Léon Marchand Shines in ASU Debut but USC Sweeps Men’s, Women’s Dual Meets

Arizona State University vs. University of Southern California Dual Meet

  • November 6, 2021
  • Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full Results (PDF)
  • Team Scores
    • Men: USC 155.5-Arizona State 138.5
    • Women: USC 208-Arizona State 90

The men and women of Troy won their second consecutive dual meet on the road Saturday, beating Arizona State in Tempe. USC also swept their dual meet against Arizona on Friday.

USC got out to early leads in both meets with 200 medley relay wins. Calypso Sheridan (24.53), Kaitlyn Dobler (27.43), Anicka Delgado (24.00), and Marta Ciesla (23.19) combined for 1:39.15 to best ASU’s Riley Lexvold, Iza Adame, Jade Foelske, and Natalia Fryckowska by 2.7 seconds. In the men’s contest, it was a much closer race. USC’s Evangelos Makrygiannis, Trent Pellini, Nikola Miljenic, and Artem Selin edged ASU’s Leon Marchand, Elijah Warren, Cody Bybee, and Evan Carlson, 1:26.78 to 1:26.97.

ASU freshman Marchand, who swam for France in the Tokyo Olympics and placed 6th in the 400 IM, won three events in his first dual meet as a Sun Devil. He is now on the board with his first official SCY times, including 1:43.69 in the 200 IM, 1:43.76 in the 200 fly, and 1:44.62 in the 200 back. His 200 IM is the leading time in the NCAA so far this season, while his 200 fly ranks 6th and his backstroke is 17th.

Other bright spots for Arizona State came from Grant House, who won the 200 free by 2.6 seconds over USC’s Alexei Sancov (1:34.52 to 1:37.17) and the 100 free ahead of teammate Carter Swift (43.33 to 43.82); and Jack Dolan (48.01), who edged Makrygiannis (48.18) in the 100 back.

Swift (43.87), House (42.72), Carlson (43.83), and Dolan (43.08) ended the meet with 2:53.50 to come to the wall about .9 ahead of USC in the 400 free relay.

USC got a pair of wins from Victor Johansson in the 1000 free (9:18.41) and 500 free (4:28.97). The Trojans earned gobs of points in both the 100 breast and 200 breast with 1-2-3 sweeps from Pellini (53.43)-Ben Dillard (54.65)-Chris O’Grady (55.24) in the 100 and Dillard (1:57.54)-O’Grady (1:59.50)-Mario Koenigsperger (2:00.92) in the 200.

The women’s meet was more one-sided. Emma Nordin (10:04.15) and Erica Laning (10:05.26) opened the individual events with a 1-2 ASU sweep in the 1000 free. USC came back to win the next event, the 200 free, with Laticia-Leigh Transom going 1:47.67. Transom won two more freestyles, the 50 (23.04) and the 100 (49.10); Ciesla was runner-up in both events.

Hannah (53.98) led a 1-2-3 USC sweep of the 100 back, followed by teammates Caroline Famous (54.48) and Aela Janvier (55.32). Hannah (1:58.62) and Janvier (1:59.55) were 1-2 in the 200 back.

Dobler (59.68) and Isabelle Odgers (1:02.21) finished 1-2 in the 100 breast for USC. Odgers won the 200 breast (2:11.00), 1.97 seconds ahead of teammate Sheridan. Sheridan (2:00.08) and Odgers (2:00.31) were the top finishers in the 200 IM. ASU’s Lindsay Looney, who edged Sheridan 1:58.89 to 1:58.96 to win the 200 fly, was third in the IM (2:05.13).

Transom (48.85), Delgado (50.76), Ciesla (50.87), and Dobler (51.57) closed the meet with a 3:22.05 victory in the 400 free relay.

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Frank A Wilson
1 month ago

In the men’s side of this meet, ASU men actually out scored USC men, 138.5 to 123.5, but lost the meet due to having to forfeit diving points as ASU has no diving team this year.

Frank A Wilson
Reply to  Frank A Wilson
1 month ago

I was present at the meet. The 138.5 to 123.t was in the men’s swimming side of the meet. This meet was also Leon Marchand’s first short course yards experience in a dual meet. Marchand to me as an observer has excellent turns and underwaters, which is unusual, especially the turns, for a swimmer whose prior experience is long course meters.

