SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers where they project the Arizona State men to finish at NCAAs this season following their impressive performance at the NC State Invitational:
Question: After what they did at the NC State Invite, where do you think the Arizona State men will place at NCAAs?
- 6th-10th – 66.5%
- Top 5 – 27.5%
- 11th+ – 6.0%
This poll topic popped up after the Sun Devil men had an explosive performance at the NC State Invitational two weeks ago, winning 10 of 18 swimming events en route to placing second in the team standings behind the Wolfpack.
This included beating NC State in all three freestyle relays, coming a close second in both medleys, and having five different men win individually.
Leading that charge was freshman Leon Marchand, who won the men’s 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM, establishing one of the fastest swims ever in the latter, asserting himself as a bonafide NCAA title contender in all three races (and likely the favorite in the 400 IM).
And despite the fact that ASU placed second to NC State in invite scoring, they actually came out on top in our hypothetically-scored meet if all of the invitationals taking place two weeks ago were scored as one.
And while the team may not have the depth to compete with the Wolfpack in an invitational setting, their high-end performers mean they’ll be able to be a real competitive team at NCAAs.
In the poll, about two-thirds of voters think ASU will place somewhere between sixth and 10th, while 27.5 percent think they’ll get into the top five.
The Bob Bowman-led Sun Devils notably redshirted their entire roster last season due to the pandemic, which helped them maintain some of their talented seniors while bringing in two years’ worth of recruits.
At the last NCAA Championships in which they competed in 2019, the team placed 21st with 75.5 points, 30.5 outside of the top 10. The highest finish in program history is sixth from 1982.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks: Are you in favor of the 200 medley relay moving to the beginning of the Division I NCAA Championships?
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner.