Melanie Margalis Edges Eastin, Ledecky for 400 IM Victory at Indy PSS

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Melanie Margalis trailed Ella Eastin for most of the women’s 400 IM at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis, but she took over the lead on the first 50 meters of freestyle. Margalis, representing St. Petersburg, pulled away to touch in 4:36.81, her best time by seven tenths of a second.

Eastin took second in 4:38.43, which was officially her first time ever under 4:39. She posted a 4:36.96 to finish second in the event at last year’s U.S. Nationals but was disqualified. Eastin’s Stanford teammate Katie Ledecky took third in 4:38.88.

Athens Bulldog’s Hali Flickinger touched fourth in 4:40.36 after leading much of the race’s first half. Just behind was Penn State’s Ally McHugh in 4:40.51, followed by Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen (4:43.32) and Stanford teammates Allie Szekely (4:43.82) and Brooke Forde (4:44.10).

Leah Smith, last year’s U.S. National champion, won the B-final in 4:43.10, followed by Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat in 4:43.88.