Ella Eastin Sweeps IMs With 3:58 in 400 IM at NCAAs

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Stanford’s Ella Eastin picked up her second title of the meet after setting the NCAA and American record in the 200-yard IM as she crushed the field in the women’s 400-yard IM at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Eastin vaulted to sixth in the all time performers rankings with a 3:58.40.  That’s the sixth-fastest time ever in the event’s history.  Eastin was able to take a run at the NCAA and American records through 200 yards, but did not quite have the back half to match the top two swimmers of Katinka Hosszu and Caitlin Leverenz.

All Time 400 IM Performers:

1 3:56.54 Katinka Hosszu USC 3/15/12
2 3:57.89 Caitlin Leverenz California 3/15/12
3 3:58.12 Maya DiRado Stanford 3/20/14
4 3:58.23 Julia Smit Stanford Long Beach 2/26/10
5 3:58.35 Elizabeth Beisel Florida Knoxville. 2/15/12
6 3:58.40 Ella Eastin Stanford 3/18/16
7 3:59.85 Melanie Margalis Georgia 2/18/14
8 4:00.62 Dagny Knutson Minot Atlanta, Ga. 12/5/08
9 4:00.66 Katie Hoff NBAC Annapolis, Md. 12/8/07
10 4:01.41 Allysa Vavra Indiana 2/15/12

Eastin absolutely dominated the event, winning by 5.21 seconds.  While that’s impressive, it didn’t come close to the NCAA record in the event set by former Stanford swimmer Summer Sanders in 1992.  Sanders beat Erika Hansen of Texas by 8.32 seconds (4:02.28-4:10.60) that year.

Eastin pushed Stanford’s NCAA-record wins in the event to nine.

Previous Stanford Winners:

1989 Michelle Griglione, Stanford, 4:12.29
1990 Janet Evans, Stanford, 4:07.59
1991 Summer Sanders, Stanford, 4:05.19
1992 Summer Sanders, Stanford, 4:02.28
2008 Julia Smit, Stanford, 4:02.41
2009 Julia Smit, Stanford, 4:00.56
2010 Julia Smit, Stanford, 4:00.90
2014 Maya DiRado, Stanford 3:58.12

Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary powered her way to second overall with a time of 4:03.61, while Georgia’s Emily Cameron took third in 4:03.66.

