Laticia Transom Leads USC to Arizona State Sweep; Leon Marchand Impresses in ASU Debut

Laticia Transome and Marta Ciesla; Photo Courtesy: McKenna Ehrmantraut

Laticia Transom Leads USC to Arizona State Sweep; Leon Marchand Impresses in ASU Debut

Laticia Transom won three events and a relay as USC completed a weekend sweep of the Arizona schools by handling Arizona State on Saturday.

The Trojans women’s team trounced the Sun Devils, 280-90. The men won a much closer meet by a 155.5-138.5 margin.

Transom did the job in the sprints. The Australian Pac-12 champ won the 200 freestyle in 1:47.67. She added the crown in the 50 free in 23.04 seconds, just .05 up on teammate Marta Ciesla with Kaitlyn Dobler third. Transom again was ahead of Cielsa in the 100, this time with a 49.10 result that was more than 1.3 seconds quicker.

Transom also led off the Trojans’ winning 400 free relay, pairing with Ciesla, Dobler and Anicka Delgado. The latter three won the 200 medley relay with Calypso Sheridan leading off.

Delgado won the 100 butterfly and was third in the 200 free. Dobler won the 100 breast in a 1-2 with Isabelle Odgers, who then won the 200 breast in a 1-2 with Sheridan. Sheridan, in turn, won the 200 IM in 2:00.08, just ahead of Odgers.

Jade Hannah won the 100 backstroke in 53.98, leading a 1-2-3 finish with Caroline Famous and Aela Janvier. Hannah and Janvier each broke two minutes in a 1-2 finish in the 200 back. Marlene Kahler won the 500 free for the Trojans.

Things started strong for Arizona State, with Emma Nordin and Erica Laning taking the top two spots in the 1,000 free. Nordin was second in the 500 free, a spot ahead of Molly Batchelor, who finished second in the 200 free. In arguably the race of the day, Lindsay Looney bested Sheridan in the 200 fly, her time of 1:58.89 just .07 quicker than the Northwestern transfer.

On the men’s side, the teams split the events seven each, but USC had the superior depth. It started in breaststroke, where USC took the top four places at both distances. Trent Pellini won the 100 breast in 53.43 with teammate Ben Dillard second. Dillard led the parade in the 200 breast and was also second in the 200 IM.

Victor Johansson took home decisive wins in the 1,000 free (9:18.41) and 500 free (4:28.97). Nicola Miljenic (19.90) and Artem Selin (19.98) went 1-2 in the 50 free. Those two were the back half of the winning 200 medley relay behind Pellini and Evangelos Makrygiannis.

Arizona State got an impressive debut from Leon Marchand, the French Olympian swimming in his first college meet. He won all three of his individual events in fine fashion. He was quickest in the 200 fly in 1:43.76. He bested the field in the 200 back with a 1:44.62. And he was also quickest in the 200 IM with a 1:43.69.

Grant House was dominant again, winning the 200 free (1:34.52) and 100 free (43.33). The latter was a 1-2 with Carter Swift. The Sun Devils picked up big points in butterfly, with Alexander Colson leading a 1-2-3 in the 100. He won in 47.78, followed perfectly by Cody Bybee (47.79) and Evan Carlson (47.80). Colson was second to Marchand in the 200 fly. Jack Dolan won the 100 back and teamed with Swift, House (42.72) and Carlson to win the 400 free relay.

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    Please edit a correction to both the women’s score and the background comments on the Men’s meet. These are the swimming scores copied from the official swimming results:
    “Scores – Women
    Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 34
    1. Southern California, Universit 172 2. Asu 90
    Scores – Men
    Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 34
    1. Asu 138.5 2. Southern California, Universit 123.5”

    The actual final scoring on the women’s side was 208 -90 (not 280-90); on the men’s side the final score was as listed in the article (155.5 – 138.5) but did not come about because, as stated in the article, “… USC had the superior depth.” In fact, because ASU has no officially eligible divers at this instant, the Women and the Men each forfeited 32 points (9-4-3 =16 x 1M and 3M boards) in the team scoring. In strictly swim scoring, ASU’s MEN PREVAILED BY 15 POINTS. ASU has recently hired a new dive coach (Marc Briggs) and will have eligible divers competing no later than fall 2022. With inclusion of the forfeited diving scores, USC did officially win both men’s and women’s meets, but a notation of the forfeited points in each meet would more accurately reflect the nature of the competition between these PAC-12 foes.

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