Ella Eastin is an American medley specialist from Orange County, California and a BOOST2020 athlete grant recipient.
She began swimming at the age of six for her neighborhood swim team “The Northpark Riptide”, and quickly fell in love with the sport. In her teens, Ella worked her way to becoming the number 6 recruit in the nation, eventually signing with Stanford University to complete her undergraduate education and continue her swimming career. During her freshman year, she set an American record in the 200-yard individual medley, then went on to win the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Ella has continued to dominate national and international championships, picking up prestigious titles, including SwimSwam’s 2018 NCAA Swimmer of the Year. The following year, she returned as captain for Team USA in the 2019 World University Games. She is now a twelve-time NCAA Champion.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Ella has returned home to continue her professional career training and competing for SOCAL Aquatics in Tustin, California. She continues to focus her attention on what she enjoys most: swimming in the sun, traveling with friends, and staying active. These components are part of what makes Ella an incredible athlete and competitor. “When you achieve what you have set out to do, there is no greater feeling, she says. “The delayed gratification involved in swimming present a challenge to be focused every day for long periods of time. This is a test of endurance, dedication, and focus, and is not for the faint of heart.” Her words are a true testament to the drive and persistence necessary to become a high-level athlete.
The BOOST2020 grant from The Foundation for Global Sports Development allows Ella to continue pursuing her Olympic dreams in 2021. Through providing optimal recover care, therapy, nutrition, and competition expenses, the grant gives Ella the “boost” necessary to continue competing. This year marks an incredible 18 years in her swimming career, but she is just getting started! We are cheering Ella on, and wishing her the best as she continues her Olympic journey.