2018 W. NCAAs: Ella Eastin Shatters 200IM American Record


Despite trailing Cal’s Kathleen Baker by over half a second after the breaststroke leg, Stanford’s Ella Eastin came back to win the 200 IM in American record fashion.

Eastin split 24.59/27.45/32.28/26.35 for a final time of 1:50.67, lowering her own American record by almost a full second.

Baker, who took second, split 24.23/27.33/32.09/27.60 en route to her 1:51.25, which was also under the previous American record.

Eastin was 1:24.32 at the 150-mark, while Baker was 1:23.65, meaning Eastin dominated the last 50. However, her free split was actually .11 off her previous record pace. In order to keep herself well under record pace, Eastin dropped her fly split by .22 and breast split by .18.

Ella Eastin (2018 NCAAs)  24.59  27.45  32.28  26.35  1:50.67
Ella Eastin (2016 NCAAs) 24.81 27.38 32.53 26.24 1:51.65

Top 10 All-Time Performances: Women’s 200 IM

  1. Ella Eastin, 1:50.67, 2018
  2. Kathleen Baker, 1:51.25, 2018
  3. Ella Eastin, 1:51.65, 2016
  4. Kathleen Baker, 1:51.69, 2017
  5. Caitlin Leverenz, 1:51.77, 2012
  6. Katinka Hosszu, 1:51.80, 2012
  7. Missy Franklin, 1:52.11, 2015
  8. Ella Eastin, 1:52.27, 2017
  9. Julia Smit, 1:52.31, 2010
  10. Ella Eastin, 1:52.34, 2017

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It doesn’t make sense the time drop only fly and breast doesn’t account for almost 1 second drop. Am I missing something?


She went 26.94 on the free leg in 2016


Ah, no wonder..So 26.24 free in 2016 isn’t correct. Make more sense. Her freestyle looked really goid..Thanks much.

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Congrats to Ella Eastin! Phenomenal swim. Both her and Kathleen’s splits were very solid throughout, especially Ella’s free split, but does anyone know how Bethany Galat’s breaststroke split (31.55) compares to best all time splits? It’s seems kinda ridiculous, considering Lilly King was only a 32.4.


Fastest breast split in recent history anyway…can’t find one faster at least through 2011. 31.55 is very quick.


I think Leverenz was 31.7 or something like that.


I can’t wait for Galat’s 200 breaststroke! She crushed her PB in the 200 IM and she probably has a lot more confidence after her silver medal from Worlds. I don’t think she has the speed to challenge King SCY but I could see her with a 2:04.

Double Arm Freestyle

Her previous record splits were 24.81/27.38/32.52/26.94 she was .6 faster on the free

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