Leon Marchand Shows Off Versatility With 44.77 100 Back, #1 Time In The Country

Arizona State vs. Arizona

  • Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, Arizona
  • Live Results Under “Arizona State vs. Arizona” on MeetMobile

Remember the days when Leon Marchand‘s backstroke times were a step behind his times in other strokes? Well, those days are over, because the Arizona State sophomore just swam a 44.77 in the 100 back at the ASU vs. Arizona dual meet, beating out Kacper Stokowski‘s 44.79 by 0.02 seconds to set the top time in the country for the 2022-23 NCAA season.  This swim was a big drop for Marchand, whose personal best coming into Saturday was a 46.14 from November 2021.

Marchand now leads the country in seven different events this NCAA season.

Leon Marchand, Nation-Leading Times, 2022-23 NCAA season:

  • 100 back: 44.77
  • 100 breast: 51.01
  • 200 breast: 1:48.82
  • 200 fly: 1:39.57
  • 200 IM: 1:38.89
  • 400 IM: 3:31.84 (NCAA record)
  • 500 free: 4:07.81

Top Times, Men’s 100-Yard Back, 2022-23 NCAA season:

  1. Leon Marchand, ASU — 44.77
  2. Kacper Stokowski, NC State — 44.79
  3. Destin Lasco, Cal — 44.88
  4. Bjorn Seeliger, Cal — 45.23
  5. Nate Stoffle, Auburn — 45.26

Since 2021, Marchand has improved substantially on both ends of his race. His first 50 got 0.61 seconds faster, while his last 50 got 0.77 seconds faster.

Comparative Splits:

Leon Marchand, 2021 Leon Marchand, 2023
50y 22.32 21.72
100y 23.82 23.05
Total 46.14 44.77

In Marchand’s race, his teammates Owen McDonald (46.05) and Hubert Kos (47.15) finished over a second behind him. McDonald set a personal best, dropping from his 46.20 swam at midseasons, while Kos (who was swimming just his second-ever 100 back race) was just 0.08 seconds off his own.

Later on in the meet, Marchand swam a 4:07.81 in the 500 free, which makes him the fifth-fastest performer of all time. He also split 23.20 on breaststroke in ASU’s 200 medley relay.

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1 month ago

Jack Dolan of ASU was :45.25 at the NC State/GAC November Invite and should thus be #5 in your ’22-’23 100 Backstroke list, surpassing Auburn’s Nate Stoffle by a hair (0.01 seconds).

1 month ago

anybody got the video?? I know PAC 12 did a live stream, but if ya missed it is there still a way to watch it?

1 month ago

ASU is trying to figure out who to put in for NCAA and keeping everyone else guessing.

Solid move!

1 month ago

He’s just plain dirty.

1 month ago

And they were shaved

1 month ago

This was supposed to be his off event…

Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

Every time i see this guys picture while my 3 mbps download speed internet loads I say to myself what did this Dirty Dan do this time

Swimswam follower
1 month ago

He’s probably been racing Regan in the backstrokes. Remember Chase says she’s doing the same work as the guys. Watch out I have a good feeling she’s going to be better too.

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