Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
While Stanford was heavily favored to win this year’s NCAA Championships, almost all of the pre-meet chatter stretching back years to recruiting seasons was about the Olympian duo of Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel.
Who would have expected they’d both be overshadowed by a teammate?
Ella Eastin had the finest meet of any swimmer at the 2018 NCAA Championships, breaking 2 American records, winning three individual events and two relays. Over the course of three days, Eastin beat a number of swimming elite – most notably in her 400 IM.
In that race, Eastin beat Ledecky – widely considered the world’s best swimmer – head-to-head by a massive 3.6-second margin. She also broke Ledecky’s American record and for the first time surpassed Katinka Hosszu‘s former all-time best time. Make that two of the world’s best swimmers overshadowed by Eastin.
As an added bonus, in the 200 IM, Eastin beat Olympian and reigning NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kathleen Baker by half a second while breaking her own American record and becoming the first woman under 1:51. Eastin would also win the 200 fly and swim key legs of the winning 800 free relay (1:41.1 split) and 400 free relay (47.1 split).
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