Crean Lutheran senior Ella Eastin has broken the National Independent High School Record in the women’s 200 yard IM on Saturday morning to kick of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships in by swimming a 1:53.90 at Riverside City College. That marks Eastin’s fourth-straight Division Championship in the event.
Eastin and the Crean girls embarked on new territory this season, as they moved up into Division II to race schools with larger student bodies, and while the opponents changed, the trends did not, as Eastin won the race by 10 seconds.
She just missed the overall high school record of 1:53.82 that was set by Minot High School’s (North Dakota) Dagny Knutson in 2009. Now Eastin will have to decide if she will wait two weeks and swim at the newly-formed California State Championship meet to take the overall record or turn her focus toward the long course season.
Eastin already held the old record thanks to the 1:55.15 that she swam at this meet in 2013, though she was only 1:56 as a junior in 2014. Prior to Eastin’s swim, Kaitlyn Jones of Delaware held the record in 1:56.31.
- Eastin old National Record – 24.71/28.94/33.40/28.00 = 1:55.15
- Eastin new National Record – 24.98/28.30/32.89/27.73 = 1:53.90
Eastin’s progress in this race throughout her career has been primarily on the back-half, and especially the breaststroke. As a freshman, Eastin was splitting 36’s on that leg, and has now dropped that all the way to 32’s.
Eastin is the #6 recruit in the class of 2015, and is showing how much value she’ll bring to the Stanford Cardinal even as a freshman next season. Her time from Saturday morning would’ve ranked her 3rd in the NCAA last season, and would’ve been Stanford’s fastest swimmer by more than three seconds. Only one returning swimmer (senior Liz Pelton of Cal) had a faster time in the 2014-2015 college season.
The time also ranks Eastin 13th all-time at any level in the yards version of this event.
Article by swimswam.com
Our very own Riptide Hunter Hitchens had quite the meet at this spring’s prestigious Speedo Far Western Championships in San Jose. The thirteen year-old became the high-point individual champion of the 13-14 boys age group, and finished the short course season breaking numerous club records at Irvine Novaquatics.
As a result of his performances, Hitchens has put himself squarely on the radar of those top junior elite swimmers of the future for the U.S..
Here is a recent press interview and coverage:
Former Riptide swimmer and Northpark resident Ella Eastin will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming beginning Monday, June 25 – June 30, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ella learned to swim competitively when she joined the Northpark Riptide in 2003 at the age of 6. She swam with Riptide for a total of 8 years. The first seven were under the direction of Coach Todd Larsen and her final year, 2010, with Coach Kevin Little. Ella has since been swimming on the club team Irvine Novaquatics and recently turned 15 years old.
Ella will swim a total of 5 events and is ranked in the top 36 for three of her five events including the 400 individual medley, 200 individual medley, and 100 Backstroke. She will also swim the 200 meter backstroke as well as the 200 butterfly. Races will be televised on NBC Universal for preliminaries and finals will be shown each evening on NBC. Links to the webcast can be found at www.usaswimming.org.
Ella with Coach Todd Larsen celebrating a “first place” at ISL Championships 2004
Ella attributes her love of swimming to her experiences on the Riptide, with her swim buddies in Northpark, and, of course, to her swim coach Todd Larsen whose constant encouragement inspired her to work hard, compete, and dream big. She still wears her Riptide apparel to practice and had the riptide cheer (Gimme and “R”…) printed on her phone case just to remind her to have fun.
A special thank you goes out to all the neighbors and friends who have and continue to encourage and support her through this journey!
ELLA Good Luck at the USA Olympic Trials.