Jul 3, 2013 9:22 PM by Andrew Masuda

AG High's Stevens returns from Nationals, eyes spot on Team USA as recruiting heats up

Arroyo Grande High senior-to-be Zach Stevens has returned home after making a splash on the national level. The 17 year old competed in three events last week in Indianapolis at the USA Swimming Championships in the same pool with Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin.

Stevens, who represented Puma Aquatics at Nationals, set a season best time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.12 to finish 24th in the field. Stevens also set a personal best in the 50 breast of 29.46 seconds for a 20th place finish, as well as a new lifetime best of 1:04.02 in the 100 breast for a 22nd place finish.

This past Monday was the first time college coaches could directly contact athletes in the Class of 2014. Stevens said a few coaches have already called him this week.

"It was exciting. When you get a call from a college coach it definitely gets your heart rate up. It's exciting to learn about all these different places across the country and really narrow down my choices," said Stevens, who visited the campuses of Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan and Notre Dame with his father after swimming at the USA Championships.

Zach sets his eyes next on the USA Junior National Championships, which will take place August 5-9 in Irvine. He'll try to qualify for a spot on Team USA and a chance to represent his country at the World Junior Championships set for August 26-31 in Dubai.

Stevens already holds records in the Pac 7 League, Arroyo Grande High School and in CIF.



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