Ella Eastin Takes Over the 400 IM American Record from Ledecky


Stanford sophomore Ella Eastin defended her NCAA title tonight with an American record 3:57.57. Her swim tonight out-performed her Stanford teammate Katie Ledecky‘s American record mark 3:57.68 from Pac-12s last month.

Eastin got her edge by outsplitting Ledecky by about a second on each of the first three legs. With that much of an edge, she was able to overcome Ledecky’s huge 52.67 final split, even with her own 56.09 freestyle split.

A split comparison is below:

Katie Ledecky 2017 Pac-12s Ella Eastin 2017 NCAAs
Fly- 55.18 Fly- 54.44
Back- 1:00.33 Back- 59.48
Breast- 1:09.50 Breast- 1:07.56
Free- 52.67 (3:57.68)  Free- 56.09 (3:57.57)

This swim is also the second-fastest performance in history, second only to Katinka Hosszu‘s 3:56.54 from 2012 NCAAs. You can see the top five swims below:

  1. Katinka Hosszu (2012): 3:56.54
  2. Ella Eastin (2017): 3:57.57
  3. Katie Ledecky (2017): 3:57.68
  4. Caitlin Leverenz (2012): 3:58.12
  5. Maya DiRado (2014): 3:58.12

Eastin won the event nearly two seconds over Sydney Pickrem of A&M, who became the eighth-fastest performer in history with her 3:59.36. Texas’s Madisyn Cox was third with 4:00.97.

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4 years ago

Such an exciting performance. Congratulations Ella! Well done!

4 years ago

Congratulations to Ella Eastin! Dominating performance.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

Cool, an American record.

Ex Quaker
4 years ago

Hilarious that Ledecky doesn’t even have the Stanford team record in this event. Beautiful swim by Eastin.

4 years ago

Holy crap. Ledecky’s last 100.

stanford fan
4 years ago

great job ella!!

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