(VIDEO INTERVIEW) Ella Eastin “Taking It All In” at Golden Goggles

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Photo Courtesy: Diana Pimer

Ella Eastin made her first appearance at Golden Goggles on Monday night in New York City as she is coming off a successful summer, where she made the Pan Pac team after fighting off mono earlier in the summer.

Eastin talked about her feelings about being at the awards show for the first time as well as what it meant to be nominated for the Perseverance Award, which eventually went to Micah Sumrall. Eastin also showed off her plus one, her sister Emily.

Eastin is currently in her senior year at Stanford, where she is the three-time reigning NCAA Champion in the 400 IM, as well as the reigning NCAA champ in the 200 IM and 200 fly.

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Ella with her sister, Emily; Photo Courtesy: Diana Pimer

Ella Eastin had a long, winding road to her first major long-course international roster. In 2017, she missed out on a trip to the FINA World Championships in Budapest following a disqualification in the 400m individual medley after an apparent runner-up finish. In 2018, Eastin came down with mononucleosis in the leadup to Phillips 66 Nationals and was forced to miss significant training time. Down to her last race in her hometown of Irvine, Eastin delivered a third-place finish in the 200m IM at Nationals to clinch a spot on the Pan Pacs roster. In Tokyo, she was the top American in the 200m IM, placing fourth.

Eastin’s 2018 highlights: