Sun Devils Break Two School Records on Day Two of the NC State Invitational
GREENSBORO, NC -- The No.15/20 Sun Devils continue to rewrite the record books, as two program records were shattered in the finals session on Day Two of the NC State Invitational Friday evening.
Léon Marchand, who already set a record in the 200 IM on Thursday, cruised to a program-best 3:35.62 in the 400 IM. In doing so, he logged the fifth fastest time in NCAA or USA Swimming history.
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The men's 800 free relay team of Grant House, Carter Swift, Julian Hill and Marchand broke the school record with a time of 6:10.86 to mark the Sun Devils' fifth and final win of the evening.
After Day Two, the No. 15 men's team sits in second place -- trailing NC State 1,423-1,159 -- while the No. 20 Women's squad is in fifth with 670 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Sun Devils continue to crowd the top of the leaderboard in the IM races, as three of the top four finishes in the A-cut finals race all donned Maroon & Gold. David Schlicht and Jarod Arroyo added second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
Marchand's win -- his fourth in two days counting both preliminary and final sessions -- was one of five Sun Devil wins on Friday evening.
Emma Nordin, fresh off a win in yesterday's 500 free, won the 200 free this evening with a time of 1:43.76. Erica Laning wasn't far behind, touching the wall at 1:45.57 for a third-place finish.
Grant House continues to race at a torrid pace in Greensboro, winning the 200 free with a time of 1:31.80, which hit the A-cut standard for the 2022 NCAA Championships. Carter Swift and Julian Hill finished third and fourth, respectively.
John Heaphy picked up a victory in the 100 breast at 52.39.
The men's 200 medley relay team of Jack Dolan, Heaphy, Cody Bybee and House narrowly missed out on winning the event, but settled for a second-place finish.
The women's 800 free relay team of Nordin, Molly Batchelor, Lindsay Looney and Laning had a podium finish, clocking in at third with a time of 7:08.03.
Jade Foelske and Looney added a pair of top-seven finishes in the A-cut final of the 100 fly.
The true freshman Iza Adame was sixth in the 100 breast, while Nora Deleske was seventh in the 400 IM.
For a second straight day, the Sun Devils had 20-plus swimmers competing in the evening A- or B-cut finals. Eleven qualified for A-cut finals on Friday.
Marchand's time in the 400 IM, House's effort in the 200 free, plus the men's 200 medley relay and 800 free relay groups all hit the A-cut standard for the 2022 NCAA Championships.
The trio of Marchand, Schlicht and Arroyo jam-packed the top four of the 400 IM in the morning preliminary race. Marchand won, followed by Schlicht and Arroyo in third and fourth, respectively.
Nordin and Laning, the Sun Devils' consistent duo in the freestyle events, were second and third in the 200 free.
Adame, Deleske, Heaphy, House, Swift and Bybee were the remaining Sun Devils to qualify for the A-cut finals session.
Head coach Bob Bowman: "I am so proud of this team tonight. Our 800 relay swam lights out but Léon doing the third 200 for the day. Léon swam a strong 400 IM and he was a fantastic anchor for our relay. Congrats to Emma Nordin, Grant House and John Heaphy for winning events. Grant had an unbelievable session. We are looking to finish strong tomorrow."
The third and final day of the NC State Invitational kicks off tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. EST.