Marchand wins twice, pair of divers debut as Sun Devils fail Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. – The nation’s fastest 200 IMer in Leon Marchand certainly played the role Friday afternoon at Stanford, as the highly decorated Sun Devils rookie picked up victories in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke despite the fall of the men’s and feminine in front of the Cardinal.

The Cardinal went after it early and often, forcing the Sun Devils to play catch-up all afternoon, as the No. 6 men’s team (0-2) beat the No. 11 Cardinal 184-93 ; the women’s team (2-2) edged, 160-90, the No. 4 Cardinal.

The Cardinal took victories in the first four races of the afternoon, before Erica Laning and Grant House earned back-to-back Sun Devil victories in the women’s and men’s 200 freestyles.

The Cardinal went on to win five straight runs, and seven of eight, to rack up a handful of points too heavy for the Sun Devils to bear.

A pair of Sun Devil divers made their debut against the Cardinal, becoming the top two in the Mark Briggs time. It’s the first time the Sun Devils have participated in the diving portion of the competition since the spring of 2020.

In the men’s 1 meter dive, Zachory Lundgren, a transfer from the University of Hawaii, scored 297.23 and Thomas Weche, a Grand Canyon transfer, totaled 294.75.

On the 3-metre dive, Lundgren scored 334.80 and Wesche 314.10. In both events, the two Sun Devils placed fourth and fifth respectively.

With Marchand, the Sun Devils put on a handful of impressive individual performances. Jade Foelske was second in the 100 and 200 butterfly at 54.66 and 1:58.71, respectively.

Erica Laning won the women’s 200 freestyle, hitting the wall at 1:47.58 and passing Stanford’s 2020 Olympic silver medalist Brooke Forde, who finished at 1:47.71.

Grant House tallied wins in the 200m freestyle (1:34.63) and 400m freestyle relay (2:53.84), joined alongside Carter Swift, Evan Carlson and Jack Dolan. With a pair of wins today, House and Marchand have now won multiple events in each of the first three meetings of the season.

Alex Colson won the 200m butterfly (1:46.76), marking his second win of the season and the first time in his college career that he has won the event.

Erin Milligan added second places in the 100 freestyle (51.55), already the fourth time she has reached the podium in an individual race in her first season.

At Ethan Luc’s A 20.24 effort in the 50 free earned him a second-place finish, the San Jose native’s first time on the podium this season.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Sun Devils, who will hit the road to visit the No. 2/7 Cal Golden Bears tomorrow afternoon, with competition scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. MST.

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