Cody Bybee will stay; Max McCusker will be transferred to the State of Arizona for the 5th year

Cody Bybee announced his intention to stay at Arizona State for his fifth year of eligibility, and Max McCusker announced that he will transfer to Arizona State for his fifth year of eligibility.

“Just a kid from Ohio🙏🏽

Glad to have received my BS in Business Management here at ASU! Glad to announce that I will be pursuing a Masters in Applied Leadership and Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in my 5th year of eligibility!

Thanks to my friends, family and coaches for some of the best years of my life so far🍾

📸: @miajonesphotography”

Bybee spent his first four years at Arizona State. He was technically listed as a junior redshirt last season as Arizona State made its entire roster redshirt in the 2020-21 season.

This season, Bybee helped Arizona State finish third in the 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Championships by scoring 37 individual points, fifth-highest on the team. Bybee was third in the 100 butterfly (45.32), fourth in the 50 freestyle (19.17) and 11th in the 100 freestyle (42.78). He also competed in second place in the Sun Devils 200 medley relay swimming the butterfly leg. He also swam over their second place finish in the 200m freestyle relay as an anchor.

Bybee then competed at the 2022 NCAA Championships. There he swam in the 50 freestyle (19.23, 20th), 100 freestyle (42.48, 30th) and 100 butterfly (45.53, 25th) prelims. He also swam their 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Both relays finished sixth.

Bybee’s best SCY times:

  • 50 free: 19.17
  • 100 free: 42.36
  • 200 free: 1:33.46
  • 100 butterfly: 45.19

McCusker comes to Arizona State after spending his undergraduate career at Florida State. McCusker told SwimSwam he will be pursuing a master’s degree in sports law.

He also told SwimSwam that he transferred to ASU due to the “The top coaching staff alongside the world class sprint program that has grown. I want to compete against the best in the university and win national titles.

McCusker reached the B final in all three of his individual events at the 2022 ACC Championship. There he finished ninth in the 100m butterfly (45.74), 10th in the 100m freestyle (42.57) and 13th in the 50m freestyle (19 ,48). He then swam in the NCAAs where he finished 42nd in the 100 butterfly (47.02) and 50th in the 50 freestyle (19.85).

His best SCY times are:

  • 50 free: 19.28
  • 100 free: 42.57
  • 200 free: 1:35.94
  • 100 fly: 45.74

McCusker’s best times have the potential to have an immediate impact for the Sun Devils both at the conference and national level. His best time in the 50 frees would have been fifth at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, his best 100 frees would have been fifth, and his best 100 butterflies would have been sixth. In total, McCusker’s fastest times would have brought ASU 41 more individual points to the Pac-12 Championships. The Sun Devil men finished 108 points behind second place Stanford.

McCusker’s best 50m freestyle time is 0.01 faster than what Jack Dolan swam to lead the team’s 200m freestyle relay to the 2022 NCAA Championships. That relay was comprised of Dolan (second year in redshirt), Grant House (senior redshirt), Leon Marchand (freshman), and Bybee.

The Sun Devil men finished sixth at the 2022 NCAA Championships with a total of 236 points.