Marchand, House Dominate as Sun Devils Set Five School Records on Day 3 of the Pac-12 Championships
SEATTLE – Make that five additional school records that the Sun Devils crushed on Day 3 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, bringing a total of 11 new program-bests they've achieved this week at the Men's Pac-12 Swimming Championships.
On Friday night, the Sun Devils were powered by wins by Léon Marchand – already his third this week – and Grant House, the first individual victory at the conference championships of his career. After three nights of competition, the Sun Devils remain locked in for a third-place finish. A top-three showing or better would be the best in the Bob Bowman era.
TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY 3
1. Stanford University 579.5
2. California University,Berkeley 516.5
3. Arizona State University 459.5
4. University of Arizona 331.5
5. Southern California, University 313
6. Utah, University of 237
Marchand captured the 400 IM with a time of 3:34.45, breaking his own record for the fastest time in the nation this season. It was also a Pac-12 Conference record and the second-fastest time in the history of the event. Marchand is ASU's first champion in the 400 IM since 2007. That's three straight nights with a win for Marchand, as he helped win the 800 free relay on Wednesday, the 200 IM on Thursday and the 400 IM on Friday.
House's only competition in the 200 free this week has seemed to be himself, as he broke the meet record on Friday night – a mark he set earlier in the week – by touching the wall at 1:30.23.
Grant House Lowers 200 Free Again, Now #6 Performer All-Time with 1:30.23 https://t.co/SWqraMxBFi
— SwimSwam (@swimswamnews) March 5, 2022
Alex Colson and Cody Bybee added an additional pair of podium finishes, with the two finishing second-and-third, respectively, in the 100 fly. Colson's time of 45.02 is now the fastest time in ASU history.
Two Devils on one podium for those keeping score at home ?? pic.twitter.com/G9wMBP4GJp
— Sun Devil Swim/Dive (@ASUSwimDive) March 5, 2022
John Heaphy set the program record in the 100 breast when he went 51.82 for a fourth-place finish. Then, to wrap up the night, the Sun Devils shattered yet another program-best time in the 400 medley, with Jack Dolan, Heaphy, Bybee and Marchand teaming up to go 3:02.66.
800 free relay (House-Swift-Hill-Marchand, 6:07.51)
200 free* (Grant House, 1:30.54)
*Set during leadoff of 800 free relay
500 free (Julian Hill, 4:13.18)
200 IM (Léon Marchand, 1:39.65)
50 free (Jack Dolan, 18.97)
200 free relay (Dolan-House-Swift-Bybee, 1:15.40)
400 IM (Léon Marchand, 3:34.45)
100 fly (Alex Colson, 45.02)
200 free (Grant House, 1:30.230
100 breast (John Heaphy, 51.82)
400 medley relay (Dolan-Heaphy-Bybee-Marchand, 3:02.66)
The Sun Devils had five podium finishes on Friday night. In the 200 free, five were within the top-12, with freshman Patrick Sammon adding a career-high seventh-place finish (1:33.95).
Three finished within the top-10 of the 100 and Dolan added another top-five finish in the 100 back (45.35).
In the 400 IM, the first finals event of the night, four Sun Devils swam to times that will slide into the top-10 fastest times in program history. Marchand was followed by David Schlicht (3:43.53), Jarod Arroyo (3:45.54) and Alexander Gusev (3:47.17).
The Sun Devils will conclude the conference championships on Saturday, with preliminaries for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly beginning at 12 p.m. MST. Finals for the events, plus the 1650 free and 400 free relay, will begin at 7 p.m. MST.
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