Olympic finalist Leon Marchand opens career in Arizona state at Intraquad


Arizona State is not releasing full results from its intra-team meet on Friday, which was the team’s first competition after redshirting the entire team for the 2020-2021 COVID-19 season.

A few key results have been leaked from interested alumni, however, including the times of the team’s top freshman rookie. Leon Marchand swim in his first college career or meet short-course yards.

The 19-year-old versatile, who finished 6th in the 400 IM at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, opened his career on a more sprinting note in the 100-yard event.

  • 100 flies – 47.36
  • 100 backstroke – 47.71 (DQ for passing 15 meters)
  • 100 chest – 54.96
  • 100 free – 44.55
  • 100 IM – 48.74

While none of those individual moments make national noise yet, the lineup through them, not even his specialty distances, is showing potential for the Sun Devils this season.

He will be looking to enter a very crowded and very exciting men’s 400 IM field during the NCAA Championship competition which features defending NCAA Champion Bobby Finke of Florida, the world’s No. 1 ranked long course swimmer. last season (but not Olympic) Carson Foster of Texas, and the fastest swimmer at last year’s NCAA Championships, out of the B final, Hugo Gonzalez of Cal.

SwimSwam reached out to Arizona State for full competition results, but Sun Devil’s coaches said they were not sharing the intra-team results (although the school did go public with the competition with an overview). The first official team meeting of the season will not take place until Saturday, November 6, when they host the USC Trojans.


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