Fallon finishes second in nation at NCAA Championships

The third-year swimmer set a new school record in the 200-yard breaststroke and was awarded First-Team All-American honors.

Matt Fallon slaps hands with a competitor after a race.
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Matthew Fallon, a third-year swimmer on the men’s swimming and diving team, placed second in the country in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday at the NCAA Championships held at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. His time of 1:48.48 set a new school record in the event. Third-year Léon Marchand of Arizona State University finished first with a time of 1:46.35. Fallon earned First-Team All-American recognition for his performance.

From Warren, New Jersey, Fallon competed in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke at the Championships. On Friday, he finished tied for 18th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 51.92. He missed out on the final alternate spot via coin flip; third-year Jack Kelly of Brown won the toss and advanced.

Matt Fallon performs the breaststroke during a meet.
Image: Penn Athletics

This year’s NCAAs were Fallon’s second in three years. As a first-year in 2021-22, he qualified for the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and finished third in the 200 with a time of 1:49.16. Last season, he qualified for the Championships in the 200 but did not compete because of injury.

At the Ivy League Championships in early March, Fallon won gold in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:49.75, a new Ivy meet record, and was awarded First-Team All-Ivy honors. He also won the event in 2022, making him one of only nine Quakers in program history to win two or more Ivy titles.

In June, Fallon will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. If he earns a spot on the U.S. National Team, he will take part in the July Olympic Games in Paris.