2018 U.S. Nationals Day 3: Ella Eastin Scratches 400 IM


We’re just a couple hours away from the third session of prelims the 2018 U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California. This morning will include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 breast, and 50 back.

Stanford’s Ella Eastin, who is in recovery from coming down with mononucleosis, has scratched the 400 IM – she was the No. 4 seed. She swam the 200 fly Wednesday (but scratched the B-final), and scratched the 200 free Thursday. She had to sit out of training for the first two weeks of July entirely and was unsure if she would be able to swim at this meet at all. Eastin appears to be staking all her hopes of going to the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships or World University Games on Sunday’s 200 IM, where she is the No. 2 seed.

Other scratches in the women’s event include 14-year-old Claire Tuggle (No. 62 seed), who yesterday swam the second-fastest 13-14 200 free for an American ever, and Asia Seidt, the No. 29 seed.

In the men’s race, scratches include 16-year-old Carson Foster, the 13-seed, Stephen Holmquist (28-seed), and Michael Zarian (31-seed).

25-seed Pace Clark scratched the 100 fly, along with David Madej, Jack Levant, and Bowen Becker. Notably, No. 1 seed Caeleb Dressel is still listed in the race after no-showing the 200 free yesterday, and we’d expect him to swim (Florida has a history of scratching unannounced, and he likely just needed the rest).

16-seed Annie Lazor is the highest scratch in the 50 breast. No one in the top-24 scratched the men’s 50 breast, or either 50 back.


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4 years ago

Where’s the preview for prelims today? Isn’t it kind of late not to have been posted yet? Usually the Live Recap is posted by now, no?

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 years ago

I want a refund 🙂

4 years ago

Wish her the best, tough as nails.

Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

Well, I looked at the times in the 200 Im not easy since Baker and A Walsh have pretty good times. If you get at least 3rd your on the pan-pacs team at least.

Reply to  anonymous
4 years ago

She is in a tough spot. I think a WUGs or PanAm spot would be great and she can just take the rest of summer off.

Reply to  anonymous
4 years ago

Baker was a no show for the 50 back today. Maybe she’ll no show the 200 IM as well since she already has her Pan Pacs spot?

4 years ago

Surprised to see Prenot still the 400 IM heats. If he shows up to the blocks, interesting to see how he does.. been years since we saw him swim this, right?

Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

In his post race interview, he said he only has the 100 breast and 200IM left.

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