American Jay Litherland came into the meet as the top seed by a large margin in the men’s 400 IM.
The shortest event of the schedule, the 50 free, is on the schedule today.
Marchand set a lifetime best in the 100 fly (52.42) and lost his first race in more than a year (100 back) during Saturday’s LCM exhibition against NC State.
The men’s 800 free will see Brazilian star distance swimmer Guilherme Costa take the stage.
Kicking things off this morning will be Catie DeLoof in the women’s 100 free.
Jonny Kulow continues to hit at major meets, this time splitting a 47.44 on the American mixed 400 free relay at the Pan American Games on Sunday.
Kelly Pash (58.34) will have to hold off Texas teammate Olivia Bray (58.84) and Olympic champion Maggie MacNeil (59.73) in Sunday’s 100-meter butterfly final.
“Looking at the results, that’s faster than I went this summer so that’s good progress,” said Madden, who now trains with the pro group at ASU.
Texas teammates Kelly Pash (pictured) and Dakota Luther are set for a showdown in the women’s 200 fly after taking the top two seeds in prelims this morning.
ASU freshman Ilya Kharun came through once again with a monster fly split, clocking 19.55 to give the sun devils a commanding lead
Our writers picked Leon Marchand to repeat as the 200 breast/200 IM/400 IM winner at 2024 NCAAs, but other events are less clear.
Among the highlights were Leon Marchand’s otherworldly triple of nation-leading times, Ilya Kharun’s freestyle range, and Jack Dolan’s 19.04 50 free leadoff.
ASU freshman Ilya Kharun offered a glimpse of his freestyle range with an 18.93 relay anchor, a 1:35.43 in the 200 free, and a win in the 500 free (4:21.47).
“I know we can do better,” Leon Marchand said after ASU’s 2nd-place finish at NCAAs last season. “I know we can win. And I want to be a part of it.”
Lamar Taylor and Jack Armstrong went 1-2 in the 50 free at 2023 D2 NCAAs, and now in September have already swum times that would’ve qualified for ‘A’ final.