Female NCAA Performance of the Year: Ella Eastin’s 400 IM

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Swimming World’s Female NCAA Performance of the Year goes to Stanford’s Ella Eastin for her dominating performance in the 400-yard IM.

Eastin crushed the American and NCAA records in the 200 and 400 IM as the junior has won a total of seven individual NCAA titles in her three years.

The 200 IM was great, but the 400 IM was stunning.

Original race report:

Stanford junior Ella Eastin destroyed all the records in the 400 IM on Friday night at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Eastin led from the start and swam a monster 3:54.60 in the 400 IM final to break Katie Ledecky’s NCAA and American Record of 3:56.53.

Eastin was one of three Stanford swimmers in the final as she went 1-2-4 with Ledecky (3:58.29) and Brooke Forde (3:59.34).

Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem broke up the Stanford party and finished third with a 3:59.05 in the final.

Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (4:02.19), Missouri’s Sharli Brady (4:04.12), Ohio State’s Meg Bailey (4:04.26) and Cal’s Sarah Darcel (4:04.44) also swam in the championship final.

This is Eastin’s third straight NCAA title in the 400 IM and Stanford’s eleventh overall. Eastin joins Tracy Caulkins (1982-1984), Maggie Bowen (2001-2003) and fellow Cardinal Julia Smit (2008-2010) as three time winners in the event.

Eastin also joins Michelle Griglione (1989), Janet Evans (1990), Summer Sanders (1991, 1992), Smit and Maya DiRado (2014) as winners for the Cardinal.

Event 8  Women 400 Yard IM
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         NCAA: N 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     American: A 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 3:56.53  2/23/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         Meet: C 3:56.54  3/17/2012 Katinka Hosszu, Southern Cal
         Pool: P 4:00.03  12/2/2010 Katinka Hosszu, Southern Calif
                 4:04.70  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 4:19.39  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ella Eastin      JR Stanford          4:01.49    3:54.60N        20  
    r:+0.70  25.78        54.80 (29.02)
        1:24.65 (29.85)     1:53.55 (28.90)
        2:26.90 (33.35)     3:00.12 (33.22)
        3:27.34 (27.22)     3:54.60 (27.26)
  2 Katie Ledecky    SO Stanford          4:01.72    3:58.29P        17  
    r:+0.69  25.90        54.55 (28.65)
        1:24.76 (30.21)     1:54.13 (29.37)
        2:28.98 (34.85)     3:04.12 (35.14)
        3:31.77 (27.65)     3:58.29 (26.52)
  3 Sydney Pickrem   JR TAMU              4:03.09    3:59.05P        16  
    r:+0.71  26.02        56.03 (30.01)
        1:26.20 (30.17)     1:56.13 (29.93)
        2:29.83 (33.70)     3:03.75 (33.92)
        3:32.18 (28.43)     3:59.05 (26.87)
  4 Brooke Forde     FR Stanford          4:04.95    3:59.34P        15  
    r:+0.69  26.01        55.69 (29.68)
        1:26.85 (31.16)     1:57.31 (30.46)
        2:30.63 (33.32)     3:04.52 (33.89)
        3:32.29 (27.77)     3:59.34 (27.05)
  5 Bethany Galat    SR TAMU              4:04.98    4:02.19         14  
    r:+0.59  25.57        54.64 (29.07)
        1:26.53 (31.89)     1:57.33 (30.80)
        2:30.45 (33.12)     3:04.33 (33.88)
        3:33.80 (29.47)     4:02.19 (28.39)
  6 Sharli Brady     SR Missouri          4:04.96    4:04.12         13  
    r:+0.77  26.27        55.69 (29.42)
        1:26.71 (31.02)     1:57.15 (30.44)
        2:31.81 (34.66)     3:06.98 (35.17)
        3:36.02 (29.04)     4:04.12 (28.10)
  7 Meg Bailey       SR OSU               4:03.96    4:04.26         12  
    r:+0.75  25.94        55.81 (29.87)
        1:27.10 (31.29)     1:57.36 (30.26)
        2:31.70 (34.34)     3:07.04 (35.34)
        3:36.44 (29.40)     4:04.26 (27.82)
  8 Sarah Darcel     FR California        4:05.09    4:04.44         11  
    r:+0.62  25.56        55.14 (29.58)
        1:26.22 (31.08)     1:56.69 (30.47)
        2:31.57 (34.88)     3:06.76 (35.19)
        3:35.88 (29.12)     4:04.44 (28.56)

2 comments

  1. Charlene Tallen

    Truly a race of the titans! Respect ✊🏻