Ella Eastin Swims Fastest 400 IM Ever Done by NCAA Freshman


On Friday evening at the 2016 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Stanford swimmer Ella Eastin swam the fastest time ever done by an NCAA freshman in the 400 yard IM.

Her final time of 3:58.40 is the 5th-fastest performance done by anyone at any meet at any age, and is also more than two seconds faster than the 4:00.83 done by Elizabeth Beisel at the 2011 SEC Championships to become the fastest time done by an NCAA freshman.

Note: Dagny Knutson swam a 4:00.62 in 2007, while she was still in high school, and never actually swam in college.

The 10 fastest performances in history at any level:

  • Katinka Hosszu, 2012, 3:56.54
  • Caitlin Leverenz, 2012, 3:57.89
  • Maya DiRado, 2014, 3:58.12
  • Julia Smit, 2010, 3:58.23
  • Julia Smit, 2010, 3:58.23
  • Ella Eastin, 2016, 3:58.40
  • Elizabeth Beisel, 2012, 3:58.35
  • Caitlin Leverenz, 2012, 4:58.46
  • Elizabeth Beisel, 2014, 3:58.84
  • Katinka Hosszu, 2011, 3:58.86


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