2017 Women’s NCAAs Race Video: Ella Eastin Nabs 400 IM U.S. Record


Video via tamuswim Youtube. 

  1. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 3:57.57
  2. Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 3:59.36
  3. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 4:00.97

Stanford sophomore Ella Eastin defended her NCAA title tonight with an American record 3:57.57. Her swim tonight out-performed her Stanford teammate Katie Ledecky‘s American record mark 3:57.68 from Pac-12s last month.

Eastin got her edge by outsplitting Ledecky by about a second on each of the first three legs. With that much of an edge, she was able to overcome Ledecky’s huge 52.67 final split, even with her own 56.09 freestyle split.

A split comparison is below:

Fly- 55.18 Fly- 54.44
Back- 1:00.33 Back- 59.48
Breast- 1:09.50 Breast- 1:07.56
Free- 52.67 (3:57.68)  Free- 56.09 (3:57.57)

This swim is also the second-fastest performance in history, second only to Katinka Hosszu‘s 3:56.54 from 2012 NCAAs. You can see the top five swims below:

  1. Katinka Hosszu (2012): 3:56.54
  2. Ella Eastin (2017): 3:57.57
  3. Katie Ledecky (2017): 3:57.68
  4. Caitlin Leverenz (2012): 3:58.12
  5. Maya DiRado (2014): 3:58.12

Eastin won the event nearly two seconds over Sydney Pickrem of A&M, who became the eighth-fastest performer in history with her 3:59.36. Texas’s Madisyn Cox was third with 4:00.97.



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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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