Ilya Kharun Swims 2nd-Fastest 200 Fly in ASU History (1:39.31) 2 Days After NC State Invite

2023 Arizona State vs. Utah

  • Nov. 20, 2023
  • Don Reddish Pool
    • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results (PDF)
  • Men: No. 1 Arizona State 232, Utah 66
  • Women: No. 15 Arizona State women 210.5, Utah 88.5

Just one day removed from the NC State Invite, Arizona State turned around and faced off against Utah in a dual meet on the way back to Tempe.

Canadian freshman Ilya Kharun clocked the second-fastest 200 fly time in Sun Devils’ history with a winning mark of 1:39.31, just a couple tenths off his personal-best 1:39.10 from Saturday that leads the NCAA this season. Heading into this season, his lifetime best was a 1:40.89 from February.

Kharun also won the 200 IM with a personal-best 1:43.51, shaving more than two seconds off his previous-best 1:45.93 from earlier this month. He split 21.48 on his 50 fly leadoff, 26.52 on his 50 back, 30.77 on his 50 breast, and 24.74 on his 50 free.

Kharun opened the evening with a victory swimming the fly leg of ASU’s 200 medley relay, but the back-half splits that show him splitting 20.70 and sophomore Jonny Kulow anchoring with a 17.56 free split are not accurate (Kharun went more like 19-mid and Kulow went about 18-mid).

In sprint freestyle events, Kulow posted a 19.34 in the 50 free, a few tenths off his season-best 19.00 that ranks 8th in the NCAA this season. ASU junior Patrick Sammon won both the 100 free (43.63) and 200 free (1:34.27) while fifth-year Jack Dolan delivered a 42.84 leadoff on the Sun Devils’ 400 free relay. Dolan added a 21.12 backstroke leadoff on ASU’s 200 medley relay as well as a 19.44 in the individual 50 free race.

Sun Devils senior David Schlicht swept the 100 breast (53.25) and 200 breast (1:54.75). His season bests are 52.60 and 1:51.55, respectively, the latter of which ranks 4th in the NCAA this season.

Junior star Leon Marchand did not compete for ASU on Monday coming off a 3rd-place finish in the 400 IM (3:38.61) behind Schlict (3:38.16) and Hungarian sophomore Hubert Kos (personal-best 3:35.82) at the NC State Invite.

On the women’s side, Latvian sophomore Ieva Maluka led the Sun Devils with individual wins in the 100 free (49.58), 200 free (1:46.04), and 200 IM (1:56.97) while also contributing a personal-best 25.36 50 back leadoff on ASU’s 200 medley relay. She was only about a second off her personal-best 200 IM time of 1:55.46 from her NC State Invite victory that ranks 10th in the NCAA this season.

ASU senior Lindsay Looney also picked up four wins by sweeping the 100 fly (53.69) and 200 fly (1:56.18) along with the 200 medley relay (24.09 fly split) and 400 free relay (49.11 split).  Sophomore Zoe Summar triumphed in the 100 breast (1:01.83) and 200 breast (2:14.92) while also swimming breast (27.90 split) on the Sun Devils’ 200 medley relay. Her best times are 1:00.29 and 2:09.41 in the 100 breast and 200 breast, respectively, both from the NC State Invite.

Deniz Ertan earned her fifth 1000 free win of the season in 9:53.94, about 20 seconds off her personal-best 9:33.07 that ranks 3rd in the NCAA this season. A Georgia Tech transfer, the Turkish sophomore also secured a 1st-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:50.94, about 15 seconds off her best time (4:40.32).

