Pair of Stanford women qualify for 200 IM final at WUG


Stanford junior Ella Eastin and incoming Cardinal freshman Brooke Forde each has a chance at a World University Games individual medal after qualifying Tuesday in the 200-meter individual medley.

Eastin won her semifinal heat in a time of 2:12.70, and was fourth overall. The University Games record of 2:12.07 is within reach of any of the top four swimmers. Japan's Yui Ohasi recorded the top semifinals time of 2:12.17.

Ella Eastin
Forde, who finished third in the same heat with Eastin, grabbed the eighth spot with a 2:14.70.

Eastin, a five-time NCAA champion and nine-time All-American, barely missed a chance to race at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Eastin placed fourth in the 200 IM at the U.S. Championships in July and was disqualified, along with several others under a faulty, hastily-written rule, after winning the 400 IM.

Eastin is a two-time national collegiate champion in the 400 IM and finished second in the 200 IM at the NCAA meet.

Forde brings equally impressive credentials as the NHSCA National Swimmer of the Year and Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year.

Forde is a five-time individual state champion, including the 200 IM, and 12-time prep All-American.

The two-time U.S. championship finalist has international experience from the FINA World Cup. Junior Pan-Pacific Games, and Junior World Championships. She also competed at the Olympic trials last summer in four events.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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