Ella Eastin: Long course is going a lot better than I expected (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Robert Gibbs. 


  1. Hali Flickinger– 2:08.61
  2. Ella Eastin– 2:10.25
  3. Lauren Case- 2:12.01

Hali Flickinger took it out hard in the womens 100 fly, leading by 2 seconds when she turned in 1:01 at the 100 mark.Ella Eastin made a late charge on the final 50 and started to close the gap, but Flickinger held on for the win in 2:08.61 to Eastin’s 2:10.25. That’s the fastest Flickinger has ever been in season, just a second off her best of 2:07.59 from 2015 Nationals. Eastin also posted a best in-season time, just a tenth shy of her 2:10.12 from last summer.

Rounding out the top 3 was Lauren Case, who touched in 2:12.01. Following closely behind her were Megan Kingsley (2:12.31) and Christina Bechtel (2:12.64).

Swimming out of the C final, Elizabeth Beisel posted a 2:13.71 to win her heat.

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Victor P
4 years ago

She’ll definitely be at least 2:09 low in the 200 IM for Trials. There will probably be 3 girls going that fast, so definitely a dog fight for those 2 spots.

The Grand Inquisitor
Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

who’s the third

bobo gigi
Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

2.09 high should be enough to qualify.
DiRado big favorite
Then Eastin slightly favorite in my opinion for the second spot ahead of Margalis.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

You never know,she is smart to say the top 8 but if she doesn’t make the Olympic team, it could be the world team next year or the PanAm team or the World University team.

Stay Human
Reply to  Victor P
4 years ago

I’m thinking 4 girls, I think Leverenz is likely still in the mix, so with the ones mentioned so far I see at least 4 girls under 2:10, (with either a Cox, Small, and/or Baker (?Flickinger?) also having that potential if stars align) for only 2 spots= Barn Burner!! With no room for error, it’s more similar to a sprint, somebody was saying on another thread here, except one with more lead changes. Could be one of the races of the Trials.

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