Zalan Sarkany Lowers ASU 1650 Free Record In 14:49.68 At UNLV First Chance Invite

2023 UNLV First Chance Invite

Arizona State freshman Zalan Sarkany continued his impressive start to his collegiate career on Friday, obliterating the school record in the 1650 freestyle at the UNLV First Chance Invite.

Sarkany, who has already lowered the ASU record in the 1000 free three times in three meets since joining the team in January, clocked in a time of 14:49.68 in his first-ever 1650, taking just over a second off the previous mark of 14:50.70 set by Gordon Mason at last year’s Pac-12 Championships.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Sarkany now ranks seventh in the NCAA this season in the 1650 free, and has positioned himself to earn an invite to the NCAA Championships based on that performance and thus won’t need to fully taper for Pac-12s. Last season, it took 14:55.21 to earn an NCAA invite.

2022-23 NCAA Rankings, Men’s 1650 Freestyle

  1. Victor Johansson (Alabama), 14:39.63
  2. Alec Enyeart (Texas), 14:43.39
  3. Jake Magahey (Georgia), 14:44.58
  4. Ross Dant (NC State), 14:44.87
  5. Charlie Clark (Ohio State), 14:46.80
  6. Tyler Watson (Florida), 14:48.34
  7. Zalan Sarkany (Arizona State), 14:49.68
  8. Levi Sandidge (Kentucky), 14:51.24
  9. Will Gallant (NC State), 14:51.52
  10. Chris Nagy (Minnesota), 14:52.62

Zarkany’s Splits

  • 22.86
  • 48.49 (25.63)
  • 1:14.53 (26.04)
  • 1:41.01 (26.48)
  • 2:07.61 (26.60)
  • 2:34.34 (26.73)
  • 3:01.08 (26.74)
  • 3:27.77 (26.69)
  • 3:54.69 (26.92)
  • 4:21.63 (26.94)
  • 4:48.46 (26.83)
  • 5:15.40 (26.94)
  • 5:42.49 (27.09)
  • 6:09.52 (27.03)
  • 6:36.75 (27.23)
  • 7:03.87 (27.12)
  • 7:31.17 (27.30)
  • 7:58.47 (27.30)
  • 8:25.82 (27.35)
  • 8:53.30 (27.48)
  • 9:20.57 (27.27)
  • 9:47.98 (27.41)
  • 10:15.54 (27.56)
  • 10:42.92 (27.38)
  • 11:10.41 (27.49)
  • 11:37.95 (27.54)
  • 12:05.42 (27.47)
  • 12:33.05 (27.63)
  • 13:00.75 (27.70)
  • 13:28.33 (27.58)
  • 13:55.89 (27.56)
  • 14:23.17 (27.28)
  • 14:49.68 (26.51)

In just seven swims with the Sun Devils thus far, Sarkany has now broken a program record in four of them.


ASU Vs. Stanford – January 20

  • 500 free – 4:17.83
  • 1000 free – 8:50.56 (broke school record)

ASU Vs. Cal – January 21

  • 500 free – 4:17.81
  • 1000 free – 8:50.25 (broke school record)

ASU Vs. Arizona – February 4

  • 500 free – 4:20.57
  • 1000 free – 8:49.31 (broke school record)

UNLV First Chance Invitational – February 10

  • 1650 free – 14:49.68 (broke school record)

Sarkany, 19, has raced the 1500 free in long course and short course meters multiple times prior to the start of his collegiate career, including clocking 14:44.74 in SCM this past November. In long course, his best time stands at 15:20.77, set in February 2022.

The freshman was the lone ASU swimmer at the meet, and he was joined by some UNLV athletes on the men’s side while Utah Tech and NAU joined the host Rebels on the women’s side.

Other top performances came from UNLV’s Krzysztof Matuszewski, who set best times in the men’s 100 free (43.60) and 100 fly (47.11), while the women had Utah Tech’s Reese Hazan clock 1:59.71 for a season-best in the 200 back and 51.64 for a PB in the 100 free.

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Don Megerle
3 months ago

He is different to watch. Insane stroke rate, hardly kicks at all. He is going to drop a ton of time. Great to see ASU doing g so well

3 months ago

Leon will allow this record to stand….for now.

Alex Wilson
3 months ago

Zalan Sarkany has one of the smoothest distance strokes I have ever seen. The only other I have seen that comes close is that of now graduated U of Arizona distance swimmer Brooks Fail

Reply to  Alex Wilson
3 months ago

nobody is on the level of Brooks Fail

he routinely pulls the 2 fly/1650 double

3 months ago

Awesome splits man

3 months ago

Not a for sure nCAA entry time in the mile or any event so far! But since he has been in heavy training, then maybe a shot to podium?!?

3 months ago

Well done

Does that meet the test of a “ bonafide” competition for qualifying purposes? Seems like a glorified intrasquad time trial on mens side

Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Not nearly as sketchy as the Liberty timing system from a few years ago.

Steve Schaffer
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Yes, it does. There were two men’s teams competing in the meet.

Demarrit Steenbergen
3 months ago

Geez, great time and also beautiful splitting. I call A final scoring in 1650, b final scoring in 500

Last edited 3 months ago by Lucas Caswell
Reply to  Demarrit Steenbergen
3 months ago

550 splits of 4:48-4:59-5:01. I wouldn’t call that good splitting. I like the total time, but good splitting? NO

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
3 months ago

Bowman has guys swimming fast.

Last edited 3 months ago by Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
3 months ago

He sure does. We’ll have to see if Bowman and his staff have got the NCAA taper thing figured out. They historically have not done great vs. seed at NCAA Champs.

Reply to  Buckeyeboy
3 months ago

He was swimming a 1650 by himself; not just way out in front but … BY HIMSELF. I’m thinking we can cut him a bit of a break on his splitting.

He’s demonstrated willingess to race against good competition. Not only did he set ASU School records in 4 of his 7 career SCY swims, he won his first two 500s against Stanford and Cal, both 4:17+(both 2:07.0 at the 250).

He was as undefeated in dual meet competiton as Leon and Maggie until in his second race of ASU’s last dual when some guy blitzed a 4:07.81. He actually tried to race Marchand, going through the 250 over a second faster than his Stanford/Cal 500s (2:05.98 to… Read more »

3 months ago

Those 500 school records seem wrong. I feel like they had guys going 4:13-4:15 last year. It’s possible they had guys going faster before that also.

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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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