Marchand Breaks Another Record, Helping Sun Devil Men Win NC State Invite; Sun Devil Women Earn Top-Three Finish
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 5 Sun Devil Men are kings of the NC State Invite, closing out their time at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with yet another dominant showing on Saturday to win the NC State Invite.
For a second consecutive day, Léon Marchand broke a school record and 19 Sun Devils earned top-eight finishes in individual events.
Lindsay Looney, Jade Foelske and Charli Brown were the catalysts to helping the Sun Devil Women snag a top-three finish in the final team standings.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1) ASU, 2,392.50
2) NC State, 1,829.50
3) Stanford, 1,642
4) Penn State, 918
5) Duke, 641.50
6) Army, 489. 50
7) George Washington, 68
1) NC State, 2,189.50
2) Stanford, 1,897
3) ASU, 1,180
4) Penn State, 1,158
5) Duke, 1,156
6) Army, 332.50
7) George Washington, 205
8) UNC Asheville, 47
The Sun Devil Women jumped two spots in the final team standings after their fifth-place showing at this invite a season ago. The Sun Devil Men improved one spot after they were runner-up to NC State last November.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Sun Devil Men began their night with four finishing within the top-12 of the 1650 free, headlined by Daniel Matheson's third-place effort (14:54.68). He was followed by Dylan Gravley (6th) and freshmen Parker Reynolds (8th) and Jake Mason (12th). Katherine Randall was the top Sun Devil Women's swimmer in this event, placing fifth at 16:30.83.
The Sun Devil Men would go 2-3 in the 200 back, courtesy of the efforts of Jack Wadsworth (2nd/1:40.90) and Owen McDonald (3rd/1:41.28). Charli Brown earned her third top-10 finish of the week, placing 10th in the 200 back at 1:56.32 – the eight-best time in team history.
The Sun Devil Men dominated this event en route to eight finishing within the top-16. The A final consisted of the Sun Devils going 1-2-3-4 with – guess who? – Max McCusker winning it at 42.03. Grant House (2nd), Patrick Sammon (3rd), Jack Dolan (4th) and Jonny Kulow (8th) rounded out the rest of the race.
Erin Milligan owned the best showing in the Women's 100 free, taking ninth place with her time of 49.06, which is now the seventh-best time in team history.
The Sun Devil Women were scattered across the leaderboard in the 200 breast, highlighted by Emma Gehlert's 2:12.69 that netted her sixth-place. Zoe Summar (9th/2:12.44), Iza Adame (10th/2:12.99), Izzy Krantzcke (12th/2:15.93) and Ginger McMahon (16th/2:20.11) were the team's remaining top swimmers.
Similarly, the Men crowded the top of the leaderboard, as three finished within the top-eight: David Schlicht (2nd/1:54.49), Cale Martter (5th/1:55.78) and Ethan Hansen (7th/1:57.17).
On back-to-back days, Léon Marchand has set a new school record. After breaking the program's 400 IM time on Friday, the sophomore followed it up by setting a new team-best in the 200 fly on Saturday with his time of 1:39.57. Not to be outdone, Alex Colson (2nd/1:40.78) and Andrew Gray (3rd/1:42.18) rounded out the top-three.
The one-two punch of Lindsay Looney and Jade Foelske shined once more, as the former took second in the 200 fly final (1:53.42) and the latter was fifth (1:56.01). Looney was just shy of breaking her own school record of 1:53.25, which she set at last season's NCAA Championships.
Add another one ??
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400 free relay
The Sun Devil Men went a perfect 5-for-5 in relays this weekend, capping it off with a win in the 400 free relay on Saturday evening. Max McCusker-Grant House-Léon Marchand-Patrick Sammon went 2:47.93 to grab first. Of the five relays they won in Greensboro (400 free, 200 free, 400 medley, 200 medley and 800 free), all are currently the fastest time in the nation.
Charli Brown, Lindsay Looney, Ieva Maluka and Erin Milligan truly saved their best for last in the 400 free relay, teaming up for a third-place finish at 3:15.43. It's the third-best time in program history.
Marchand's second broken record of the weekend was the fourth record the Sun Devil Men crushed altogether.
50 free – Jack Dolan, 18.92
100 fly – Max McCusker, 45.01
200 fly – Léon Marchand, 1:39.57
400 IM – Léon Marchand, 3:33.65
Here's an updated look at the team records after these three days in Greensboro.
It was at this three-day invitational last year where the Sun Devils set 10 new program records.
Sun Devil Dive competed on the platform for the first time this season – and the Men rolled to a 1-2-3 finish led by Zachory Lundgren (319.05). Thomas Wesche (2nd/284.05) and Lane Stallworth (3rd/274.35) followed suit, and Caleb Liban trailed just behind (7th/240.50).
After qualifying for the NCAA Zone Championships yesterday, Lundrgen got his zone cut on the platform on Saturday evening, as well.
Amayah Wiley (168.20) and Ashlyn Kirsch (163.60) finished back-to-back, 12th and 13th respectively, in the final of the platform.
They wrapped the diving competition with a team-event exhibition, in which the Sun Devil Men were crowned champions thanks to their team score of 324.35.
Sixteen Sun Devils qualified for an A final on the last day in Greensboro. McCusker and Marchand paved the way, with wins in the 100 free and 200 fly, respectively. They were the stars of Day 2 after each set a school record.
Lindsay Looney was the top Sun Devil finisher, cruising to 1:55.22 in the 200 fly to take second place.
The Sun Devil Men packed five within the top-eight in the 100 free as McCusker's top finish was followed by Grant House (2nd), Jack Dolan (3rd), Patrick Sammon (7th) and Jonny Kulow (8th).
On two additional occasions, three Sun Devils would finish within the top-eight spots. Marchand, Alex Colson and Andrew Gray went 1-2-3 in the 200 fly and Martter (2nd), Schlicht (4th) and Hansen (8th) rounded out the 200 breast.
Prelims update: 1??6?? Sun Devils have qualified for an A final heading into the final night of the NC State Invite ??
?? Sun Devils pack five in top-eight of Men's 100 free (McCusker, House, Dolan, Sammon, Kulow)
?? Marchand-Colson-Gray go 1-2-3 in the Men's 200 fly
— Sun Devil Swim/Dive (@ASUSwimDive) November 19, 2022
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE SUN DEVILS?
The Sun Devils have officially wrapped up in Greensboro – and that's all for the remainder of the calendar year.
They're set to resume in eight weeks with a Women's home meet against Washington State on Friday, January 14. It's the start of a four-meet homestand – all against conference opponents – to close out the regular season.
Stay up to date through this two-month hiatus via the team's Twitter account, @ASUSwimDive.