Cardinal sophomore Eastin a big hit at FINA world event


Stanford sophomore swimmer Ella Eastin earned a pair of silver medals at the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Ontario over the weekend, while freshman Katie Drabot helped a pair of United States relay teams to the podium.

Eastin earned both medals in the individual medleys. The Irvine native edged her USA counterpart Madisyn Cox in 400-meter IM.

Katie Drabot
Eastin's time of 4:27.78 trailed only three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu and edged Cox's finish of 4:27.78.

That trio finished in the same order in the 200 with Hosszu (2:02.90) taking gold over Eastin (2:05.02) and Cox (2:05.93). Eastin also reached the finals of the 100 IM and placed eighth (59.97).

Drabot competed in the heats of the 400 and 800-meter freestyle relays. She swam the third leg of the 4x200 to propel the U.S. to the top time in the preliminaries (7:41.25), and the Americans eventually claimed silver in the finals (7:38.65) with a second-place finish to the host Canadians (7:33.89).

In the 4x100, Drabot swam the second leg in a seventh-place preliminary finish, and the U.S. went on to claim gold in the final.

Drabot, Eastin and the Cardinal compete at Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 20, and at Arizona the following afternoon.

Stanford returns to The Farm for its final two home meets of the season at Avery Aquatic Center on Jan. 27 against UCLA (2 p.m.) and Jan. 28 versus USC (noon).

Women's gymnastics

Stanford was selected to finish third in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced Wednesday by the conference.

The Cardinal received 33 points in the poll, following UCLA (47) and Utah (45). Stanford has finished among the top three in the Pac-12 in two of the past three years.

Stanford was ranked 11th in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches of America/Women preseason poll earlier this week.

Eight of the Cardinal's 10 regular season meets will feature at least one top-30 opponent, including three top-10 teams.

Stanford returned to the NCAA Championships for the 13th time in the past 16 years in 2016, with two gymnasts combining for five first-team All-America honors. The Cardinal finished fourth at the NCAA Championships Semifinals last season.

Stanford is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 15 years (2002-16).

The Cardinal returns All-America gymnasts, Elizabeth Price and Nicolette McNair, along with a group of experienced returners and a talented freshman class.

— Stanford Athletics

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