SwimSwam Pulse: 66% Predict ASU Men To Place 6th-10th At NCAAs

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:

RESULTS

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 Pollwhich asks: Are you in favor of the 200 medley relay moving to the beginning of the Division I NCAA Championships?

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Swimm
7 months ago

Their ceiling is 4th, and their floor depends on how their taper goes. I can’t see them topping Texas, Cal, or Florida. If they nail their NCAA taper, they have good enough relays and an outside shot at top 4.

I think the most likely outcome is 7th/8th. Here is my predicted top 15:

1. Texas (Heavy favorites)

2. California (Just not enough depth to win)

3. Florida (will be sad when this sr class graduates)

4. NC State (Back to their favorite spot)

5. Louisville (Strong relays, but NCS gets the edge)

6. UGA (Sates, Downing, Urlando, & Magahey carry this team hard)

7. Arizona State (Elite relays & a few heavy hitters with Marchand leading the way)… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Swimm
HJones
Reply to  Swimm
7 months ago

Are we still sure that Sates is going to go to UGA this year?

Taa
Reply to  HJones
7 months ago

$ates

Swimm
Reply to  HJones
7 months ago

I personally don’t feel too confident that he will be at UGA based off of interviews I’ve seen with Hawke and Coleman. I’d say 60% chance he’s in Athens in January. If he is, the relays get a boost, but not the boost they need.

UGA is in dire need of a breaststroker. I don’t think they crack the top 4 based solely off of their medley relays likely getting crushed by Louisville and NCS. Obviously Urlando, Downing, Grum, Magahey, etc… will score good points, but you’re only as good as your relays at NCAAs…

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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