2023 M. NCAAs: Leon Marchand Swims 22.27 50 Breast; #1 Split All-Time


Arizona State’s Leon Marchand swam the fastest split ever in the 50 breast tonight during the 200 medley relay swimming a 22.27. In addition, Minnesota’s Max McHugh and Alabama’s Derek Maas swam the second/third-fastest split with a 22.39.

Men’s 50 Breast Splits: Top Performers Of All Time

  1. Leon Marchand, ASU- 22.27 (2023)
  2. Max McHugh, Minnesota – 22.39 (2023)/ Derek Maas, Alabama (2023)
  3. Van Mathias, Indiana- 22.53 (2023)
  4. Brian Benzing, Towson – 22.54 (2023
  5. Caspar Corbeau, Texas – 22.55 (2022)
  6. Carsten Vissering, USC – 22.58 (2018)
  7. Toni Sabev, Delaware – 22.63 (2022)
  8. Chuck Katis, Cal – 22.64 (2015)
  9. Will Chan, Michigan / Trent Pellini, USC  – 22.67 (2021/2022)

McHugh previously had the fastest split ever as he swam a 22.40 back in 2021. He bested this time tonight by 0.01 in his final 200 medley relay ever (as he is a fifth year). McHugh swam in the first heat.

In the final heat, Marchand split a 22.27 to pass McHugh’s mark. Notably, McHugh had a reaction time of 0.27 whereas Marchand had a 0.07 reaction time. In addition, Alabama’s Derek Maas moved up in the rankings tonight as he previously was tied for seventh all-time.

McHugh is the defending NCAA champion in the 100 breast and Marchand is the defending NCAA champion in the 200 breast.

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2 months ago

Impressive, and good news for France; Ndoye Brouard/Marchand/Wattel/Gastaldello is elite, and the MM is probably France’s only realistic relay medal hope so I suspect they’ll go all-in trying to get Marchand to swim it.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

They might, but even if he goes 58 they still don’t have a realistic shot. He is the best all around swimmer in the world at the moment, but SCY and LCM are different sports

2 months ago

Leon is the fastest sprinter in history. Lol that doesn’t make sense at all.

Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  monsterbasher
2 months ago

Ok no. He could be after this meet but Caeleb still is now. He has a faster 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and 100 breast. Also, tho we don’t have relay splits for him in most, I remind you he took his 100 breast out 23.42 and his 100 fly out 19.99.

Last edited 2 months ago by Lucas Caswell
Konner Scott
Reply to  Demarrit Steenbergen
2 months ago

I think they were referring specifically to this race.

2 months ago

There were more people who broke into this list.

Indiana – Van Mathias 22.53
Bama – Maas 22.39

2 months ago

You forgot Derek Maas who also swam 22.39 in the 200 medley relay! Unbelievable

Ricky Bobby
Reply to  Bonjourbaguette
2 months ago

If you ain’t first, you’re last.

2 months ago

Whats the fastest 100 breast relay split? Does Leon have a chance at going 48 friday night?

Coach Pat
Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

47.99? I mean the guy could go a 1:45 in the 200 breast. Dressel is going to have to take another “break”

Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Nice name what

Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Kevin cordes split 49.5 from 2014 I believe

2 months ago

Maas swam 22:39 as well!

Coach Pat
2 months ago

What happened to CRIMINAL CROOKS!!! I thought Tenessee was the favorite. New sherif in town!

Reply to  Coach Pat
2 months ago

Not a white dude in the comments calling a young black man a criminal for adding a little bit of time…

Reply to  oxyswim
2 months ago

Bro what?

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