2019 ISL European Derby – Day 1 Live Recap


  • Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Centre – London, England
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
  • Start Lists
  • Day 1 Complete Results (with Corrected MVP Standings)

SwimSwam’s Nick Pecoraro is providing analysis in italics below the results

After the initial round of “Group A” and “Group B” meets, all four European teams in the inaugural International Swim League season square off this weekend in London, England. The top two teams – based on combined results of previous meets and this one – will head to Las Vegas next month for the ISL championship, and the other two teams will head home.


  1. Energy Standard – 238
  2. London Roar – 224
  3. Aqua Centurions – 178
  4. Iron – 165


  1. Emma McKeon, LON – 55.95
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, ENS – 56.33
  3. Marie Wattel, LON – 56.39
  4. Elena di Liddo, AQC – 56.97
  5. Maria Ugolkova, IRO – 57.15
  6. Anastasiya Shkurdai, ENS – 57.38
  7. Ilaria Bianchi, AQC – 57.40
  8. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, IRO – 57.60

London Roar Kicked off the meet with a 1-3 finish, getting out to the early lead in the all important team battle. Emma McKeon sped home to break away from the field and touch the wall first in 55.95. Ranomi Kromowidjojo was fast off the start, but faded over the course of the race, finishing in 8th.

Emma McKeon and Marie Wattel snagging 1st and 3rd in the 100 fly is an amazing start to this European derby. Sarah Sjostrom, unfortunately, was not able to take out the Aussie sensation for the 9-point win. Kromowidjojo finishing 8th was not a good start for the Iron, yet the skins will hopefully go better for the Dutch star. The Aqua Centurions’ swimmers, di Liddo and Bianchi, actually out-scored Iron in this event by 2 points.


  1. Chad le Clos, ENS – 49.34
  2. Matteo Rivolta, AQC – 50.24
  3. Vini Lanza, LON – 50.59
  4. Szebasztian Szabo, IRO – 50.77
  5. James Guy, LON – 51.18
  6. Philip Heintz, AQC – 51.26
  7. Kregor Zirk, ENS – 51.61
  8. Adam Telegdy, IRO – 52.17

Chad le Clos picked up Energy Standard’s first event win of the day, blowing away the field to touch in 49.34.

While female counterpart Sjostrom did not win one of her signature events, Energy’s le Clos crushed the event with the lone sub-50 swim. However, it is vital to note that teammate Zirk finished in 7th, therefore, only 11 points were scored. For the Roar, Guy and Lanza were able to get 10 points, not letting Energy scale up too much on them. Once again for the Aqua Centurions, Rivolta’s runner-up finish (7 pts) and Heintz’s 3-point snag was able to out-score Iron by 5 points.


  1. Alia Atkinson, IRO – 29.32
  2. Imogen Clark, ENS – 29.44
  3. Martina Carraro, AQC – 29.64
  4. Arianna Castiglioni, AQC – 29.71
  5. Jenna Laukkanen, IRO – 29.93
  6. Sarah Vasey, LON – 30.20
  7. Emily Seebohm, ENS – 30.32
  8. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, LON – 30.47

Alia Atkinson won a tight race at the end, giving Iron its first win of the meet, and establishing what looks like it could be a tough team battle this weekend.

After a slow start in the fly, Alia Atkinson brought it back home strong for the Iron with her tight win in the sprint breast. The Aqua Centurions continue to excel here in London with Carraro and Castiglioni picking up 11 points. While Imogen Clark took second for Energy, the choice to use backstroker Emily Seebohm in this event backfired with her 7th-place finish. The London Roar was outshined with Vasey and O’Connor only taking 4 points.


