STANFORD, California – The country’s fastest 200 IMer in Léon Marchand certainly looked good on Friday afternoon in Stanford, as the highly decorated Sun Devils freshman raced back to victories in the 200 IM and 200, despite both the men’s and women’s teams leading the way. the cardinal fell.
The Cardinal went after it early and often, forcing the Sun Devils to catch up all afternoon as the Men’s No. 6 (0-2) team defeated the No. 11 Cardinal 184-93; the women’s squad (2-2) edged, 160-90, by the No. 4 cardinal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cardinal took victories in the first four events of the afternoon, before Erica Laning and Grant House cumulative back-to-back Sun Devil wins in the women’s and men’s 200 free races.
The Cardinal went on to win five straight races, and seven out of eight, to rack up a handful of points that were too many for the Sun Devils.
A pair of Sun Devil divers made their debut against the Cardinal and became the first two in the Marc Briggs era. It marks the first time the Sun Devils have competed in the diving portion of the competition since spring 2020.
In the 1 meter dive for men, Lundgren’s Diseases, a transfer from the University of Hawaii, scored 297.23 and Thomas Wesche, a Grand Canyon transfer, came in at 294.75.
In the 3 meter dive, Lundgren scored a 334.80 and Wesche a 314.10. In both events, the two Sun Devils finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE SPECIAL
Along with Marchand, the Sun Devils delivered a handful of impressive individual performances. Jade Foelske finished second in both the 100 and 200 races with 54.66 and 1:58.71 respectively.
Erica Laning won the women’s 200 free, hitting the wall at 1:47.58 and punching out 2020 Stanford Olympic silver medalist Brooke Forde, who finished in 1:47.71.
Grant House cumulative victories in the 200 free (1:34.63) and the 400 free relay (2:53.84), side by side Carter Swift, Evan Carlson and Jack Dolan. With a few wins today, House and Marchand have now won multiple events in each of the first three games of the season.
Alex Colson took home the 200 fly (1:46.76), marking his second win of the season and the first time in his student career to win the event.
Erin Milligan added a second-place finish in the 100 free (51.55), marking the fourth time on the podium in an individual race in her freshman season.
Ethan Luc’s 20.24 effort in the 50 free earned him a second-place finish, the first time the San Jose native has reached the podium this season.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Sun Devils, who head out tomorrow afternoon to visit the No. 2/7 Cal Golden Bears, with the league kicking off at 1pm MST.