Arizona State Men, Georgia Women Split Opening Duals; Ilya Kharun Sets 100 Fly Record; Leon Marchand Dazzles

Ilya Kharun of Canada competes in the 200m Butterfly Men Heats during the 20th World Aquatics Championships at the Marine Messe Hall A in Fukuoka (Japan), July 25th, 2023.
Ilya Kharun; Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Arizona State Men, Georgia Women Split Opening Duals; Ilya Kharun Sets 100 Fly Record

Arizona State’s men’s team and Georgia’s women picked up wins in a set of meets Friday and Saturday in Tempe.

Friday brought a long-course meet, the Sun Devils winning the men’s competition 89.5-49.5 and the Bulldogs taking the women’s meet, 87-48. Arizona State won the standard short-course yards dual on Saturday, 183-117, while Georgia did the same in the women’s, 184-111.

Pac-12 Swimming News

SEC Swimming News

In the men’s competition, Arizona State set down a very fast 400 medley relay of Hubert Kos, Leon Marchand, Ilya Kharun and Patrick Sammon in 3:34.37. Kos went 54.29 off the front, with Marchand at 59.90, Kharun at 51.58 and Sammon 48.60. Jack Dolan and Jonny Kulow were on the second-place team that went 3:39.39, with Dolan going 55.24. (Kulow’s split was not recorded officially.)

Marchand went 1:57.76 in the 200 IM and 1:36.12 in a 150-meter breaststroke. Kulow clocked in at 22.27 in the 50 free. Kharun went 1:24.52 in the 150-meter butterfly, three seconds ahead of teammate Alexander Colson. Kos won the 150-meter backstroke in 1:26.55, edging Georgia’s Ian Grum by four tenths.

Georgia’s Jake Magahey won a 500-meter freestyle in 4:58.05, with Daniel Matheson of ASU second. Maghaey finished second in the 150-meter free, behind Sammon’s 1:18.60.

Arizona State won three of four relays on the opening day, with Dolan, John Heaphy, Kharun and Cam Peel (22.46) going 1:39.35 in the 200 medley.

Georgia won the 200 free relay, despite Kulow splitting 21.72 on the second leg. Georgia went 1:29.71, aided by Reese Branzell’s 21.81, to edge ASU’s 1:30.00.

On the women’s side Friday:

Georgia won all four relays contested, the most scintillating the 400 free to cap the day. Georgia won in 3:45.43, the team of Jillian Barczyk, Helena Jones, Dune Coetzee and Sloane Reinstein edged ASU by .08 seconds. Reinstein brought it home in 55.30 to outduel the 55.69 of Ieva Maluka.

Rachel Stege won the 500 free in 5:18.95 and edged Barczyk by .01 to claim the 150 free in 1:29.81. Zoie Hartman and Maluka went 1-2 in the 200 IM, the former winning in 2:14.98, and Bri Roberson and Jones pulled a 1-2 in the 50 free. Hartman also won the 150 breast.

Charli Brown won the 150 back in 1:39.30, and Lindsay Looney’s time of 1:36.49 claimed the 150 fly.

In his first yards meet as a Sun Devil, Kharun promptly rewrote the school record in the 100 fly. The Canadian international went 44.88; it downed the 20222 time of 45.01 set by Max McCusker. Colson, now third on that list, finished second in 47.38. Kharun had won the 200 fly in 1:40.68, the sixth-fastest time in ASU history.

Marchand did his usual 3-for-3 bit. He won the 100 breast in 53.29, the 200 breast in 1:54.39 and the 200 IM in 1:42.35. Teammate Andy Dobrzanski was second in the 100 in 54.05 and third in the 200.

In the IM, he edged Kos, who didn’t end up with a win. The reigning World champion in the 200 back went 1:41.38 but was edged by .13 by Grum. Kos was fourth in the 100 back, won by Bradley Dunham.

ASU romped in both relays. Dolan, Marchand, Kharun (19.51) and Kulow (18.59) ripped a 1:22.79 in the 200 medley. The 400 free of Dolan, Kulow (41.37), Sammon and Kharun (41.93) went 2:48.49.

Sammon led a 1-2-3 in the 200 free in 1:34.96. Dolan bested Kulow in the 50 free, 19.16 to 19.31, only for Kulow to turn the tables in the 100 free by .23 seconds in 42.73.

Arizona State didn’t have it all their way. Sam Powe won the 1,000 free in 9:06.93, edging out Magahey, who then won the 500 in 4:19.82, ahead of Dunham.

Georgia’s women’s team started fast with podium sweeps in the first two freestyle events and never looked back. Coetzee edged Stege in the 1,000 with a time of 9:35.69. Reinstein led the back in 1:46.35 in the 200, edging Jones by .08.

Reinstein (49.49), Eboni McCarty (49.61) and Roberson (49.81) scored the top three places in the 100 free for the Bulldogs. Jones went 22.68 in the 50 in a 1-2 with Roberson. Stege’s 4:41.31 in the 500 free led Abby McCulloh and Coetzee in a rehash of the 1,000 free podium. No points for guessing that Georgia did well in the 400 free, the exhibitioned A squad going 3:16.20 (McCarty, Shea Furse, Jones, Reinstein).

McCarthy, Hartman, Emma Norton and Jones won the 200 medley in 1:38.77. Hartman won the 100 breast in 1:01.13 and the 200 breast in 2:11.67. She added the fastest time in the 200 IM in 1:57.81.

Millie Sansome claimed the 200 back in 1:57.23 for Georgia. Norton’s 54.03 edged Looney in the 100 fly by .11 seconds, denying the 200 fly champ (1:56.84) a second win.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x