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Arizona State Crowned 2024 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions

Mar 30, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - For the first time in program history, the Arizona State Sun Devils took home the Men’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championship title. The Sun Devils are now the sixth Pac-12 team to secure a title and the 3rd consecutive.

Thanks to seven first place finishes and 15 overall podium finishes, the Sun Devils saw 523.5 points, giving them a 79 point lead over reigning National Champion California (444.5), who took home second. 

For the first time in Arizona State history, the Sun Devil’s topped the podium in an NCAA relay event. With Hubert Kos, Leon Marchand, Ilya Kharun and Jonny Kulow swimming an NCAA record time of 2:57.32, with the country's fastest 100 breast split (48.73 - Marchand), to clinch their first ever relay win in the 400 Medley. The quad of Marchand, Dolan, Patrick Sammon and Kulow went on to close out the Championship meet with their second ever relay win in the 400 Free with an NCAA record time of 2:43.40. 

Standout Sun Devil Leon Marchand went 3-for-3 in the individual competition, the only conference swimmer to sweep their events, with two new individual NCAA records. 

After setting the NCAA record in the 500 Free at the Pac-12 Championships, Marchand captured his first NCAA title in the event, setting a new record in the process. Swimming a 4:02.31, the junior shaved four seconds off his previous record to take home the first place spot.       

Marchand became a back-to-back Champion in the 400 IM on Friday, swimming a 3:32.12 pool record. Completing his undefeated NCAA Championship run in the individual events, Marchand broke his NCAA 200 Breast record to take home his third win in the event, and 8th overall Championship title. 

Continuing on the theme of firsts, Sun Devil’s Zalan Sarkany and Ilya Kharun won their first NCAA titles.  

Sophomore Sarkany topped the NCAA podium, swimming a 14:30.57 in the 1650 Free to finish a whole six seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, while Kharun, who swam as the only newcomer in the 200 Fly finals, beat all upperclassmen with a first place time of 1:38.26. 

All-in-all, Pac-12 swimmers earned 26 podium finishes, 11 first-place finishes and 53 top-8 All-Americans. The league had All-Americans in every event and at least one podium finisher in 16 of the 18 swimming events.

Finishing in a close second was the Golden Bears who won three individual and one relay event. 

Jett Gabriel, Destin Lasco, Jack Alexy and Robin Hanson kicked off the 2024 NCAA Championships 800 Free relay time that bested the NCAA, meet, US Open, pool and program records. The quad swam a 6:02.26 that gave them their first win in the event since 1986. 

California’s Liam Bell came away victorious in the 100 Breast, crushing the NCAA, American, US Open, meet and program records in the process. In the Conference’s first 100 Breast victory since 2015, Bell swam a 49.53 to crush a six-year old record and bring home the win. 

After finishing just shy of first in the last three NCAAs, California’s Lasco swam a 1:37.91 in the 200 IM to come away with a new American record and the 1st place title. However, in a three-peat fashion, Lasco went onto take home an NCAA record, first place finish in the 200 back for the third year in a row (1:35.37).

Second-Place Finishers:

  • For the second year in a row, the Sun Devils started the Championships with major runner-up finishes in the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay. Jack Dolan, Leon Marchand, Ilya Kharun and Jonny Kulow matched their program record of 1:20.55 to capture second in the 200 Medley. In the 800 Free, Marchand, Hubert Kos, Patrick Sammon and Julian Hill smashed their program record, swimming a 6:04.95 with Marchand’s 200 free split (1:28.97) setting a new NCAA record.  
  • Sun Devil Owen McDonald took home second in the 200 IM (1:39.23) after finishing seventh in the Thursday morning prelims. 
  • ASU’s David Schlicht came away with a runner-up finish in the 400 IM (3:35.27) behind his fellow Sun Devil, swimming a new personal best in the event.
  • Setting a program record in the 200 Free, and blazing past his career-best by three seconds, was California’s Jack Alexy who swam a second place 1:29.75.
  • Golden Bear relay quad, Destin Lasco, Liam Bell, Dare Rose and Bjorn Seeliger, swam a 2:58.30 in the 400 medley relay for the fastest time in program history and a runner-up finish. 
  • Arizona State’s Hubert Kos broke the IUPUI pool record after swimming a 1:35.90 in the 200 Back to secure second, just milliseconds behind his top time. 

