Ella Eastin

The Stanford Swimmer with Eyes on the 2020 Olympics

Ella Eastin has her sights on the 2020 U.S. Olympic swim team. After a surprise disqualification at the 2017 U.S. Nationals (which would have gotten her a placement on the World Championships team), this all-star swimmer rebounded by leading Stanford University to the NCAA championship title after a 19-year drought. Ever since, Eastin has forged ahead with the next Olympics—and a graduate nursing degree—within reach.

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“When I was only 9 years old, my teacher told my class that we weren’t on track to get into college. And although she wasn’t speaking to every person, I took it personally. From that day forward I made it my goal to do well enough in school to get into Stanford. I loved swimming and dreamed of swimming in college. I set my sights high and never looked back. I now am entering my senior year at Stanford University as captain of the varsity women’s swim team with great success behind me, but a lot more to look forward to as a swimmer and a student.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year for my performances at the 2018 NCAA championships—three individual national titles, two relay national titles, three American records, Stanford Team Member National Championship.”

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What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“I will be continuing my education at graduate nursing school after the completion of my Stanford degree and my swimming career. Getting my master’s in nursing is the next challenge I intend on taking on after my current job as a student-athlete.”

What are you most grateful for?

“My family, who did everything they could to support my dreams. Once I made known what my hopes and dreams were, they helped me navigate my life without being in the driver’s seat. They let me be the driver while always wanting to help me get to my desired destination.”

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Habit that has changed your life?

“I have built the habit of making sure that I plan and accomplish something productive every day that contributes to each of the goals that I have. The action can manifest itself in different ways but helps me check the box to make sure I always am moving forward.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“My mother. She’s the hero in my life. She holds positions as a development director of a college, a mom, a friend, etc. And she does it all flawlessly, without hesitation and with a smile on her face. She has taught me to laugh through the tough times in life, remember God’s blessings and to always strive to be the best version of myself.”

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