class of 2027. Junior at Boulder High School, she will adapt to the Utes in the fall of 2023.

“I am delighted to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Utah. Thank you to my family, my coaches and my teammates for all the support. I can’t wait to be part of such an amazing team! Go utes!

Zallen swims for the Loveland Swim Club; she qualifies for the summer juniors in the 50/100 free and she qualifies for the winter juniors in the 100 breaststroke. At the Austin Sectionals in July, she won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke and improved her LCM times to the 50/100/200 freestyle (26.17 / 56.51 / 2: 06.73) and the 100 breaststroke (1: 13.68). Zallen recently participated in the Denver Invitational. She won the 100 freestyle (with a PB of 50.24) and placed fourth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 breaststroke. Her best 50/200 free times came in March 2021 at the Speedo Swimvitational, where she won the 50/100/200 free and placed eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 free – 22.96
  • 100 free – 50.24
  • 200 free – 1: 50.78
  • 100 chest – 1: 04.09
  • 200 chest – 2: 19.41
  • 100 flies – 55.93

The Utah sprint team, including Leyre Casarin, Maddie Woznick, Kayla Miller and Katie Hale, will have graduated by fall 2023, so the Utes will seek leadership from Zallen. His best 50/200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke times would have reached the C final at the 2021 Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

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