Recovering from Mono, Ella Eastin Swims First Race of Nationals


Despite missing two weeks of training in early July after coming down with mononucleosis, Stanford’s Ella Eastin swam her first race of the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships Wednesday morning. She was unsure if she could be able to compete this week in Irvine when we spoke to her last week, but for now is taking the meet one race at a time.

She went 2:10.81 in the 200 fly, making her the 12th seed for finals and into the B final.

While that will eliminate her from contention for the Pan Pacs team in this race, it will leave her a chance at a spot on the World University Games squad, depending on how she swims in finals. Her lifetime best in the event is 2:08.21.

Eastin is a rising senior at Stanford. She currently holds the American Records in the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.51), the 200-yard IM (1:50.67), and the 400-yard IM (3:54.60), all achieved during her junior season with the Cardinal. She also holds the American Record in the 800-yard freestyle relay with her 2017 Stanford teammates Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and Katie Ledecky. She won all three of her individual events (200 IM, 200 fly, and 400 IM) at the 2018 NCAA Championships and earned Swimmer of the Meet honors.

Last summer, Eastin touched second in the 400 IM at the Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials only to be disqualified for the “Lochte Rule”moments later. She was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 200 fly at Trials, thus missing out on competing at World Championships in Budapest. Eastin did represent the United States at World University Games, garnering a gold medal in the 200 fly, a silver in the 200 IM, and a silver in the 4×200 free relay.


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Tammy Touchpad Error

This the type of luck to create an absolute angry monster that gets 4+ gold medals in Tokyo


That would be one of the most amazing things to ever happen in the sport.

25 free champ

4 is the max she could get in any realistic scenario.


200 fly, both IMs, and 4×200 relay? I’d love to see that and hopefully she can bounce back


What an amazing heart of a competitor! She will do great things in and out of the pool!

Swim Mom

Mono is highly contagious, she can get others sick, USA swimming should not have allowed a highly contagious swimmer to be right there, in close proximity to other swimmers who have a full swim schedule ahead of them

Swim Mom

“You can pass the virus to other people through your saliva for up to three months after your symptoms subside.”


Geez nationals brings out the worst in us. Every comment section is going so negative today…

Coach Mike 1952

Full moon is upon us, seems to have an effect for sure (ref. Dade County Florida scientific study over numerous decades of the effect of the full moon).




Unless she’s making out with everyone on deck I think she’s good

Swim Mom

Hopefully she will not get anyone else sick. Mono is highly contagious and it can spread easily with contact with her saliva (not difficult to happen in a swim meet, where swimmers’ towels touch each other). She will be contagious for a while, and if another swimmer catches this from her…. at such a crucial time in swimming, I see a lawsuit against USA swimming for allowing a highly contagious person to be right there, exposing other swimmers to her illness


you have no idea if she is “highly” contagious or if she or anyone else is taking extra precautions. Mono is most hghly contagious during the incubation period and during major symptoms, not during the recovery period, although you are right that it is possible to transmit for some time afterwards.

Swim Mom

Actually, read about it, the Mayo clinic is a good source, yes she is very contagious

Swim Mom

“You can pass the virus to other people through your saliva for up to three months after your symptoms subside.”


Mononucleosis is a very common disease and most, but not all, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Around 95 percent of the population will get it sometime in their life. By age 5, 50 percent of children in the United States have already been infected and most of these cases are mild and indistinguishable from other common childhood viruses. Once infected, the virus remains in a person’s cells for life and anyone ever infected can pass the virus to someone else in saliva. This is a good reason to never share water bottles!

Swim Mom

Yes, but it is just like the chicken pox virus that stays dormant and can re-activate, but becoming infected from someone that way is not common. Even if it is something most will get, talk to any swimmer who is at Nationals and hopes to make certain cuts…. no one wants to get mono right now. But I agree that people should not share drinks and stuff.

The Grand inquisitor

Irrational fear can also be contagious. Hope I don’t catch it from this comment.

Swim Mom

“You can pass the virus to other people through your saliva for up to three months after your symptoms subside.”


Healthline provides no source for that; it does point to a study and website which says, “Health experts aren’t sure how long people with mono stay contagious after symptoms are gone. They believe that people can spread the infection for many months after that — some studies show as long as 18 months.” Any physician will tell you – I am a medical reporter- that it is much less contagious during the recovery period. If she is being responsible and not hacking all over the deck, or sharing towels and other gear, it shouldn’t be a serious risk.

samuel huntington

stop posting the same link, we get your irrational point.

No need for lawsuit talk, that’s kind of extreme. Let’s scale it back a bit.


I bet you’re your club’s FAVORITE swim mom 🙂

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