  1. Fabio Scozzoli, AQC – 25.62
  2. Vlad Morozov, IRO – 25.89
  3. Ilya Shymanovich, ENS – 25.97
  4. Adam Peaty, LON – 26.00
  5. Nicolo Martinenghi, AQC – 26.11
  6. PJ Stevens, IRO – 26.50
  7. Kirill Prigoda, LON – 26.57
  8. Anton Chupkov, ENS – 26.78

In a shocker, Adam Peaty was upset in London in a sprint breaststroke event. Not only getting beaten, but finishing in 4th with a pedestrian (for Peaty) 26.00. Fabio Scozzoli won the event, giving the Aqua Centurions their first event win of the day. With that win, all four teams have now won an event four events into the meet. Typically a strong breaststroke squad, the London Roar were held to a 4-7 finish in this race.

Adam Peaty not winning his signature event was a huge hit for the London Roar, as him and Prigoda picked up 7 points. Another surprise was Cenutrion Scozzoli crushing Italian countryman Martinenghi in the sprint breast for the win, yet the duo’s efforts was worth 13 points to put them in the lead. Energy’s Chupkov did not have a good swim, yet he is more of a 200 swimmer in contrast to 3rd-place teammate Shymanovich.


  1. Katinka Hosszu, IRO – 4:25.44
  2. Fantine Lesaffre, ENS – 4:26.41
  3. Sydney Pickrem, LON – 4:27.59
  4. Zsuszanna Jakabos, IRO – 4:27.99
  5. Mary-Sophie Harvey, ENS – 4:30.07
  6. Hannah Miley, AQC – 4:32.13
  7. Boglarka Kapas, LON – 4:34.54
  8. Franziska Hentke, AQC – 4:35.60

“She never gives in. She does not like to lose any race.” That’s what the announcers were saying as Katinka Hosszu turned in 2nd going into the last 100. That analysis was proven correct, when Hosszu then turned it on and swam away with the race, winning her signiature event yet again. Iron picked up a 1-4 finish here, leading the pack.

To no suprise, Iron Lady Hosszu topped one of her best events along with countrymate Jakabos taking 4th place. Energy Standard has not be as dominant as they were in their Group A competitions, yet Lesafree was able to out-touch Roar’s Pickrem for 2nd place. Hannah Miley of the Aqua Centurions improved to a 6th-place finish after struggling during the first part of the season, yet the squad only got 4 points with Hentke taking 8th.

MEN’S 400 IM

  1. Maxim Stupen, ENS – 4:04.39
  2. Duncan Scott, LON – 4:04.55
  3. Gunnar Bentz, IRO – 4:05.83
  4. Max Litchfield, ENS – 4:05.87
  5. Jeremy Desplanches, IRO – 4:06.14
  6. Laszlo Cseh, AQC – 4:08.13
  7. Finlay Knox, LON – 4:09.68
  8. Philip Henitz, AQC – 4:11.79

Maxim Stupen established the lead and didn’t let go when Duncan Scott was charging at the end of the race. Scott came close, but ultimately fell just short of getting the win in his home country. Energy Standard picked up another big finish, this time coming in 1-4, the best in the field.

After going crazy at BUCS, Duncan Scott impressed again at his ISL debut as he chased down Energy’s Stupin for the 9-point win. Fortunately for Energy, Stupin was able to hold off the British star as teammate also took 4th place for a 13-point team point contribution. Iron’s Bentz, the lone American at this derby, is now 3-for-3 taking third yet again in this IM event. The Centurions, after a fanastatic run in the sprint breast, did not go as planned with Cseh and Heintz contributing just 4 points.


  1. Energy Standard 2 – 3:26.55
  2. London Roar – 3:28.77
  3. London Roar 2 – 3:29.87
  4. Aqua Centurions – 3:30.01
  5. Iron – 3:32.48
  6. Energy Standard – 3:34.45
  7. Iron 2 – 3:36.30
  8. Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:39.24

Energy Standard’s 2nd relay swam away with the race, touching first by over 2 seconds. London Roar opted to try maximizing points, coming in 2nd and 3rd, and vaulting them into 2nd in the team standings. Energy Standard heads into the first break in 1st place as a team. Energy Standard’s time came in just .02 seconds off the 3:26.53 World Record held by the Dutch.

