Stanford (Men) Def. Arizona State
- Stanford vs ASU dual meet
- Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, CA
- January 21, 2022
- Stanford 184 – Stanford 93
Stanford hosted Arizona State on Friday afternoon for a dual meet. This was the first meet of the year and first since midseason for ASU as COVID-19 protocols have canceled their previously scheduled meets. The Stanford men are coming off a double dual-meet with wins over Harvard and Pacific.
Dating back to the 1998-1999 season, which is as far back as either school’s published records go, the teams have competed every year (except last season due to COVID-19), and Stanford has won every dual meet. This 91-point margin of victory, though, is the biggest in at least that time period.
This is a huge win for Stanford as Arizona State has had a ton of momentum, buoyed by freshman Leon Marchand. ASU was recently projected to be second at NCAA’s this year based on SwimSwam’s mid-season scored NCAA psych sheets. Stanford presented a significant heat check for ASU on Friday.
Although the Stanford men won the meet with a score of 184-93, Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand from France continued to show off his ability to make the switch from meters to yards. Marchand had two individual victories on the day. He won the 200 backstroke in a personal best time of 1:43.14. This was faster than his time of 1:44.03 which he swam at the ASU Intrasquad a week ago. His new best time places him 39th in the NCAA this season in the event. He also won the 200 IM finishing in a time of 1:43.99. Marchand holds the best time in the NCAA this season of 1:40.80 from midseason.
Redshirt senior Grant House won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:34.63. House holds the top time in the NCAA this season in the event as he went a time of 1:31.73 at midseason while leading off the 800 freestyle relay.
Sophomore Alex Colson earned the win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.76. His season best is a 1:41.38 from midseason placing him sixth in the NCAA this season.
Stanford was led by freshman Andrei Minakov who won both the 50 and 100 freestyles. He swam a time of 19.59 in the 50 and 43.29 in the 100. Minakov holds the second time in the NCAA this season in the 100 (41.69) and the fifth time in the NCAA this season in the 50 (19.13). Both of his season bests are from midseason.
Freshman Aaron Sequiera won the 100 butterfly in a best time of 47.24. That time was faster than his previous season best of 47.33 from midseason. That time was also faster than his best time prior to Stanford of 47.27 which he swam in August 2020.
200-breaststroke school record holder, Daniel Roy earned the win in the event with a time of 1:56.89. His school record of 1:51.07 is from the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. His season best this year of 1:52.54 places him fifth in the NCAA this season.
Senior Grant Shoults won the 1000 freestyle by over seven seconds finishing to the wall in a time of 9:09.13. Last week against Harvard and Pacific, Shoults won the event in a season best time of 9:03.21.
Leon MacAlister, a junior, swam to the win in the 100 backstroke touching the wall in a time of 46.64. This was only a half second off his season best of 46.14 which he swam at midseason. His season best time places him in a three-way tie for 20th in the NCAA this season.
Other first-place finishes:
- 200 medley relay: Stanford (1:25.72)
- 100 breaststroke: Ethan Dang, Stanford (53.68, season best)
- 500 freestyle: Preston Forst, Stanford (4:21.08)
- 400 freestyle relay: Arizona St (2:53.84)
ASU has their next meet scheduled for January 22nd at Cal. Stanford’s next meet is January 22nd at home against Arizona.