Ella Eastin, Bethany Galat DQ’d in 400 IM Final


It looked as though Leah Smith and Ella Eastin were set to compete in Budapest for the United States in the 400 IM after they finished 1-2, Smith at 4:33.86 and Eastin at 4:36.96.

It was announced shortly after, however, that Eastin had been disqualified for “swimming more than a quarter of the race in the style of backstroke.” We’ve heard that many times at this meet so far, and it’s been called the ‘Lochte Rule’ after Ryan Lochte did his kickouts for non-freestyle on his back, only to have FINA later rule that as illegal. Stanford’s Abrahm Devine was also called for this DQ this morning, after it looked like he had a spot in the 400 IM A final tonight.

It’s heartbreaking for Eastin, who finally beat her 2013 lifetime best of 4:38.97, and by over two seconds. This would’ve also been her first chance to compete for the USA at a long course World Championships.

Right after Eastin’s DQ announcement, it was announced that 8th place finisher Bethany Galat had also been called for the same reason. Boos could be heard from the crowd after both women were DQ’d.

With that, Elizabeth Beisel moves up to 2nd place with her 4:38.55, pretty much securing her spot on the 2017 Worlds team. That means Beisel has qualified for her sixth-straight World Championships.

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4 years ago

This is ridiculous! The replay clearly showed Eastin pushing off after the 350 turn and IMMEDIATELY making the turn towards her stomach.

IMs for days
Reply to  FLSwimmer
4 years ago

One kick on the back is all that was needed

Reply to  FLSwimmer
4 years ago

I wouldn’t call it immediate, you really need to be on your side when your feet leave the wall

4 years ago

This will surely be overturned

Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

I hope you are right!

Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

She did her best 200 meter fly and 400 meter I’m time, she has a good chance of getting second in the 200 meter I’m behind M Margalis as long as she avoids the same mistake.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

I doubt it’s gonna get overturned as they do a video replay to confirm the violation when an infraction is called.

4 years ago

WTF. That’s messed up. These guys and gals are world class swimmers. They aren’t making those silly mistakes even if the rule is stupid. When it becomes that consistent, something is wrong with the officiating.

4 years ago

Again. It’s not called evenly across the board. this call – like some others (like submerged backstroke finishes) can be judged unfairly because only certain officials will call them. There seems not to be very much consistency with them. That’s one of the things that makes these kind of calls so frustrating. It’s simply not called fairly

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3 years ago


4 years ago

I know that they have underwater cameras for reviews, and the officials working those meet are the most qualified officials you can get. The decision of DQ-ing somebody is never made lightly.

4 years ago

Absolutely ridiculous I never want to never swim and IM event again

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  swimmer
4 years ago

My thoughts exactly.

Reply to  swimmer
3 years ago

Absolutely ridiculous I never want to never swam and IM event again

4 years ago

This is ridiculous…. coming from an age group swimmer who has also been DQed for this “Lochte Rule” on a national level, I think at the smaller meets officials are neglecting to call this error which screws them over on the big scale.

4 years ago

Well that was completely unexpected… Shield/Conger both didnt make it

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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