The Energy Standard once again impressed in the relays with their 9th relay win of the season. Important to note that London Roar out-scored Energy by 2 points with their 2-3 finish. The Aqua Centurions are continuing to improve from their first two meets as they scored higher than the Iron in this event.

Thanks to the women’s free relay, Energy Standard claims the early lead by 7 points over the London Roar. Sitting in third by 9 points is the Iron yet the Aqua Centurions faded to 4th by 11 points after having massive success in the men’s breast.


  1. Energy Standard – 86
  2. London Roar – 79
  3. Iron – 70
  4. Aqua Centurions – 59

Results through first break


  1. Evgeny Rylov, ENS – 1:49.67
  2. Christian Diener, LON – 1:50.36
  3. Travis Mahoney, AQC – 1:51.01
  4. Adam Telegdy, IRO – 1:52.06
  5. Apostolos Christou, 1:53.27
  6. Peter Bernek, LON – 1:53.95
  7. Robert Glinta, IRO – 1:54.38
  8. Kregor Zirk, ENS – 1:59.52

Generally considered the top 200 backstroker in the world currently, Evgeny Rylov got it done again, leading through the race and touching the wall first. Unfortunately for Energy Standard, Zirk Kregor came in 8th, getting a -1 point penalty for the time, which diminishes some of the gains they could have made in the team standings.

Evgeny Rylov swept all three 200 back events thus far, yet because of Zirk’s 1:59, only 9 points were contributed to Energy Standard. London’s Diener attempted to put up a great race yet settled for runner-up. But both the Roar and the Aqua Centurions out-scored Energy Standard despite Rylov’s win.


  1. Minna Atherton, LON – 1:59.25
  2. Margherita Panziera, AQC – 2:02.36
  3. Emily Seebohm, ENS – 2:03.65
  4. Kira Toussaint, IRO – 2:04.18
  5. Mary-Sophie Harvey, ENS – 2:05.12
  6. Katinka Hosszu, IRO – 2:06.22
  7. Sydney Pickrem, LON – 2:06.46
  8. Silvia Scalia, AQC – 2:08.09

Minna Atherton nearly broke her 2nd World Record this ISL season after giving an interview claiming she was unsure how she would perform this weekend. Atherton’s time came in just .02 seconds off the World Record, establishing the top time in the world this year, and earning her the win by 3 seconds.

The Aussie darling of the London Roar, Minna Atherton, put the team back into top contention with another record-breaking swim. While Aqua Centurion Panziera was the next fastest swimmer, teammate Scalia’ 8th-place finish only snagged 8 points total. For the Iron, Katinka Hosszu faded to a 6th-place finish, which also got 8 points with Touissant’s 4th-place finish. Topping the event point totals was Energy Standard as Seebohm and Harvey grabbed 10 points.


  1. Florent Manadou, ENS – 20.57
  2. Vlad Morozov, IRO – 20.77
  3. Ben Proud, ENS – 21.22
  4. Kristian Gkolomeev, AQC – 21.41
  5. Szebasztian Szabo, IRO – 21.48
  6. Vladislav Grinev, AQC – 21.60
  7. Duncan Scott, LON – 21.63
  8. Yuri Kisil, LON – 21.64

Florent Manadou got it done again in a huge performance by Energy Standard. Ben Proud also gave ENS the 3rd place finish, establishing a 15 point lead following this race.

Manaudou and Proud continue to bring the sprint energy for Energy Standard with a great 1-3 finish. With Iron falling behind in 3rd, Morozov’s second 7-point finish was crucial for the team alongside Szabo’s 5th-place finish. The London Roar took a big hit in this 50 event as versatile Brit Duncan Scott only managed 7th place with teammate Kisil taking 8th.


