TEMPE, Ariz. – What a year it was for Léon Marchand.
He arrived in Tempe a year ago as a baby-faced freshman, some 5,660 miles from his home in Toulouse, France – and it wasn’t long before he was set the swimming world on fire.
From his arrival last fall until today, he has established himself as one of the most dominant swimmers in the sport. A four-time Pac-12 champion, two-time NCAA champion and two-time world champion, Marchand is back on campus for his sophomore season, and fans will have plenty of chances to see the Frenchman at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in 2022. -23.
Below are grades, numbers and accolades from his sizzling rookie campaign.
-Two-time NCAA champion in the 200 individual IM and 200 breaststroke (set an NCAA record in the 200 individual IM with his time of 1:37.69)
-Named CSCAA First Team All-American Scholar in 2021-22
-Named the 2021-22 CSCAA Male Swimmer of the Year and was a member of the CSCAA All-American First Team in seven events
-Named the swimmer of the meet in his first Pac-12 championships in 2022, winning the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breaststroke and 800 freestyle relays
-Named Pac-12 Freshman Swimmer and 2021-22 Male Swimmer of the Year
-Set ASU school records in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM and was a member of four relay groups that set new program records (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 four relay swimming)
-In his highly anticipated Sun Devil debut on Nov. 6, 2021 against USC, he won the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, 200 IM and placed second in the 200 medley relay
-Complete Freshman Biography
LÉON MARCHAND WINS THE 200 IM IN 1:37.69, THE FASTEST TIME IN NCAA HISTORY!!! pic.twitter.com/vlT0HOohwr
— Sun Devil Swim/Diving (@ASUSwimDive) March 24, 2022
-Twice FINA world champion in the 200 IM and 400 IM. His time of 4:04.28 in the 400 IM is a European record and good for the second fastest performance ever
-Broke the French record in the 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships to win silver at 1:53.37
-Broke the French record for the 200 individual medley at the FINA World Championships with his time of 1:55.22
-Named the swimmer of the competition at the 2022 FINA World Championships
-Broke the French record for the 200m breaststroke at the Spanish Championships in July 2022 with his time of 2:08.76, marking his fourth national record of the summer (200 IM, 400 IM and 200 butterfly)
-Won the 200m butterfly at the TYR Pro Swim Series in June (San Antonio), with a time of 1:56.54
-Competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer of 2021 in the 200 IM and 400 IM
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— Sun Devil Swim/Diving (@ASUSwimDive) June 29, 2022
WHAT THEY SAY
The head coach Bob Bowman(via Arizona Republic): “He’s got exceptional talent, that’s one thing. But what he also has is a work ethic and there’s not a single thing I’ve asked to do that he balks at and he wants to do more. He wants to improve every time he swims and he’s open to that. That’s what’s going to drive him forward and that’s why he’s special.
Sun Devil Teammate John Heaphy (via The State Press): “I mean, he’s a pro in every sense of the word. He doesn’t complain and works hard every day…I knew he was going to go fast [at NCAAs] but I didn’t think he was going to break the American record. In fact, I have no words for this performance. Everyone was losing their minds. It’s hard not to be happy for him; the kid is amazing.”
Ben Dornan, (via SwimSwam): “Léon Marchand was the man of the competition thanks to his double gold and triple gold medal at the 2022 World Championships. Without the legendary Michael Phelps, Marchand would have had the one of the most impressive swims in history when he posted a 4:04.28 400 IM… In just two years, Marchand will likely be swimming this event in front of a home crowd at the 2024 Paris Olympics.”
David Rieder (via SwimmingWorld): “The title of best medley in the world officially belongs to Frenchman Léon Marchand.”
Matthew DeGeorge (via SwimmingWorld): “I’m going to encourage you to learn the name of Léon Marchand. You’re going to hear it a lot in Paris in 2024.”
SUN DEVILS AT HOME IN 2022-23
-Maroon & Gold Meet (Friday September 23, 2 p.m.)
-versus. Wisconsin (Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m.)
-versus. Washington State (Saturday, Jan. 14, TBD, women’s team only)
-versus. Stanford (Friday, January 20, 2 p.m.)
-versus. Cal (Saturday, January 21, TBD)
-versus. Arizona (Saturday, February 4, 1 p.m.)
Follow the Sun Devils ahead of their highly anticipated 2022-23 campaign via the team’s Twitter account, @ASUSwimDive.