Explaining Leon Marchand’s 3:28.82 400 IM NCAA Record | RACE ANALYSIS


We are giving it our best at explaining Leon Marchand‘s 3:28.82 400 IM… but to be honest, it’s hard to put into words. He dropped 2.5 seconds, becoming the first man to go 3:31, 3:30, 3:29, and 3:28 all in 3 months (and the last 3 of those all in 3.5 minutes). This weekend, the man can do no wrong.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Andy Hardt
1 year ago

This is a fantastic analysis!

1 year ago

Crazy to watch his walls…. in a freaking 400IM.

I remember a certain 100 and 200 flyer, some 30 years back who liked to push the boundaries of underwaters. What was his name again?

1 year ago


Mark Twang
1 year ago

My hunch is that Marchand has done such a number on Carson Foster’s head that next year Kalisz and Litherland make the US Oly team in the 400 IM.

(Carson will make it in the 200 IM.)

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
Reply to  Mark Twang
1 year ago

MA will make it in the 2IM and then come 6th in the final.

K Chilly
1 year ago

I see this changing the 400IM and 500 over the next years. Coaches of these distances don’t emphasize underwaters much and athletes typically don’t train to hit more than 5 kicks. We just recently started seeing 200 free athletes kick past mid pool and now this guy is doing it for a 400IM??? Longer racing with breath holding is a territory un-explored in not only swimming but any sport and it goes against every mammalian instinct to train and compete in that manner.

Taking this to its extreme I could see this shaping the kind of athletes we see breaking records in the future. A 500 freestyler that kicks off the wall to 15 each wall has to be… Read more »

Reply to  K Chilly
1 year ago

Wonder how much of it was developed by Bowman and how much of it was trained in France.

Reply to  Noah
1 year ago

who else had amazing underwaters in the 400 IM?
I think that bob has helped him a lot

Stan Crump
Reply to  K Chilly
1 year ago

Or, he is just a freak of nature, with natural physical gifts that only he has. I do agree with the idea that walls have now become an additional training need for middle distance types.

Reply to  K Chilly
1 year ago

i remember kelsi dhalia kicking out to 15m after every turn in her 200 fly scy races.
she was good, dont get me wrong, but she didnt really make up any ground on the underwaters nor did it seem to give her more strenght for the swimming portion.

so yea, i dont think we’ll see a big change in this regard bc i don think it makes the majority of swimmers faster

1 year ago

Where’s the “regular” media coverage? THIS is ridiculously newsworthy to all you head in the sand reporters!

1 year ago

Just curious if you have any analytics on how many times 3:28 has been put into the swimswam time converter in the past 24 hrs?

Reply to  Jvj
1 year ago

Ha, no. We don’t keep data on individual queries, but it is a fascinating question.

1 year ago

Analysis: it was f-ing nuts.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

Read More »