  1. Cate Campbell, LON – 23.48
  2. Sarah Sjostrom, ENS – 23.52
  3. Kayla Sanchez, ENS – 23.81
  4. Ranomi Kromwidjojo, IRO – 23.86
  5. Emma McKeon, LON – 23.96
  6. Freya Anderson, AQC – 24.24
  7. Kim Busch, IRO – 24.32
  8. Silvia di Pietro, 24.70

Cate Campbell upset Sarah Sjostrom, handing Sojostrom her first loss of the season, and helping to slow the momentum Energy Standard has started to accumulate today.

Sarah Sjsotrom got outshined yet again in a dominant event of her repertoire, this time by Roar’s Cate Campbell. However, Sjostrom and Energy teammate Sanchez finished with a 13-point swing as Emma McKeon‘s 5th-place effort also gave the Roar 13 points.


1. Energy Standard 2 – 3:23.14
2. London Roar 2 – 3:23.56
3. Aqua Centurions 1 – 3:24.68
4. Energy Standard 1 – 3:25.77
5. London Roar 1 – 3:28.95
6. Iron 1 – 3:29.30
7. Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:29.54
8. Iron 2 – 3:30.56

This relay looked like it was all London roar, until Energy Standard charged back on the final leg, taking the lead and finishing first.

James Gibson, deemed the ‘relay master’, has put Energy Standard in a great lead thanks to their 1-4 finish in the men’s medley relay. The London Roar just got out-scored with a 2-5 finish. The Aqua Centurion men continue to bring it for the Italy-based team as their 3-7 finish put them behind Iron by 6 points in the team totals.


  1. Energy Standard – 161
  2. London Roar – 138
  3. Iron – 111
  4. Aqua Centurions – 105

Results thorugh break 2


Kayla Sanchez – ENS – 1:52.72
2. Femke Heemskerk – ENS – 1:53.22
3. Federica Pellegrini – AQC – 1:53.28
4. Emma McKeon – LON – 1:53.32
5. Freya Anderson – AQC – 1:53.33
6. Holly Hibbott – LON – 1:53.62
7. Veronika Andrusenko – IRO – 1:54.80
8. Katinka Hosszu – 1:57.25

Kayla Sanchez charged home to gain yet another win for Energy Standard. Emma McKeon, who has been solid as a rock this season in the 200 free, fell to 4th today, meking her first loss in the event. McKeon is notably swimming a tougher schedule this weekend than in weekends past. Energy Standard is showing no signs of slowing down, taking a 1-2 finish thanks to Femke Heemskerk taking 2nd behind Sanchez. Freya Anderson broke the British Record with her 5th place finish.

After taking third in the 50 free, Kayla Sanchez and sprinter Femke Heemskerk have brought Energy Standard way into the lead with a 1-2 sweep. Pellegrini and Anderson’s 3-5 finish have actually put the Aqua Centurions into the narrow lead over the Iron for 3rd-place in the team standings with Andrusenko and Hosszu only getting 3 points off this event.


1. Alex Graham – LON – 1:42.55
2. Breno Correia – AQC – 1:42.93
3. Vladislav Grinev – AQC – 1:43.58
4. Chad le Clos – ENS – 1:44.57
5. James Guy – LON – 1:44.61
6. Pieter Timmers – IRO – 1:45.35
7. Henrik Christiansin – 1:46.19
8. Iven Girev – ENS – 1:46.37

Alex Graham breathed some much-needed life into London Roar, giving them a win in an event where Energy Standard struggled. Graham has been a 200 powerhouse this season, continuing to be a huge asset for London.

The London Roar and the Aqua Centurions had a stellar event finish with both teams grabbing 13 points a piece. Unfortunately for the Iron, their performance in London continues to take a hit with only 5 points snagged. Chad le Clos and Ivan Girev underperformed in this event for Energy with a 4-8 finish.


