Carson Foster vs. Leon Marchand NCAA Championship Predictions

Leon Marchand’s star is going supernova, but Carson Foster is in the hunt. Carson performed at Big 12s, dropping a very solid 3:35 400 IM.  Carson’s got perspective on this race, and he’s excited for the challenge.  Carson said, “This race is going to feel a lot like Worlds.”

Carson Foster NCAA Predictions!

200 IM?  I see Carson going a 1:39.3. He touches 3rd, moving up from 6th last year, notching his first time under 1:40.

200 Back? Carson swims 1:37.8 for a new PB, hitting the wall 2nd to Cal’s Destin Lasco.

400 IM?  Carson rips an exciting 3:31.99, going out fast, but he can’t quite hold off a charge from Marchand. Marchand wins, touching in 3:30.09.

But who cares what I think? It’s all about what you think. Drop your comments below.

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11 months ago

Marchand will go under 3:30 in the 400 IM. I predicted he would go 1:36.5 or better on another thread, and I see him going under 3:30, maybe even 3:28 high.

11 months ago

I don’t see how Foster hasn’t broken 1:40 if he’s a 1:55 LCM, especially with how Marchand and Gonzalez have much faster SCY times yet are relatively closer in LCM.

Reply to  iLikePsych
11 months ago

I think he’s clearly good for a 1:38 if he puts together the race he’s capable of

11 months ago

Pimping for Carson?

11 months ago

Marchand will sweep the floor with Foster.

Luis Vargas
11 months ago

Leon is a proven big meet swimmer. Off course I just jinxed him lol

Reply to  Luis Vargas
11 months ago

The jinx doesn’t work on French swimmers. Only American swimmers.

11 months ago

As good as Leon is, I have an eye on Hugo as upset potential in the 400 im. Hugo gave Leon a run for his money in the 200 im quite unexpectedly at pac-12s. In SCY the 400im has been his best event, so who knows what we’ll see from him tapered. That being said as it was at the conference meet Marchand’s huge advantage off the walls might be too much to overcome.

11 months ago

Why dissing Hugo so much? He swam 1:37.19 at Pac-12 in the 200 back, yet you have Carson 2nd to Lasco at NCAA in 1:37.8.

Reply to  dscott
11 months ago

Hugo is out of shape😂

11 months ago

So excited to watch this race. 2IM and 4IM are my favorite races to watch and you really can’t ask for better storylines

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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