Ella Eastin Becomes 10th Fastest 500 Freestyler In History


Ella Eastin opted to swim the 500 free at the Pac-12 Championships, a decision that certainly paid off for the NCAA champion. Eastin dropped stunning 4:32.89 to win the conference title tonight, establishing a new lifetime best, and becoming the 10th fastest women’s 500 freestyler ever. Additionally, Eastin is now leading the 500 nationally this year, which is a testament to her ability, because she won’t even be swimming the 500 at NCAAs.

Eastin has landed herself in the top 10 all-time, among a list of freestyle superstars. Here is the new list of all-time top 10 performers in the 500:

Rank Name Time
1 Katie Ledecky 4:24.06
2 Leah Smith 4:28.90
3 Katie Hoff 4:30.47
4 Dagny Knutson 4:31.18
5 Cierra Runge 4:31.90
6 Allison Schmitt 4:32.08
7 Brittany MacLean 4:32.53
8 Missy Franklin 4:32.66
9 Kate Ziegler 4:32.71
10 Ella Eastin 4:32.89

On top of the incredible time, Eastin also negative split the race. She posted a 2:17.05 on the first 250, and a 2:15.84 on the back half of the race, including a 53.81 on the final 100.

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1 year ago

Amazing Girl! We will miss you next year for sure.

tea rex
1 year ago

Great swim.

Interesting thing about that list: 3/10 went pro out of high school and another 2/10 went pro after sophomore year.

1 year ago

Wow. Excited for this 4IM at NCs