1. Minna Atherton – LON – 26.05
2. Kira Toussaint – IRO – 26.37
3. Georgia Davies – ENS – 26.45
4. Holly Barratt – LON – 26.53
5. Silvia Scalia – AQC – 26.61
6. Emily Seebohm – ENS – 26.75
7. Elena di Liddo – AQC – 26.79
8. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – IRO – 26.89
Minna Atherton can’t be stopped! Atherton wins her 2nd event of the day, giving London Roar its 2nd consecutvie event win. London made up some more ground on Energy Standard here, finishing 1-4 to ENS’ 3-6. In her 3rd race of the day, Kromo came in 8th for Iron.
Minna Atherton has taken her second win in London, scoring big points as teammate Barratt finished in 4th. While Kira Touissant picked up 7 points for the Iron, Dutch star Kromowidjojo only managed 8th-place. Energy’s Seebohm swam her second 6th-place swim, yet Georgia Davies’ 3rd-place finish gave a 9-point contribution.


1. Guilherme Guido – LON – 22.82
2. Florent Manaudou – ENS – 23.31
3. Kliment Kolesnikov – ENS – 23.43
4. Christian Diener – LON – 23.79
5. Apostolos Christou – AQC – 23.87
6. Simone Sabbioni – AQC – 23.88
7. Richard Bohus – IRO – 24.03
8. Robert Glinta – IRO – 24.19

Guido made it 3-for-3 in the last 3 events for London Roar. He led from the start, clocking a 22.82 for the win. The London Roar made up 1 point on Energy Standard with this race, thanks to a 2-3 finish from Energy Standard.
Guido is now 3-for-3 in the 50 back, toppling Energy sprint stars Manaudou and Kolesnikov. The 7-8 finish by Bohus and Glinta have really hurt the Iron as they now trail 4th in the team totals.


1. Sydney Pickrem – LON – 2:19.21
2. Fanny Lecluyse – IRO – 2:19.76
3. Kierra Smith – ENS – 2:20.49
4. Martina Carraro – AQC – 2:20.96
5. Kayla van der Merwe – ENS – 2:22.10
6. Arianna Castiglioni – AQC – 2:23.00
7. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – LON – 2:23.06
8. Alia Atkinson – IRO – 2:25.10
Sydney Pickrem picked up another much-needed win for London Roar, capitalizing on an event where Energy Standard finished 3-5.
Pickrem and Lecluyse represented the Roar and Iron well for the breast, however, their respective teammates placed 7th and 8th. From this, Iron only grabbed 8 points while the Roar contributed 11 points to their team total. Energy’s Smith and van der Merwe grabbed 10 points for the team totals while the Aqua Centurions took 8 points with their 4-6 finish, which was the same as Iron’s 2-8 finish.


1. Anton Chupkov – ENS – 2:02.98
2. Adam Peaty – LON – 2:04.63
3. Ilya Shymanovich – ENS – 2:04.92
4. Kirill Prigoda – LON – 2:05.35
5. Ross Murdoch – IRO – 2:07.40
6. Jeremy Desplanches – IRO – 2:08.61
7. Fabio Scozzoli – AQC – 2:08.63
8. Nicolo Martinenghi – AQC – 2:10.53
Anton Chupkov got it done for Energy Standard, leading a 1-3 finish. Ilya Shymanovich was 3rd for ENS, giving them another boost in the team race, snapping London Roar’s win streak. London Roar kept things tight with a 2-4 finish from Adam Peaty and Kirill Prigoda.
After a disappointing 50, Anton Chupkov came back into the 200 to grab the 9-point win along with Shymanovich’s 3rd-place swim. Adam Peaty has still yet to taste gold as he took 2nd-place by over 2 seconds with teammate Prigoda finishing in 4th. Surprisingly, Aqua Centurions Scozzoli and Martinenghi only managed a 7-8 finish after excelling in the 50 breast.


