Leon Marchand Swims PB in 200 Backstroke as Stanford Men Defeat ASU

Stanford (Men) Def. Arizona State 

  • Stanford vs ASU dual meet
  • Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, CA
  • January 21, 2022
  • Results 
  • 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.

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1 year ago

Either McCallister is going to drop a ton in the 100 back at NCAA’s or he just doesn’t taper at all.

1 year ago

Put this dude in the 200 breast

Reply to  wow
1 year ago

He swam it the day before vs Cal. 1.54. He’s a very good LCM breaststroker.

Reply to  Stewie
1 year ago

Marchand in lane by Whitley, passing by Reece in the last 10 yards for the win.

PAC-12 Fan
Reply to  wow
1 year ago

He swam the 200 Breast the day after Stanford, and beat Reece Whitley, a CAL senior. Leon Marchand is a freshman.

He then swam the 400 IM next and won it by 12 seconds against Sean Grieshop, another CAL senior. Marchand 3:43.10, Grieshop, 3:55.01.

Leon Marchand, a freshman, can swim it all and swim them fast. So, he is kind of impressive and swim fans like fast swim news. People will have to get used to reading about him on here because he is only a freshman and still got a lot more college swimming to do.

Stanford Diver
1 year ago

Stanford: destroys ASU in dual
SwimSwam: talks about ASU and Leon Marchand exclusively for the first half of the article

Carlsbad Taverns
Reply to  Stanford Diver
1 year ago

Stanford: wins a meet
Stanford swimmers: show that they are still Charmin soft.

Not sure you know what “exclusively” means. First 3 paragraphs are about the Stanford win.

Reply to  Stanford Diver
1 year ago

Not sure the headline was appropriate! The losing team should not get the headline for a foreign kid who swims a best time in an off event in a course he has rarely swum? I am sure you could have found a Stanford headlight. ASU got TrAMPLED In both meets this weekend and they were/are ranked top 5….maybe “ASU gets trampled by Cal and Stanford this weekend” Should be the headline?

Katie Legoatkey
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago
  1. scoring in dual meets doesnt really matter
  2. “foreign kid” and your point is…?
Last edited 1 year ago by Yanyan Li
Reply to  Katie Legoatkey
1 year ago

Winning and losing do matter….you must not have coached in college

Foreign swimmer meant this is his first season of ever swimming yards so almost swim will be a LTB

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Ghost
1 year ago

To the best of my knowledge Marchand is the first male swimmer who has NCAA A or B cut times in all 4 strokes plus IM as a freshman and with zero short course yards, and the season is not done yet!

Reply to  Stanford Diver
1 year ago

Re: Article on Stanford Men v ASU Men
A lot of pointless argument (“Stanford: destroys ASU in dual”) over the journalism — who gets Headline credit — when this meet in fact gives a great deal of insight into how our sport works. THE ONLY REAL COMPARISON OF TEAMS AND ATHLETES IS WHEN THEY ARE AT COMPARABLE POINTS IN THEIR PREPARATION.
Almost always teams are at a comparable preparation point at their championship meets(in college always at national meets; conference meets, sometimes yes, sometimes no), and commonly at a first semester rest meet for college teams (i.e. Both ASU and Stanford at NC State Invite this fall, with ASU in 2nd leading Stanford… Read more »

Reply to  mds
1 year ago

It is worth noting that ASU was suited for their senior day but thank you for gracing the community with your in-depth comment.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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