Ella Eastin: “I wasn’t in the best mood going into tonight” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • NCAA record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • American record: Katie Ledecky (2017)- 3:57.68
  • U.S. Open record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu (2012)- 3:56.54
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 3:58.40
  1. Ella Eastin (Stanford)- 3:57.57
  2. Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 3:59.36
  3. Madisyn Cox (Texas)- 4:00.97

Stanford’s Ella Eastin certainly redeemed herself tonight, rocking a new American Record time of 3:57.57 to win back-to-back titles in the 400 IM. Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem joined her under the 4:00-mark, becoming the 8th fastest performer of all time, while Texas’ Madisyn Cox busted out a personal best 4:00.97 for 3rd place, running down Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (4:01.06).

Denver’s Bailey Andison had a big swim to place 5th in a personal best 4:03.09, while Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary posted a 4:04.69 for 6th.

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Sara Matin
5 years ago

Congratulations Ella. I can see why your Grandma is so very proud of you, plus you’re a fantastic swimmer!

5 years ago

Great Job Ella! Great interview and awesome swim. Thanks SwimSwam for a great coverage overall and keep posting the interviews. Can we also have interviews of other swimmers or coaches as well like Simon, Greg Troy on how Florida is doing, Janet Hu on being a great swimmer yet to win an individual event…how she felt, other up and coming coaches, etc., Comerford!

Reply to  ADSF
5 years ago

ADSF – I’ll pass your requests along to Coleman! We’re a little handcuffed by who’s willing to come and who the coaches are willing to let come, but we can definitely make requests and see what happens.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Thanks. Do what you can. These are great already.

Also can you interview Nickel Stafford. With her condition, she is inspirational. Got PB for 200 free. What is she planning to do next.

Tom from Chicago
5 years ago

These Stanford girls are so serious. I wonder how difficult the academics are for them along with the high level training.

E Gamble
5 years ago

Well said Ella.! And a great swim!?

Attila the Runt
5 years ago

Just checking, but who would, in their right mind, be in a good mood getting ready to swim a second 400 IM in one day?

Reply to  Attila the Runt
5 years ago

People who aren’t sissies?

Reply to  Attila the Runt
5 years ago

Literally everyone who swam the 4 IM at their championship meet. Shoutout to everyone (myself included lol) that put up with this insane double of 2 4 IM’s in 1 day

5 years ago

so very humble and well spoken. congratulations ella!

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