Swimmer Steve
Reply to  Frank A Wilson
1 month ago

So they lost the swimming & diving meet

Frank A Wilson
Reply to  Swimmer Steve
1 month ago

Yes. ASU lost. I commented on the swimming scores to show the relative strength of the the two teams in swimming and for those looking toward the PAC-12 meet.

Ghost
Reply to  Frank A Wilson
29 days ago

So PAC 10 meet won’t have diving? Or they will give two trophies at PAC 10s…one for swimming and one for diving? It doesn’t work like that. Track and Field has one championship just like swimming and diving have one!

Greg
Reply to  Ghost
29 days ago

Correct. PAC 10 will not be hosting diving.

Ghost
Reply to  Greg
29 days ago

I think diving is held the weekend before but Pac 10 champs trophy will combine diving and swimming.

Greg
Reply to  Ghost
29 days ago

I’m trolling you 🙂 The Pac-12 will host diving, not the PAC 10. With the trolling Frank was experiencing I thought it was only fair.

Ghost
Reply to  Greg
29 days ago

Actually for men’s swimming it is Pac 6

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Frank A Wilson
1 month ago

its called swim AND dive for a reason

DiveSwam
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Let’s be 100% honest it’s called swim and dive because no one cares enough about diving for it to remain a sport without it using swimming’s coattails. If you don’t believe me go watch the stands at any meet when diving starts. Or mid-day at a conference championship meet for the diving events. It’s two completely different sports that have no competitive reason to be combined.

Scotty P
Reply to  DiveSwam
29 days ago

Accurate

Aquajosh
Reply to  DiveSwam
29 days ago

You only say that until YOUR team wins a big meet on the strength of your divers.

Ghost
Reply to  DiveSwam
29 days ago

Or how about during the 1000s or 500s when people go to the bathroom or tv goes to a commercial? ASU fans probably wish there was no distance or breastroke in the “swimming” score either. ASU did t complain a couple years ago when their diver was scoring more points than the swimmers!

Bookit
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
29 days ago

Combining swimming and diving is the stupidest thing ever. It’s like combining football and soccer because they both use a field!

Ghost
Reply to  Bookit
29 days ago

Or like track and field?
Swimming trains men and women together and basketball thinks that is the stupidest thing they ever heard of!

mds
Reply to  Frank A Wilson
1 month ago

Frank, thank you for your objectively accurate comments, down votes and other comments being remarkably shallow and unhelpful. You were not suggesting ASU won the swimming and diving meet, but rather giving a reflection of the actual tenor of the day. It is not as if there was a whiny complaint when one team “beats” the other in diving, which is in fact an important aspect of a swimming and diving competition; it is simply appropriate commentary to note there were 32 point men and 32 points women FORFEITED, rather than competed over.

Taa
Reply to  mds
29 days ago

Bowman ran off a pretty successful diving coach didn’t he? Karma is a beach. I think ASU will be a lot stronger than USC in the pool at the end of the season.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

Check out the men’s 100 fly – swimming unattached – Ryan Held with a time of 42.28…must be freestyle.

mds
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

Yes, freestyle; and :18.88 in the 50.

Frank A Wilson
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

I believe you are correct, from my personal observation of the swim.

John williams
1 month ago

Trojans with back to back in conference wins this weekend, hard to do. It will be interesting at pac 12s

Epic gamer
29 days ago

Poggers

daeleb cressel
29 days ago

Fortnite

Joel Greenwald
27 days ago

Yes, the ASU men won the swimming portion of the meet. However, in my over 45 years of watching dual swimming/diving meets there is one common thread. When a coach (men’s or women’s) has ascertained the likely outcome of the contest (before the fact) they almost always alter the swimming lineup (and or swim some of their top swimmers as “exhibition,” only, especially in the latter parts of the meet. The likely outcome of an in-season meet BEFORE the championship portion of the schedule has begun may also often lead to different preparation the week or two before the meet in question. I am not saying that this is what happened in this particular meet, but the possibility definitely exists.

Frank A Wilson
Reply to  Joel Greenwald
27 days ago

Joel, I agree with you on frequently used coaches strategy in dual meets. I do not believe this was the case in this meet on the men’s swimming portion of the meet. First the final scores for men’s swimming portion of the meet was not decided until the final relay. Going into the final relay USC lead by a narrow margin. I also observed that right after the relay that, from the reaction of the USC swimmers, most of them thought they had lost the meet. This was in part because there was no diving, not even exhibition, by any team. In other words the USC diving team did not dive. It was not until the diving forfeit by ASU… Read more »

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