Marchand Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week

TEMPE, Arizona— After becoming the fastest 400-IMer in NCAA history on Jan. 21, Léon Marchand was named the Pac-12 men’s swimmer of the week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Marchand won each of the six individual races he competed in during the No. 1 Sun Devil Men’s victories over the No. 12 Stanford and the No. 2 Cal, highlighted by his record time of 3:31.84 in the 400 IM. A native of Toulouse, France, he is now a perfect 19-on-19 in individual events raced this season. He was also a member of the two who won 200 medley relays against the Cardinal and Golden Bears.

January 20 against Stanford

100 chest (1st): 51.15
200 chest (1st): 1:49.16
200IM (1ST): 1:38.89

Jan 21 vs Cal
100 chest (1st): 51.01
200 chest (1st): 1:48.82
400 IM (1st): 3:31.84


  • Of his six individual wins this week, Marchand set school records for 100 breaststroke (51.01) and 400 IM (3:31.84). Of course, no one in NCAA history has clocked a faster time on the latter.
  • Marchand’s 51.15 in the 100 chest on Friday, Jan. 20 against Stanford was a school record — until he broke it less than 24 hours later with his 51.01 against Cal.
  • Midway through his sophomore year, the 20-year-old now owns individual school records in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM categories.
  • He has posted the fastest times in the nation in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM this season.

Marchand set the swimming world on fire on Jan. 21 when he set a new NCAA record in the 400 IM.

Marchand was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Month in November after winning each of the 11 events he competed in during the Sun Devils’ doubles meet at USC (Nov. 4) and their Midseason Invitational at NC State (Nov . Nov.) had participated 19).

He put together one of the most impressive freshman seasons in Sun Devil history last year, earning CSCAA Division I Swimmer of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman and Men’s Swimmer of the Year awards. He was a two-time national champion in the 200m breaststroke and 200m – he set an NCAA record in the 200m with a time of 1:37.69 – and became the school’s first national swimming champion in 22 years.

Marchand and the senior Sun Devil Men, fresh from one of the most memorable weekends in program history, are poised to turn heads at both the Pac-12 and NCAA championships later this spring.


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