ASU Men Defeat USC, Leon Marchand Continues His Winning Streak Going 10-For-10


  • November 4, 2022
  • Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results


  1. ASU – 185
  2. USC – 115


  1. USC – 180
  2. ASU – 103

PAC-12 rivals Arizona State and Southern California competed against each other at the USC home pool in Los Angeles on Friday. The ASU men came back from last year’s close loss to get a decisive win, scoring 185 points to the Trojans’ 115. On the women’s side, USC won again this year, but the Sun Devils tightened the gap a bit, with the final score being 180 – 103.

ASU sophomore and two-time NCAA champion Leon Marchand has returned this season with a string of individual wins. Marchand has accumulated ten wins this season after taking first place in three events against USC. He swam season-best times in the 200 breast (1:53.34) and 200 IM (1:42.55). In the 100 breast, Marchand went a 52.75, which is his fastest time in a dual meet, but his best time this season was posted at the ASU intrasquad meet (52.00).

Marchand also anchored the winning 400 free relay (senior Jack Dolan, freshman Patrick Sammon, and senior Max McCusker) with the second-fastest split at 43.90.

Dolan, Sammon, and McCusker each won an individual event to contribute to the men’s team victory. Dolan claimed his win in the 100 back (47.65), defeating USC sophomore Evangelos Makrygiannis, who later took first in the 200 back (1:46.96). Sammon won the 200 free (1:36.54), and McCusker led the ASU 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 fly (47.18), with senior Alexander Colson taking second (48.17) and freshman Jonny Kulow taking third (48.49).

Dolan and McCusker were also part of the winning 200 medley relay (seniors John Heaphy and Grant House made up the “A” team).

ASU sophomore Daniel Matheson was a former USC swimmer and came away with a win in the 1000 free (9:16.29) but took third in the 500 free (4:31.21), while USC junior Paul Retterer took first (4:27.08).

USC had three female multi-event winners. First, sophomore Marlene Kahler grabbed two wins in the distance free events, going 9:57.29 in the 1000 free and 4:52.33 in the 500 free.

Junior Hanna Henderson won the 100 back (54.39) comfortably over ASU freshman Ieva Maluka (55.81) and led a USC 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 back (1:59.65), with freshman Ashley McMillan taking second (2:00.73) and sophomore Alice Waldow taking third closely behind (2:00.94).

Finally, junior Anicka Delgado won the sprint freestyle events, going 22.89 in the 50 free and 50.01 in the 100 free, narrowly missing a sub-50 time. Delgado was also part of the winning 200 medley relay, in which she swam the fly leg with graduate student Aria Bernal swimming back, junior Kaitlyn Dobler swimming breast, and graduate student Elise Garcia swimming free.

ASU junior Lindsay Looney was the sole multi-event winner for the women’s team. She won the 100 fly (54.07) and 200 fly with a season-best time of 1:57.78.

The ASU women took second with their time in the 400 free relay (junior Erin Milligan, senior Molly Batchelor, freshman Ieva Maluka, junior Lindsay Looney) but ended up winning due to USC’s exhibition relay. ASU went 3:21.86, and USC went 3:21.49.

Other Event Winners

Diving Winners

  • Women’s 1-meter: Carolina Sculti (USC) – 282.45
  • Men’s 1-meter: Sean Wang (USC) – 371.48
  • Women’s 3-meter: Carolina Sculti (USC) – 323.33
  • Men’s 3-meter: Laurent Paradis (USC) – 339.23

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Alex Wilson
2 months ago

The 1:42.55 200IM time by Leon Marchand is actually the top time so far this year. This is because the time listed for a U of A swimmer was not done in a standard 200 IM format!

Horn dog
Reply to  Alex Wilson
2 months ago

It was real

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Alex Wilson
2 months ago

Reason I have a question about the U of A times in UofA v Miami meet is below:
Note that the HY Tec meet results does not give what stroke was used in Event 3 Arizona v Miami 10/22/2022
In event 17 a 100 IM Naughton does 51.60 which doubled is 1:43.20 and is 2.5 seconds slower than the event 3 time.
In the next scored meet against USC v Arizona on 11/05/2022
The same swimmer had a time of 1:51.66 almost 11 seconds slower than the time at the UofA v Miami meet.
I ask others to do a similar analysis and draw their own conclusions.

Arizona vs. Miami – 10/22/2022 Results – Saturday… Read more »

Christopher DeBari
2 months ago

so that means he easily has a new NCAA record in his pocket for the 2 IM at NCAAs. No big deal.

2 months ago

Leon Marchand is more influential and newsworthy than the entire USC womens’ team.

Alex Wilson
Reply to  moonlight
2 months ago

Katie L was considered more influential and newsworthy than the entire Stanford men”s team!

Former Big10
2 months ago

Is it just me, or do Leon and Townley kinda look alike?

Richard Saunders
2 months ago

The title is typical pro bob
USC women Beat ASU – by a larger margin than the men’s score
ASU women’s team – NOT good
Treat teams evenly Swim Slam

Penelope Bruise
Reply to  Richard Saunders
2 months ago

Weird f***in post, man.

Reply to  Richard Saunders
2 months ago

Yeah, Swim Slam, stop expecting people to read past the headlines.

“Arizona State men beat USC, USC women beat Arizona State” = super boring.

Maybe that’s why you sit in your seat and they sit in theirs lolol.

Reply to  Richard Saunders
2 months ago

It is true. ASU women got slammed by USC and UCLA. He should get credit for both teams!

Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

It’s not bad coaching it’s bad recruiting. I think the women swim fine for their ability

Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Isn’t recruiting at least 75% of coaching in college?

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

75% minimum.

In all college sports, not just swimming, a case could be made that because the coaching acumen is all (relatively) close, the difference usually comes down talent/personnel …. watching the swim recruiting commitments, clearly the rich are still getting richer.

OCCASIONALLY someone gets “coached up” and exceeds trajectory/projections, but rarely. Even rarer are moves up the NCAA ladder, without a great recruiting class.

Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

great swimmers make great coaches and also paper their deficiences, winning shuts many mouths.

2 months ago

Marchand also went a 1:42.55 in his 200IM, but his last 50 seemed like he coasted (25.20). Nice to be able to coast home a 1:42 200IM.

Grant Drukker
2 months ago

Marchand split his 100 breast going 25.87 / 26.88.. that back half is insane.

Reply to  Grant Drukker
2 months ago

I bet if he entered the 100 as well at NCAA’s he’d beat McHugh in both 100/200 breast