2018 WOMEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 14- Saturday, March 17
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
- Defending champion: Stanford (1x) (results)
- Psych Sheet
- Championship Central
The back-and-forth between Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin over the last two years has been epic, with Ledecky first setting the American record in 3:57.68 at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. Eastin quickly countered that with a 3:57.57 at the 2017 NCAA Championships, and Ledecky dropped the mark to 3:56.53 last month at Pac-12s.
Friday, Ella Eastin obliterated the record, going 3:54.60. She split 54.80/58.75/1:06.57/54.58, taking a slight lead after backstroke and never looking back. Her previous best was 3:57 57.
Katie Ledecky took second, splitting 54.55/59.58/1:09.99/54.17 for a final time of 3:58.29 — the 10th fastest swim of all-time, knocking Elizabeth Beisel off the list. Sydney Pickrem took 3rd in 3:59.05, remaining the #8 performer of all time. Stanford’s Brook Forde took 4th in 3:59.34, becoming the #9 performer of all time. Five of the top nine performers are from Stanford.
Eastin, who already set the 200 IM American record Thursday (1:50.67), bests Ledecky’s previous mark by nearly two seconds, becoming the #1 performer of all time. She is the only woman to break 3:56 or 3:55.
|Swimmer||100 Fly Split||100 Back Split||100 Breast Split||100 Free Split||Final Time|
|Ella Eastin (2018 NCAAs)||54.8||58.75||1:06.57||54.58||3:54.60|
|Katie Ledecky (2017 Pac-12s)||54.75||59.29||1:09.43||53.06||3:56.53|
Top 10 All-Time Performances: Women’s 400 IM
- Ella Eastin 3:54.60
- Katie Ledecky 3:56.53
- Katinka Hosszu 3:56.54
- Ella Eastin 3:57.32
- Ella Eastin 3:57.57
- Katie Ledecky 3:57.68
- Caitlin Leverenz 3:57.89
- Maya DiRado 3:58.12
- Julia Smith 3:58.23
- Katie Ledecky 3:58.29