2019 W. NCAAs: Beata Nelson Drops 2nd-Fastest 200 IM in History

2019 WOMEN’S DIVISION I NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson pulled off a stunning performance Thursday night to upset reigning American record holder Ella Eastin in the 200 IM and win her first title of the 2019 Women’s Division I NCAA Championships.

Nelson, known primarily as a backstroker, split 23.94 / 27.67 / 32.33 / 26.85 for a final time of 1:50.79. Eastin went 1:51.81, splitting 24.60 / 27.07 / 32.60 / 27.54. Nelson’s best time before Thursday night was 1:52.27, swum last month at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. As of the start of February, she had never broken 1:53.

Eastin’s American record, swum at this meet last year, is 1:50.67. Nelson is just the second swimmer ever to break 1:51.

Top 10 Performers of All Time: Women’s SCY 200 IM

Place Swimmer Time
1 Ella Eastin 1:50.67
2 Beata Nelson 1:50.79
3 Kathleen Baker 1:51.25
4 Meghan Small 1:51.62
5 Sydney Pickrem 1:51.66
6 Caitlin Leverenz 1:51.77
7 Katinka Hosszu 1:51.80
8 Missy Franklin 1:52.11
9 Louise Hansson 1:52.14
10 Julia Smit 1:52.31

In This Story

12
Leave a Reply

6 Comment threads
6 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
12 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
ace

I dont think anyone expected this!

Phil McDade

Some of us did…

urahrah

This is the potential every Wisconsin fan was salivating over when she signed.

MY5SWIM

I did!

marklewis

It was an awesome swim. She started out strong and then stayed in front of Eastin, who was straining to catch her. She was pulling away at the end.

She’ll have some other tight races in the 100 back and 200 back. She might win 3 NCAA titles this year.

samuel huntington

She could end up being swimmer of the meet too

WISCO FOREVER

Great to see a swimmer from a team other than the “New England Patriots of swimming” win an event in the big dance! Go Ms. Nelson and Wisconsin! No astonishment to Badger faithful in Beata’s accomplishment. Hope to see 2 more! On Wisconsin!!!!!

Badger Swammom

ON WISCONSIN!🙌

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!