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Old Man Coach
16 days ago

It will be interesting to see how many athletes will make big moves by NCAA’s. It’s clear every year that some teams taper and swim fast in season while others don’t and even at the top in events like the 200 Fly we will see some athletes step up to compete. Some athletes swim slower in season while others are quite speedy throughout the year. NCAA’s is the great equalizer for forcing everyone the bring their best. I see a sub 1:37 effort needed to win this year’s 200 Fly. Sounds crazy but it’s where it’s going. It will take a big drop off of a rested 1:39 swim. Big drops are coming this year with the Olympics on the… Read more »

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Old Man Coach
16 days ago

Unless I’m missing someone, the only 2 that have a good chance at going 1:37 are Marchand and Kharun and both will not swim it. So I can’t imagine needing to go a sub 1:37 to win in when there’s only 1 person likely to swim it to be able to go 1:37.

jeff
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
16 days ago

what is Kharun swimming?

mds
Reply to  jeff
16 days ago

200 Fly. Pretty sure Art simply meant it was not likely BOTH Ilya and Leon would swim it, expecting Leon to pursue his 3rd consecutive 200 Breaststroke title. Right, Art?

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  mds
16 days ago

Correct. There is a 0% chance Marchand swims the 200 fly with Kharun.

snailSpace
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
16 days ago

It’s like Kharun’s main event. Wdym?

Old Man Coach
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
16 days ago

Jett, Rose, Hayes, and Burns all sub 1:40 guys last year and returning this year none of which have appeared to have swam rested SCY since NCAA but all had good summers showing improvement. Times same as Kharun this year and the threat of Olympics creates an atmosphere of everyone pushing which IMO sets the perfect environment for records and barriers to be broken. Sub 1:37 to win

mds
Reply to  Old Man Coach
16 days ago

First, Jett(SCY PB 1:39.27), Rose(SCY PB 1:39.89), Hayes(SCY PB 1:38.97) and Burns(SCY PB 1:38.71)are all great swimmers. But I continue to be amazed that Ilya’s teammate Alex Colson continues to be excluded from discussions on NCAA 200 fly racing. He’s also sub-1:40, being 1:39.55 in 3/23, as well as being an A finalist in both ’22 and ’23; only Jett is faster in both SCY and LCM than Colson. Of this sub-group of flyers, only Rose had a significant summer advance and he has the slowest SCY PB. We await fall invitational results for Jett and Rose in about 10 days. Interestingly, Burns and Hayes, the ’22 and ’23 NCAA titilists respectively, have swum their fall invitationals but neither swam… Read more »

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Old Man Coach
16 days ago

The fastest time last year was 1:38.7, then 1:38.9, 1:39.2. There was a lot of competition last year too. Dropping 2 seconds when you’re already a 1:38-1:39 isn’t very easy. If any of these guys go 1:37 high I’d be very surprised let alone a sub 1:37. Even with a greay summer, dropping that much time is going to be tough.

Logsdogs
16 days ago

Imagine if there was a 8 medley relay…

NoFastTwitch
Reply to  Logsdogs
16 days ago

800m medley relay should be an Olympic event

happypenguin
Reply to  NoFastTwitch
16 days ago

username checks out

mds
Reply to  Logsdogs
16 days ago

What are you imagining?

I can imagine:
a. 8 athletes, each swimming a 100 IM;
b. 4 athletes, each swimming a 200 IM;
c. 8 athletes, with 2 each swimming a 100 leg(2 flyers, 2 backstrokers, etc.)
d. 4 athletes, each swimming a 200 stroke leg (back, breast, fly, free)
e. 2 athletes, each swimming a 400 IM;
f. various other permutations of athletes and distance adding to 800 (i.e. 100, 200, 200, 300; 200, 200, 400; etc.)

Greg
16 days ago

Always curious why we refer to it as altitude or high altitude training and not as elevation or high elevation training (I do as well!). Isn’t altitude above the earth’s surface and elevation is on the earth’s surface?

KSW
Reply to  Greg
16 days ago

I didn’t know there was a difference

Admin
Reply to  Greg
16 days ago

Good point! I suppose it comes down to the difference between the way the general public uses language vs the way specialists (geographers in this case) use language.

Meow
Reply to  Greg
16 days ago

You learn something new every day!

