Arizona State Gets a 2nd Pac-12 Record on Wednesday Night, in the 800 Free Relay


Arizona State got their second win and Pac-12 Record of the night on Wednesday when their 800 free relay swam 6:06.30. That knocked half-a-second off Stanford’s old record set at the 2022 NCAA Championships, as well as more than a second off the Pac-12 Championship Record.

The group was led off by a 1:30.77 in the 200 free from Frenchman Leon Marchand, which is the fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. He entered conference season with the best time in 7 events, of which the 200 free was not one, and while some of those have been beaten by swimmers at earlier conference championship meets, he remains the top swimmer in the NCAA in five races:

  • 200 free – 1:30.77
  • 500 free – 4:07.81
  • 200 IM – 1:38.89
  • 400 IM – 3:31.84
  • 200 breast – 1:48.82

With his individual swims still to go, and with other conferences having been concluded, still holding five #1 individual times is an unheard-of feat in modern NCAA swimming.

He was joined on the relay by Grant HousePatrick Sammon, and Julian Hill.

Splits Comparison:

Arizona State Stanford Arizona State
2023 Pac-12s 2022 NCAAs (old Pac-12 Record
2022 Pac-12s (old Meet Record)
1st leg Marchand – 1:30.77 Minakov – 1:31.49 House – 1:30.54
2nd leg House – 1:31.61 Maurer – 1:32.60 Swift – 1:33.61
3rd leg Sammon – 1:32.06 Polonsky – 1:31.38 Hill – 1:32.20
4th leg Hill – 1:31.86 Forst – 1:31.36
Marchand – 1:31.16
Total Time 6:06.30 6:06.83 6:07.51

All four members of Stanford’s relay that held the old Pac-12 Record returned this season, though they swapped out Andrei Minakov for Andres Dupont. That group finished 3rd on Wednesday in 6:11.08, with only about 2 seconds accounted for in the personnel change, so that might be a sign that they’re gearing up a big taper for NCAAs.

The swim is a second-straight Pac-12 title in the event for Arizona State, and the first time they’ve ever successfully defended a relay title. With three out of the four swimmers returning, the team dropped 1.2 seconds off their time from last year.

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1 year ago

Cal’s 200 Medley Relay got DQ’d and then their 800 Free Relay got 2nd. Could ASU pull off the upset?

1 year ago

I’m betting now that ASU breaks the NCAA record in a few weeks.

1 year ago

If the 400m Free wasn’t booked the day before the 400IM at the Olympics, Leon would be prime to focus on that as well. Very wide open now that the Sun has set

Last edited 1 year ago by Ragnar
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1 year ago

“still holding five #1 individual times is an unheard-of feat in modern NCAA swimming.”

I know you’re being hyperbolic but Dressel did the same the year he broke the IM and breast records.

Reply to  PK Doesn’t Like His Long Name
1 year ago

Was it before the individual events at conference ?

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

If I’m not mistaken, Marchand briefly held the top time in the 100 Fly after going 45.68 at the ASU intrasquad meet in September. Also, while not a collegiate event, I believe Marchand’s time of 46.63 in the 100 IM is still the fastest time this year. With those two events included, he would have held the top time at some point during the year in 10 different events. Impressive to say the very least.

1 year ago

🧹🧹🧹 ASU

1 year ago

Imagine Marchand getting 8 Olympic gold medals, all in individual events.

Swim Mom
Reply to  Zippo
1 year ago

It won’t be for the USA

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1 year ago


1 year ago

Any idea how many times has someone ever had 5 top times (or greater)heading into NCAA championships? Seems like a pretty exclusive list

1 year ago

Somewhere Bobo is smiling!

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