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem (4:04.26), Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (4:05.17), Minnesota’s Brooke Zeiger (4:05.38),  Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton (4:07.93) and Kansas’ Chelsie Miller (4:08.69) also swam in the finale.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Eastin, Ella     FR Stanford          4:03.28    3:58.40P        20  
    r:+0.72  25.71        54.84 (29.13)
        1:25.07 (30.23)     1:54.95 (29.88)
        2:28.88 (33.93)     3:03.14 (34.26)
        3:31.38 (28.24)     3:58.40 (27.02)
  2 Clary, Lindsey   JR Ohio St           4:05.71    4:03.61         17  
    r:+0.79  27.13        57.58 (30.45)
        1:28.88 (31.30)     1:58.98 (30.10)
        2:33.52 (34.54)     3:08.24 (34.72)
        3:36.39 (28.15)     4:03.61 (27.22)
  3 Cameron, Emily   JR Georgia           4:07.22    4:03.66         16  
    r:+0.70  26.47        56.46 (29.99)
        1:28.69 (32.23)     2:00.17 (31.48)
        2:34.28 (34.11)     3:08.27 (33.99)
        3:36.58 (28.31)     4:03.66 (27.08)
  4 Pickrem, Sydney  FR Tex AM            4:05.61    4:04.26         15  
    r:+0.75  27.00        57.32 (30.32)
        1:28.45 (31.13)     1:58.89 (30.44)
        2:33.56 (34.67)     3:08.16 (34.60)
        3:37.09 (28.93)     4:04.26 (27.17)
  5 Galat, Bethany   SO Tex AM            4:05.41    4:05.17         14  
    r:+0.58  26.04        55.95 (29.91)
        1:28.42 (32.47)     1:59.67 (31.25)
        2:33.65 (33.98)     3:07.80 (34.15)
        3:36.98 (29.18)     4:05.17 (28.19)
  6 Zeiger, Brooke   SO Minnesota         4:05.74    4:05.38         13  
    r:+0.79  27.51        57.94 (30.43)
        1:28.49 (30.55)     1:58.51 (30.02)
        2:33.24 (34.73)     3:08.46 (35.22)
        3:37.52 (29.06)     4:05.38 (27.86)
  7 Bratton, Lisa    SO Tex AM            4:07.50    4:07.93         12  
    r:+0.73  26.98        57.45 (30.47)
        1:28.40 (30.95)     1:58.83 (30.43)
        2:34.33 (35.50)     3:10.21 (35.88)
        3:39.52 (29.31)     4:07.93 (28.41)
  8 Miller, Chelsie  SR Kansas            4:07.60    4:08.69         11  
    r:+0.72  26.34        56.26 (29.92)
        1:28.17 (31.91)     1:59.70 (31.53)
        2:35.16 (35.46)     3:10.95 (35.79)
        3:40.29 (29.34)     4:08.69 (28.40)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Cox, Madisyn     JR Texas             4:07.84    4:05.78          9  
    r:+0.79  26.05        55.98 (29.93)
        1:27.36 (31.38)     1:58.07 (30.71)
        2:32.62 (34.55)     3:08.15 (35.53)
        3:37.27 (29.12)     4:05.78 (28.51)
 10 Andison, Bailey  FR Denver            4:08.02    4:06.91          7  
    r:+0.81  26.23        56.52 (30.29)
        1:29.20 (32.68)     2:01.16 (31.96)
        2:35.95 (34.79)     3:11.10 (35.15)
        3:40.24 (29.14)     4:06.91 (26.67)
 11 Naze, Kelly      SR California        4:07.71    4:07.29          6  
    r:+0.84  25.37        54.89 (29.52)
        1:26.93 (32.04)     1:57.52 (30.59)
        2:33.54 (36.02)     3:10.15 (36.61)
        3:39.33 (29.18)     4:07.29 (27.96)
 12 Nonnenberg, Mia  SO Alabama           4:08.20    4:08.02          5  
    r:+0.68  26.49        56.39 (29.90)
        1:27.44 (31.05)     1:57.48 (30.04)
        2:33.93 (36.45)     3:10.46 (36.53)
        3:39.41 (28.95)     4:08.02 (28.61)
 13 Carner, Amanda   SR Tennessee         4:08.79    4:08.24          4  
    r:+0.76  27.01        57.77 (30.76)
        1:29.28 (31.51)     2:00.24 (30.96)
        2:35.96 (35.72)     3:12.02 (36.06)
        3:40.79 (28.77)     4:08.24 (27.45)
 14 Zhu, Annie       SR Georgia           4:09.16    4:08.48          3  
    r:+0.77  26.48        56.46 (29.98)
        1:28.71 (32.25)     2:00.62 (31.91)
        2:35.59 (34.97)     3:10.54 (34.95)
        3:40.34 (29.80)     4:08.48 (28.14)
 15 Driscoll, Laure  SR Tennessee         4:08.05    4:08.68          2  
    r:+0.80  27.16        57.83 (30.67)
        1:29.53 (31.70)     2:00.40 (30.87)
        2:36.16 (35.76)     3:12.15 (35.99)
        3:41.15 (29.00)     4:08.68 (27.53)
 16 Moore, Hannah    SO NC State          4:08.87    4:08.78          1  
    r:+0.77  27.04        57.29 (30.25)
        1:28.54 (31.25)     1:59.23 (30.69)
        2:35.75 (36.52)     3:12.52 (36.77)
        3:41.39 (28.87)     4:08.78 (27.39)
                 Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 8                 
 
  1. Georgia                           193   2. Texas A&M                       151.5
  3. California                      150.5   4. Stanford                          130
  5. Southern Cali                   121.5   6. Virginia                          118
  7. Louisville                         94   8. Arizona                            71
  9. NC State                           67  10. Indiana                            66
 11. Tennessee                          60  12. Ohio St                            59
 13. Michigan                           54  14. Texas                              48
 15. Missouri                           40  16. UCLA                               37
 17. Nevada                             29  18. Wisconsin                          25
 19. UNC                                22  20. Florida                          19.5
 21. South Carolina                     17  22. Miami University (Ohio)            16
 23. Minnesota                          15  24. Alabama                            13
 25. Kansas                             11  26. Kentucky                           10
 26. Denver                             10  28. Purdue                              8
 29. University of Nebraska-Lincoln      7  30. Penn St                             6
 30. Virginia Tech                       6  32. University of Hawaii (W)            4
 32. Air Force (W)                       4

3 comments

  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Clary? That name sure sounds familiar. Wasn’t there a “Clary” who did something @ the London Olympics?. Can’t for the life of me remember what it was but I think that guy swam collegiately for Michigan St. or Eastern Michigan or some such school (Michigan?) but this Clary’s a Buckeye so I am sure they are not related.

    • avatar
      Cynthia mae Curran

      They are brother and sister.