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Greg
16 days ago

More random questions (and factoids) like this please commenters

Thirteenthwind
Reply to  Fraser Thorpe
16 days ago

Fun fact: A factoid is something that is based on assumption / repeated so often it is generally accepted as fact rather than being something actually true.

More recent lexicon has started using it to mean “trivial news” but the OG definition is not actually “little fact” (which means, then, that factoid = little fact is actually in and of itself, a factoid)

Pieter H
Reply to  Thirteenthwind
16 days ago

This is interesting

Chris
17 days ago

Conger’s record is toast

Andrew
17 days ago

As of now, ASU can put someone up in literally every event other than 1 breast/1650. 1 breast is instantly resolved if frenchie swims and I think Heaphy will do enough to get a lane in B final. If Sarkany comes back, they should get good points from him and Matheson. I’m expecting Matheson to become a watered down version of David Johnston this year

It’s just mind blowing how stacked ASU is:

800 FRR: Marchand, Sammon, Hill, ? will be top 3 for sure
200 Med: Kos, Marchand, Kharun, Kulow probably favorites

50 free: Dolan, Kulow, Kharun
200 IM: Kos, Marchand, Schlicht, even McDonald could score
500 free: Hill, Matheson, Sarkany

200 FRR: Dolan, Kulow, Kharun,… Read more »

snailSpace
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Sarkany was 14.23 SCM a few weeks ago in the 1500. That’s something like 4:17-18 SCY in the 1650. Winning time last NCAA’s was 14:28. If Hafnaoui isn’t swimming at NCAA’s, Sarkany is plausibly going for gold in the mile.

Last edited 16 days ago by snailSpace
Justin Pollard
Reply to  Andrew
16 days ago

Great post! Couldn’t resist the Cal jab at the end though, could ya? 😂 Anyways, this might be fun for Cal too, let’s see:
800 FRR: Lasco, Jett, Shackell, Hanson/Hawk (faster than last year when they got 3rd)
200 Med: Seeliger, Bell, Rose, Alexy (same team that took 4th last year)

50 free: Seeliger, Alexy, Bell (2 up, 1 down last year) + Rose, Hawk (you never know)
200 IM: Lasco, Louser (been fast enough to score top 16)
500 free: Jett, Shackell, Matt Chai (not on the roster, right now, so big ?)

200 FRR: Seeliger, Alexy, Bell, Lasco (same team that took 2nd last year)

400 IM: Louser (not sure who else, might be… Read more »

mds
Reply to  Justin Pollard
16 days ago

Good job, Justin. But I don’t see Shackell (excellent and I see him scoring a lot of Bear points over his career) as an answer to Kharun this year.

But I think you may have over “hidden” the freshman. At least Keaton Jones is worth mentioning; I’d even consider Keaton, when added to Shackell, as potentially balancing Ilya’s scoring.

Most of the other freshman appear talented but likely to be at least a year away from scoring types, though in swimming you can never know who will make a mongo jump. 5 of their freshman(Rob Alexy, Nik Antoniou, Roman Jones, Humberto Najera, Samuel Quarles) beyond Keaton and Aaron seem to be in that range where a huge jump could… Read more »

Andrew
Reply to  Justin Pollard
16 days ago

Except Cal does not develop in the capacity that ASU does and recruits considerably better than ASU.

Kharun is a stud but Cal has like 5 1.00 power index freshman guys this year, so the argument that ASU struck gold with Kharun is irrelevant

whoisthis
17 days ago

hold up were they at altitude???

Alex Wilson
Reply to  whoisthis
17 days ago

Utah is at 4783 ft altitude

Chris
Reply to  Alex Wilson
17 days ago

oh my god

Chadius Daddus
Reply to  whoisthis
16 days ago

yeah, he did it in the airplanes pool. The new 878s are massive!

Wanna Sprite?
17 days ago

1:37.15

mds
17 days ago

The Peel, Kos and Heaphy splits noted for from the NCState/GAC meet.

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