Ella Eastin Gets Junior National Meet Record in 200 IM

Photo Courtesy: Donna Nelson

Ella Eastin started night five of the USA Swimming Summer Junior Nationals off right by taking down Missy Franklin‘s 200 IM meet record in the A final. Her time of 2:12.32 bested Franklin’s mark of 2:12.73. Eastin lead the race from start to finish. Her breaststroke split is what set her apart from the rest of the heat, as well as Franklin’s 2009 swim.

Eastin’s Splits: 28.53, 32.99, 38.93, 31.87

Franklin’s Splits (2009): 28.74, 32.88, 39.63, 31.48

Eastin’s race also tied the World Junior Record Ruta Meilutyte set in 2013. However, Shiwen Ye of China went 2:11.39 this morning in Kazan at the World Championships, so Eastin was slightly off the record mark.

Eastin was followed by Kim Williams in 2:15.31 and Miranda Tucker in 2:16.92. Regan Barney (2:17.01), Makayla Sargent (2:17.54) and Dannie Dilsaver (2:18.53) rounded out the heat. Both Katie Drabot and Evie Pfeifer were disqualified in the A final.

Triangle’s Julia Poole got a best time and an Olympic Trials cut in the B final of this event. Her 39.0 breaststroke split surged her ahead of the field. She won the heat in 2:17.54. Nashville Aquatic’s Alex Walsh made another statement on night 5, claiming the C final in 2:15.84. This gets her an Olympic Trials cut, and the third fastest time ever in this event for 13-14 year olds.