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One of the top young IMers in the nation, Stanford’s Ella Eastin was at a crossroads.
Since a 2013 season that saw her win Junior Nationals, Junior Worlds and set the Junior World Record benchmark time in the 400 IM, Eastin’s 400 IM improvement had slowed, with no best times in the event in either short course yards or long course meters for all of 2014.
But the time drop finally came 11 months into the year 2015. And when it hit, it hit hard.
At last weekend’s Art Adamson Invite, Eastin chopped a whopping four seconds off her lifetime-best to put up the NCAA’s leading time of 4:01.04 in the 400 yard IM. And not only is that time the best 400 IM swim in the NCAA this year, it’s actually a full second faster than Sarah Henry went in winning last year’s NCAA title.
Clearly, the move to The Farm has been a good one for Eastin, who also blasted a lifetime-best 1:53.3 in the 200 fly and was just a half-second off her personal best in the 200 IM.
This isn’t the first year Stanford has had a freshman sparkle at the Art Adamson Invite. Last year it was sprinter Simone Manuel who blew up at the team’s mid-season invite. She went on to win two individual NCAA titles and set a new American record in the 100 free.
If Eastin can follow that freshman season blueprint, Stanford – even with Manuel sitting out the year to prepare for Olympic Trials – could show up at NCAAs a scary, scary team.
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