Interview provided by Anne Lepesant from her leading coverage of California Southern Section High School Swimming & Diving Championships.
Crean Lutheran’s second record of the night came in the 200 IM. Sophomore Ella Eastin took off like a shot and had nearly half a pool length lead after the first two legs (at 53.65). She finished in an astounding 1:55.15, four seconds faster than the record she had set last year, and almost two seconds faster than her personal best (from junior nationals in December 2012). She was followed by Lindsey Clary (senior, Poly Riverside) and Jacqueline Torrez (freshman, La Salle). In addition to breaking the meet record, Eastin lowered her own Southern California Swimming 15-16 record, and logged the 9th fastest 200 IM in the U.S. this year – and that includes NCAAs. She also broke the National Independent High School Record set at the Colorado State meet this year by one Missy Franklin at 1:56.85, and later broken by Delaware’s Kaitlyn Jones in 1:56.31.