Ella Eastin Explains Record Breaking 400 IM at Junior Nationals – Feature Video

Many thanks to swimswam contributor Anne Lepesant for producing this interview.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – 2013 US Junior Nationals – as reported by swimswam:

Not one, not two, but three ladies cleared the old meet record in the opening event of the night, with two of them (Eastin and Brooke Zeiger) absolutely crushing the previous standard. Ella Eastin, a 16-year-old who competes for Socal Aquatics, led this one from start-to-finish, building an early lead on the fly before putting together the fastest final two 100′s in the field to touch in 4:38.97, almost six seconds under the previous record held by Jasmine Tosky (4:44.85). Her finishing time is the third fastest amongst Americans in 2013, places her fourth on the all-time list for 17-18 girls (trailing only Olympic medalists Elizabeth Beisel, Katie Hoff, and Janet Evans), and ranks eleventh in the world this year.

Brooke Zeiger of the Bluefish Swim Club swam a personal best 4:43.84 to finish second, holding off the hard-charging Kathleen Baker of SwimMAC Carolina (who out-split Zeiger by a full second over the last 50). Baker clocked in at 4:44.63, also under the meet record.

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C Martin
8 years ago

What I’m looking for tonight:

1. I want to say Becca Mann breaks Gillian Ryan’s MR of 4:07.26, but I just don’t know. I feel like her focal point has been on the really long distance stuff and Open Water for Worlds and I don’t believe she can translate that into success in the shorter events. Should be close, though.

2. Liam Egan breaks Nicholas Caldwell’s MR of 3:52.32 – just have a feeling. Taking almost a second off his seed time in prelims is a good sign – even though two seconds is a lot to shave off. If he’s going to do it, he needs to swim faster in that middle 200. Look for Katz to sneak in… Read more »

C Martin
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

*probably

C Martin
8 years ago

Jonathan Roberts goes a 3:53.50 in the consolation final. Didn’t see that coming. Second best time of the day.

C Martin
8 years ago

It’s gonna be a meet record!

C Martin
8 years ago

3:51.99 for Townley Haas – new meet record!

C Martin
8 years ago

Jonathan Roberts, despite being in the B Final, had the second best time of the day, prelims or finals (3:53.50 to Haas’ 3:51.99). But he won’t get a medal because those are reserved for the A Final. Theorerically, you could dog the final and use it as a warm down and still get a medal. USA Swimming needs to rework their system for this. It in many ways isn’t fair and definitely isn’t accurate.

Klorn8d
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

That’s universal

SWIMSWIMSWIM
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

But I think he gets the second spot for the 400 for the WYC in Dubai by .01. I don’t think only last heat counts it is best time at the three meets. Every meet in the world is exactly like this, you have to make it in the morning to have a chance at night.

C Martin
Reply to  SWIMSWIMSWIM
8 years ago

I don’t know – something like this arose at Worlds Trials earlier this year when I think Mike Alexandrov missed the A Final in one of the breast events. I don’t believe he could make the team, even if he set a WR in consols. I don’t think he had the times to qualify anyway, but honestly the podium should go to the top eight times – not the top eight swimmers from prelims.

SWIMSWIMSWIM
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

Completely different qualifying process. This is taking the two best times in each event swum at any of the meets by swimmers of a certain age. Those times could be swum in the morning, night, A, B, C finals. Lots of the times are from B&C finals from WCT and US Open.

For the WC Team, it was one meet and yes you had to qualify by finishing first or second in the event (not first or second best time).

C Martin
Reply to  SWIMSWIMSWIM
8 years ago

So Roberts will make the team. Thanks for clarifying!

bobo gigi
Reply to  C Martin
8 years ago

Fortunately, the medals are reserved for the A-Final! These rules are the same everywhere in the world. If Mr Roberts hadn’t slept in the prelims he would have been in the A-Final against the best. He has mistaken. Too bad for him. Next time he will be focused.

C Martin
8 years ago

52.91 for Lynch – a new MR. Dressel second in 53.31. Condorelli rounds out top three with a 53.32.

swimmer
8 years ago

4:38.97 — WOW!

C Martin
8 years ago

On to the relays!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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