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ASU swim and dive has explosive showing at NC State Invite

The Sun Devils broke 10 program records and had many swimmers qualify for the 2022 NCAA Championships


ASU then-sophomore Grant House competes in the Men's 200 freestyle against the University of California at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

ASU swim and dive had a successful trip to the NC State Invite with the men’s team finishing in second and the women’s team finishing in fifth.

There was a total of 10 records set by the Sun Devils over the three days of competition, and many more qualified for the 2022 NCAA Championships.

Day One

On Thursday, freshman Léon Marchand set the program record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:40.80. Marchand’s record-setting time also earned him a spot in the 2022 NCAA Championships.

The men’s 200-freestyle relay team of redshirt sophomore Jack Dolan, redshirt senior Grant House, redshirt senior Carter Swift and redshirt junior Cody Bybee set a program record as well with a time of 1:16.60, also earning themselves a spot in the NCAA Championships. Dolan’s leadoff for the relay also set a program record with a 50-yard freestyle time of 19:12.

The final program record broken on day one of the meet was in the men’s 500-yard freestyle by redshirt sophomore Julian Hill. Hill, who already held two of the program’s top-four 500-yard freestyle times, broke the record with a time of 4:13.23.

The men’s 400-yard medley relay team of Dolan, redshirt sophomore John Heaphy, Bybee and House qualified for NCAA Championships with a time of 3:04.11, taking a second place finish. 

On the women’s side, redshirt senior Emma Nordin shone in the 500-yard freestyle, winning both the preliminary and final. Nordin’s final time of 4:43.87 earned her a spot in the NCAA Championships.

Day Two

The Sun Devils' success continued on Friday with more NCAA Championship qualifications and new program records. 

Marchand broke his second record in the 400 IM with a time of 3:35.62. Marchand qualified once again for NCAA Championships and now has the fifth fastest time in NCAA and USA Swimming history. 

The men’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of House, Swift, Hill and Marchand also broke a program record with a time of 6:10.86 to earn a win and qualify for NCAA Championships.

Also qualifying for NCAA Championships on the men’s side was House in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:31.80 and the men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Dolan, Bybee, Heaphy and Grant with a time of 1:23.98. 

Nordin continued to dominate in her races with a win in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.76. 

Day Three

The final day of the NC State Invite saw nine more Sun Devils on the podium to round out the weekend.

Marchand continued to shine in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:40.86 good for first place. Redshirt sophomore Alex Colson was close behind in second with a time of 1:41.38. 

The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Dolan, Swift, Bybee and House won with a time 2:47.43, earning them a spot in the NCAA Championships.

Nordin took the win in yet another race with a time of 15:47.15 in the 1,650-yard freestyle, earning her a spot in the NCAA Championships. 

The Sun Devils will compete next on Jan. 14 against the University of Utah at 3 p.m. MST in Tempe. 

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Kathryn FieldSports Reporter

Kathryn Field is a full time sports reporter, covering women's basketball and lacrosse for The State Press. She has previously worked for The State Press as a freelancer, covering many different sports.

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