1. Aqua Centurions 1 – 3:07.51
2. Iron 1 – 3:07.86
3. London Roar 2 – 3:08.70
4. Energy Standard 1 – 3:09.24
5. Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:10.85
6. Iron 2 – 3:12.10
7. London Roar 1 – 3:18.10
8. Energy Standard 2 – DSQ
In a stunning turn of events, Energy Standard’s 2nd relay was disqualified, resulting in a 22-point swing in favor of London Roar. London is still trailing heading into day 2, however, they are now only 14 points down, with more relays and the all-important skins races ahead. The Aqua Centurions picked up only their 2nd event win of the day, resulting in a nice boost right at the end.
Energy Standard unfortunately suffered a big hit with their B-relay being disqualified, only picking up 8 points. For the London Roar, that was a 22-point swing, yet Energy Standard still has a comfy lead after day one with their previous efforts. Because of the Energy DQ, the Aqua Centurions grabbed their second relay win of the season and now lead over the Iron for third place.


  1. Energy Standard – 238
  2. London Roar – 224
  3. Aqua Centurions – 178
  4. Iron – 165

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1 year ago

Who else is in attendance tonight?!

Reply to  SwimFan01
1 year ago

Lydia Kehoe is there as our representative!

1 year ago

Hoping Atherton can take a red hot crack at the 50/200 back WRs.

1 year ago

McKeon took down Sjostrom! First time doing that for her?

1 year ago

Sjostrom and Peaty already beaten! SCM really isna different sport. This looks very interesting!

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

They’re both MUCH better in long course. Their times aren’t good at all, compared to what they are in long course.

Reply to  Lille
1 year ago

Also in the middle of hard training I would assume

Reply to  Lille
1 year ago

peaty sure, but ss is only slightly better in lcm, shes just not swimming close to her best in the isl so far

Reply to  anonymoose
1 year ago

Yeah, she holds two short course world records, but she’s been about a second and a half off her 100m fly WR.

1 year ago

Great win for Stupin, but what a complete swimmer Duncan Scott is – Like his chances in the 200IM next summer.

1 year ago

Kromowidjojo’s is the female Dressel off the block. Superb lead-off from Anderson there. London nailed the relay tactics.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

With her though it’s all momentum she carries into the water compared to others. Her legs aren’t springs, doubt her vertical jump is elite (Dressel’s is), and her RT isn’t otherworldly (usually about .69). Two completely different ways to get to 15 m fast.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

Interesting. So what is it about Dressel’s start that’s so good? Just the vertical jump and RT?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 year ago

His VJ is like 43 inches now. Doubt anyone else’s is over 36 inches. His RT is not special (not nearly as good as Vlad’s), and in fact something he’s been trying to improve by moving the wedge up. He enters the water a half a foot farther than anyone else and then goes into those ridiculous dolphins. For Ranomi, it must be something about her angle of entry and how she gets to deep water fast.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

Super explanation, TY

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

I’ll just add from a Troy talk on Dressel’s start — the key is “hit deep water fast” (presumably in part to get the perfect depth for dolphins with a large column of water to undulate against). Something Troy picked up from another veteran coach. I think that’s what Ranomi does. She gets to that deep faster that others.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

Usually Manadou Cielo and nicholas had monster starts, what about these 3? What’s the secret?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

You can throw in Tandy and Proud. I’ve looked at slo-mo replays of Dressel next to Santos and Flo and he just enters the water further out. He’s not faster off the blocks, he’s just got ridiculous springs for legs and knows how to put them (particularly his glutes/hamstrings) in just enough tension with his hips high in the ready position (notice how he slightly pulls down with his arms in the ready position to get his hips high) to get those springs to work. He snaps his head up very quickly at the gun and has a high leg kick — the coupling motions Gary Hall talks about with the crazy Tandy start. Santos uses his head snap and… Read more »

1 year ago

This is my first time watching this. Showing the relay order changes is hilarious. “I’m going to change the order.” “Things like this are pretty important?” “Ya.”

Reply to  Sccoach
1 year ago


Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Sccoach
1 year ago

They are involving the viewing audience in the process, making it more “homey”

1 year ago

Wow, slightly disappointing women’s 4×100 free relay performance for London Roar, though they do get more total points. Everyone swam slower splits on the A relay than in Budapest, but the B relay did better than expected.