Ella Eastin Smashes NCAA, American Record in 200 IM; Kathleen Baker Also Under

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Stanford continued its dominating meet at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a win and an American Record in the 200 IM by Stanford junior Ella Eastin. Eastin smashed her own NCAA and American Record with a 1:50.67. Eastin’s record was a 1:51.65 from the 2016 NCAA’s where she won as a freshman.

Cal junior and defending champion Kathleen Baker was second in the race and also under Eastin’s record at 1:51.25. Those two are both juniors and will be back next season for one more duel. They have traded wins the last two years and have been 1-2 three years in a row now.

Sydney Pickrem (1:52.35), Bethany Galat (1:53.17), Meghan Small (1:53.18), Beata Nelson (1:53.54), Asia Seidt (1:53.78) and Bailey Andison (1:55.22) also competed in the championship final.

The win is Stanford’s tenth in the event and most overall. Eastin joins Susie Rapp (1986), Janel Jorgensen (1990), Summer Sanders (1991, 1992), Jenny Thompson (1995), Julia Smit (2009, 2010) and Maya DiRado (2014) as winners for the Cardinal in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships.

 Event 4  Women 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
         NCAA: N 1:51.65  3/17/2016 Ella Eastin, Stanford
     American: A 1:51.65  3/17/2016 Ella Eastin, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 1:51.65  3/17/2016 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         Meet: C 1:51.65  3/17/2016 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         Pool: P 1:52.63  11/30/2017Melanie Margalis, Saint Petersburg
                 1:55.00  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 2:01.59  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ella Eastin      JR Stanford          1:53.74    1:50.67N        20  
    r:+0.70  24.59        52.04 (27.45)
        1:24.32 (32.28)     1:50.67 (26.35)
  2 Kathleen Baker   JR California        1:54.22    1:51.25N        17  
    r:+0.65  24.23        51.56 (27.33)
        1:23.65 (32.09)     1:51.25 (27.60)
  3 Sydney Pickrem   JR TAMU              1:53.48    1:52.35P        16  
    r:+0.72  25.22        53.28 (28.06)
        1:25.59 (32.31)     1:52.35 (26.76)
  4 Bethany Galat    SR TAMU              1:54.20    1:53.17         15  
    r:+0.60  24.70        54.32 (29.62)
        1:25.87 (31.55)     1:53.17 (27.30)
  5 Meghan Small     SO Tennessee         1:54.04    1:53.18         14  
    r:+0.74  24.67        52.88 (28.21)
        1:26.09 (33.21)     1:53.18 (27.09)
  6 Beata Nelson     SO Wisconsin         1:53.82    1:53.54         13  
    r:+0.73  24.88        53.47 (28.59)
        1:26.59 (33.12)     1:53.54 (26.95)
  7 Asia Seidt       SO Kentucky          1:54.78    1:53.78         12  
    r:+0.72  24.72        52.01 (27.29)
        1:26.35 (34.34)     1:53.78 (27.43)
  8 Bailey Andison   JR Denver            1:54.44    1:55.22         11  
    r:+0.62  25.19        54.45 (29.26)
        1:27.48 (33.03)     1:55.22 (27.74)
                 Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 4                 
 
  1. Stanford                          151   2. Michigan                           87
  3. California                         84   4. Tennessee                          76
  5. Virginia                           69   6. Texas                              63
  6. Louisville                         63   8. Texas A&M                          51
  9. Georgia                            39  10. Arizona                            30
 11. Kentucky                           24  11. Ohio St                            24
 13. Minnesota                          22  14. Wisconsin                          21
 15. Southern Cal                       20  16. NC State                           18
 17. Missouri                           15  18. UNC                                14
 18. Purdue                             14  20. Denver                             11
 21. Penn St                             9  22. South Carolina                      6
 22. UCLA                                6  24. Indiana                             5
 25. Auburn                              4  25. Alabama                             4
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