Ella Eastin Hopes To Push Through Mono, Compete For National Championship

Ella Eastin. Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

By Dan D’Addona.

It’s tough enough being one of the top swimmers in the country, but Ella Eastin always seems to have some added adversity going into a big meet.

The Stanford national champion has dealt with injuries, heat stroke and other issues before big meets in the past.

Next week’s national championships will be no different. She is entered in most of the butterfly and IM events.

Eastin has mononucleosis, which has threatened her chance to compete at nationals, but hasn’t stopped her.

“I put in a ton of work before this. It won’t come as easy. It is ultimately going to be my decision. I have to take into account the clinical information I received and the doctors. It will be my decision in terms of my short-term and long-term health, if I think my body is ready,” Eastin said. “I have to mentally be in that state to give myself the best opportunity. When the time comes I will have to do with the reality of possibly not swimming, but I have to be in the mindset to compete. It will be interesting to see how my body reacts.”

It hasn’t been easy.

Mononucleosis is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Some cases cause liver inflammation and enlargement of the spleen, making it difficult for athletes to compete for fear of rupturing the spleen.

“It is getting a little bit better, but definitely not 100 percent. Just taking it day by day,” she said. “I felt like I had some flu symptoms. They did a blood test and it came back positive. It happened pretty quick.”

Eastin’s experience with adversity has helped her get through situations like this in the past.

“I know that the rest can definitely help. I am not putting excess strain on my body. That is something I have tried to figure out the past couple of years,” she said. “I am really sensitive to changes in training, so taper has been an experiment my entire career. Something always comes up. Before NCAAs I had the flu. Before long-course meets I have gotten heat stroke. This isn’t really anything new.”

That helps mentally, too.

“The biggest thing for me is making sure that I have long-term perspective on things, not getting caught up in the every day difficulties that come along with being this sick at a critical time of the swim season. I remind myself that it is something I will get over and it sis not a long-term health issues. It is not the end of my swim career, so that is something I have been holding with me. When it comes to my career, nothing has really gone to plan. This is not abnormal for me. I haven’t really been able to train, so all I have done was rest. I was on strict bedrest for a long time. I am kind of getting in the water to maintain my feel, but other than that, I am hoping for the best.”

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2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics Begin Today in San Jose

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SAN JOSE, CA. The largest age-group water polo tournament in the world gets underway in San Jose at 8 a.m. (PST) this morning. The 2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics begins with games in 34 pools all over the Bay Area of Northern California.

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July 26-29 will see the girls compete in eight different brackets from 10-U to 18-U in two different levels: Championship and Classic. There is one coed level of play for 10-U boys and girls which also takes place from July 26-29.

Some of the top age group clubs in California—including Foothill, Rose Bowl, San Diego Shores, SETSHAQ, Trojan Cardinal, Vanguard and many others—will compete for the right to call themselves the nation’s best against clubs from all over the country, including the Midwest, the Northeast, the Southwest and more.

Swimming World will provide coverage from the different pools as it follows select teams progressing over the landscape of this massive event, with coverage of both the boys and girls 18-U Finals, to be held at Stanford’s Avery Aquatics Center; the boys final on July 24 and the girls final on July 29.

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Can’t wait for us to post? for the first time in event history FloSwimming will live-stream the JOs, starting this morning and will cover up through the end of competition on Sunday, July 29. Live FloSwimming coverage is available all day long from three courses at the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford. The Avery Pool, one course from the Baker Pool, and one course from the Belardi Pool will be streamed live to water polo fans for the duration of the tournament.

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