Third-Place Finishers

  • Hubert Kos rounded out the podium in the 200 IM taking home third (1:39.66), behind his fellow Sun Devil teammate. 
  • With the third fastest time in program history, and a new personal best, California’s Jack Alexy finished third in the 50 free (18.38), going on to secure a third place finish in the 100 free (10.59)
  • Despite taking third, the Devil relay team of Dolan, Kharun, Peel and Kulow crushed the Arizona State program record in the 200 free relay, swimming a 1:13.95 to land in third. 
  • In the Conference’s only podium finish of the men’s diving competition, Stanford’s Jack Ryan placed third in the 3 Meter competition for his highest finish in the event (444.20). 
  • With the second fastest time in program history, and new career best, California’s Dare Rose finished third in the 200 Fly to finish out the week’s individual events.

2024 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

March 27-30, 2024 | IU Natatorium at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN  

Final Team Point Totals (Pac-12 & podium):

1. ARIZONA STATE - 523.5
2. CALIFORNIA - 444.5
3. Florida - 378
8. STANFORD -  177
22. USC - 31
27. ARIZONA - 19
36. UTAH

Pac-12 Men’s Swimming All-Americans (top 8 finishes)

50 Freestyle        
Jack Alexy (CAL), 3rd        
Bjorn Seelinger (CAL), 5th        
Jack Dolan (ASU), 7th        
Jonny Kulow (ASU), 8th

100 Freestyle        
Jack Alexy (CAL), 3rd        
Jack Dolan (ASU), 6th         
Bjorn Seeliger (CAL), 8th

200 Freestyle        
Jack Alexy (CAL), 2nd        
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 7th

500 Freestyle        
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st        
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 4th

1650 Freestyle        
Zalan Sarkany (ASU), 1st        
Krzysztof Chmielewski (USC), 4th

100 Backstroke        
Hubert Kos (ASU), 4th        
Destin Lasco (CAL), 5th        
Owen McDonald (ASU), 6th

200 Backstroke        
Destin Lasco (CAL), 1st        
Hubert Kos (ASU), 2nd        
Owen McDonald (ASU), 3rd

100 Breastroke        
Liam Bell (CAL), 1st        
Ron Polonsky (STAN), 8th

200 Breastroke         
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st        
Liam Bell (CAL), 4th        
David Schlicht, (ASU), 5th

100 Butterfly        
Ilya Kharun (ASU), 5th        
Dare Rose (CAL), 7th 

200 Butterfly        
Ilya Kharun (ASU), 1st        
Dare Rose (CAL), 2nd         
Gabriel Jett (CAL), 5th

200 Individual Medley        
Destin Lasco (CAL), 1st        
Owen McDonald (ASU), 2nd        
Hubert Kos (ASU), 3rd        
David Schlicht (ASU), 6th

400 Individual Medley        
Leon Marchand (ASU), 1st        
David Schlicht (ASU), 2nd

200 Free Relay        
California, 2nd (Alexy, Seelinger, Bell, Lasco)        
ASU, 3rd (Dolan, Kharun, Peel, Kulow)

400 Free Relay
ASU, 1st (Marchand, Dolan, Sammon, Kulow)
California, 3rd (Alexy, Lasco, Jensen, Seeliger)
Stanford, 7th (Minakov, Gu, Dupont Cabrera, McFadden)

800 Free Relay        
California, 1st (Jett, Lasco, Alexy, Hanson)        
Arizona State, 2nd (Marchand, Kos, Sammon, Hill)        
Stanford, 8th (Polonsky, Minakov, Maurer, McFadden)

200 Medley Relay        
Arizona State, 2nd (Dolan, Marchand, Kharun, Kulow)         
California, 4th (Seelinger, Bell, Rose, Alexy)        
Stanford, 7th (Maurer, Polonsky, Minakov, Gu)

400 Medley Relay        
Arizona State, 1st (Kos, Marchand, Kharun, Kulow)        
California, 2nd (Lasco, Bell, Rose, Seeliger)        
Stanford, 5th (Sequeira, Polonsky, Minakov, Gu)

Pac-12 Women’s Diving All-Americans (top 8 finishes)        
1 Meter        
Jack Ryan (STAN), 4th        
Gage Dubois (ARIZ), 6th

3 Meter        
Jack Ryan (STAN), 3rd

Geoffrey Vavitsas (CAL), 5th