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No. 15/20 Sun Devil Swimming Has Record-Setting Outing on Day One of NC State Invite

Nov 18, 2021

GREENSBORO, NC --  The Sun Devils were fantastic on Day One of the NC State Invitational, as four program records were broken and several swimmers qualified for the 2022 NCAA Championships.

The men's team currently sits in second place of the seven schools competing in swimming only, trailing host NC State, 654-538. The womens' team is in fifth after racking up 271 points on Thursday.

NEW RECORDS
All four records were set in the evening finals session.

200 IM
Léon Marchad, 1:40.80
Men's 200 free relay
Jack Dolan, Grant House, Carter Swift, Cody Bybee, 1:16.60
50 yard free
Jack Dolan, 19:12 (his leadoff split in the relay)
Men's 500 free
Julian Hill, 4:13.23

HOW IT HAPPENED
In the evening session, the Sun Devils tallied five total wins in the A-cut finals, four of which set school records.

Emma Nordin won the 500 free in both the morning preliminary session and then in the evening final, capturing the latter race by a time of 4:43.87. In doing so, she hit the A-Cut time for the 2022 NCAA Championships.

Marchand, like Nordin, won in both the preliminary and final races of the 200 IM. His finals win earned him the fastest time in school history, after he earned the fourth-best time in the home opener on November 6 against USC. He also hit the A-cut standard for the NCAA Championship.

The Sun Devils stuffed the stat sheet in the men's 200 IM, as House and David Schlicht finished right behind Marchand to haul in 87 points in the one event.

Julian Hill, already the owner of two of the school's top four times in the 500 free, officially became the record holder when he touched the wall at 4:13.23 in Thursday's evening finals session.

Jack Dolan, once the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, grabbed the school record in the 50 free with a time of 19.12, which he earned during his leadoff split of the 200 free relay.

Dolan passed the relay over to House, Swift and Bybee, who teamed up to finish at 1:16.60 -- another school record.

The 400 medley relay team of Dolan, John Heaphy, Bybee and House earned a second place finish in the final session with a time of 3:04.11, while also reaching the A-cut standard for the 2022 NCAA Championships.

It was the second relay foursome to make the A-cut, as the 200 free relay squad also qualified. 

The Sun Devils also tallied four additional victories in B final races, done by Liam Bressette (500 free), Alex Colson (200 IM), Natalia Fryckowska (50 free) and Bybee (50 free).

PRELIMS
The Sun Devils got off to an incredible start in the morning preliminary races, as 20 swimmers advanced to the evening A or B finals in the 50 free, 500 free and 200 IM events.

In addition to Nordin's morning win in the 500 free, Erica Laning added a third-place finish.

The preliminary 200 IM ended just as it would hours later in the final session, with Marchand, House and Schlicht rounding out the top-three.

COACH'S WORDS
"We had a strong first day, particularly in the finals session," head coach Bob Bowman said. "We qualified a number of individuals and 2 relays for the NCAA Championships. Congratulations to Jack, Julian, Léon and our 200 free relay for breaking ASU records.  We are focused on continuing the momentum tomorrow morning in the preliminaries."

UP NEXT
The Sun Devils are back at it tomorrow morning for Day Two of the NC State Invite. The schedule will remain the same, with preliminary races beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.