Leon Marchand Blasts 1:48.20 200 Breast For 2nd Individual Title, #2 All-Time


Arizona State University freshman Leon Marchand defeated a loaded 200 breaststroke field, including the defending NCAA Champion Max McHugh, to win his 2nd individual NCAA title of the weekend. Marchand’s time (1:48.20) marks him as the fastest freshman in NCAA history, and also moves him up to become the 2nd-fastest performer in history, only behind Will Licon‘s NCAA/American Record (1:47.91) from 2017.

Marchand dropped over 2 full seconds from his prelims time, which was a personal best up until is finals performance. Marchand becomes the 10th athlete in history, and the only non-American, to break 1:50 in the 200 breast.


  1. Will Licon (Texas) – 1:47.91 (2017)
  2. Leon Marchand (ASU) – 1:48.20 (2022)
  3. Reece Whitley (Cal) – 1:48.53 (2020)
  4. Kevin Cordes (Arizona) – 1:48.66 (2014)
  5. Andrew Seliskar (Cal) – 1:48.70 (2021)
  6. Max McHugh (Minnesota) – 1:48.76 (2022)
  7. Matt Fallon (Penn) – 1:49.03 (2022)
  8. Cody Miller (Sandpipers) – 1:49.31 (2017)
  9. Josh Prenot (Cal) – 1:49.38 (2016)
  10. Carles Coll Marti (VT) – 1:49.69 (2022)


  1. Leon Marchand (ASU) – 1:48.20 (2022)
  2. Matt Fallon (Penn) – 1:49.03 (2022)
  3. Max McHugh (Minnesota) – 1:49.41 (2019)
  4. Reece Whitley (Cal) – 1:50.62 (2019)
  5. Josh Matheny (Indiana) – 1:50.65 (2022)
  6. Anton McKee (Alabama) – 1:51.59 (2014)
  7. Ron Polonsky (Stanford) – 1:51.73 (2022)
  8. Carles Coll Marti (VT) – 1:51.84 (2021)
  9. Kevin Cordes (Arizona) – 1:51.97 (2012)
  10. Caspar Corbeau (Texas) – 1:52.06 (2019)

Marchand was out conservatively, hitting the 50-yard mark at 24.67 in the 3rd-place position. Marchand built throughout the race, focusing on his back-end and propulsive underwater pullouts as he has throughout these Championships. Marchand overtook McHugh at the finish with his monstrous 28.32 last 50, compared to McHugh’s 29.20.

Comparative Splits – Licon (2017) vs. Marchand (2022):

Will Licon (Texas) – 2017 NCAA Championships Leon Marchand (ASU) – 2022 NCAA Championships
24.23 24.67
27.19 27.34
27.99 27.87
28.50 28.32
1:47.91 1:48.20

Fastest Freshman Comparative Splits – Fallon (2022) vs. Marchand (2022):

Marchand passed Matt Fallon (Penn) to become the fastest freshman ever. Fallon’s race strategy focuses on a conservative front-half with an aggressive back-half. Fallon’s back-100 (55.23) in Prelims was significantly faster than Marchand’s tonight (56.19), but Marchand had the easy front-end speed that allowed him to stay ahead of Fallon in the finals.

Matt Fallon (Penn) – 2022 NCAA Championships (Prelims) Leon Marchand (ASU) – 2022 NCAA Championships
25.41 24.67
28.39 27.34
27.13 27.87
28.10 28.32
1:49.03 1:48.20

Marchand’s last 50 in the finals was the fastest in the field, including Fallon (28.44), who’s known for his finishing speed in the 200 breast. In prelims, Fallon brought his 200 home in a blazing 28.10. Tonight, Fallon ran out of room to charge Marchand and McHugh, finishing 3rd (1:49.16), just off his personal best time from the prelims (1:49.03). Marchand’s last 50 was also faster than Licon’s record-pace (28.50), highlighting Marchand’s ability to close with aggression.

The 19-year old has had quite the weekend, amassing 57 individual points for the Sun Devils. In his first individual event at an NCAA Championships, Marchand won the 200 IM (1:37.69) and broke nearly every record in the books, shattering Caeleb Dressel‘s 1:38.13 from the 2018 SEC Championships. He also placed 2nd in the 400 IM (3:34.08), and swam legs on ASU’s 800 free relay (5th), 200 free relay (6th), 400 medley relay (8th), and is expected to swim on their 400 free relay later in the session.

Marchand and LSU’s Brooks Curry are the only two swimmers to win two individual NCAA titles this weekend. Curry, who won an Olympic Gold Medal as a part of the United State’s 400 free relay in Tokyo, won the 50 (18.56) and 100 (40.84) freestyle events this weekend in Atlanta.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alex Wilson
1 year ago

Marchand proved his NCAA performance was no fluke by swimming to two firsts (200IM. 400IM) and a second (200Fly) at the World Championships in Budapest in June, including the second fastest time ever in the 400IM

1 year ago

I dont mean to be that guy but the top 10 performances is supposed to be performers, and is out of order slightly.

1 year ago

Are we going to pretend he didn’t take 2 strokes on the first 25?

Big Mac #1
1 year ago

Swimmer of the meet and ncaa swimmer of the year

Reply to  Big Mac #1
1 year ago

Maybe he swam so well because he didn’t take the redshirt year like the other Sun Devils? Maybe he made finals at Olympics when the Sun Devils who redshirted didn’t make the US Olympic Team?

1 year ago

Coll Martí should be 10th on that all time list with his 1:49.69

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 year ago

Douglass, Walsh, now this guy too?!


Career breaststrokers this year
comment image

Alex Wilson
1 year ago

Two firsts and a second in individual competition! Is this the best performance and most individual points ever scored by a freshman?

Reply to  Alex Wilson
1 year ago

See Brian Goodell…

Swim Fan
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 year ago


Big Mac #1
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 year ago

The love child of Adam silver and that roger goodell

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Alex Wilson
1 year ago

I’m sure someone historically scored more, but NCAA swimming/swimming in general had never been so competitive. So, I’d say yes. Best freshman performance ever.