2019 ISL European Derby – Day 2 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)
  • Day 2 Complete Results


  1. Energy Standard – 467.5
  2. London Roar – 458.5
  3. Iron – 369.5
  4. Aqua Centurions – 335.5

Through the first day of competition, Energy Standard was a force to be reckoned with in the team standings. Despite an untimely disqualification on the final relay of the day yesterday, Energy Standard heads into today leading London Roar by 14 points. Reminder: the top two teams at the end of today will be advancing to the ISL finals in Las Vegas, where American teams Cali Condors and LA Current have already qualified.

After breaking the 100 back World Record at her last ISL meet, Minna Atherton (London Roar) touched just .02 seconds off the WR in the 200 back yesterday. Today, Atherton will get a shot at breaking her own WR in the 100 back.

SwimSwam’s Nick Pecoraro provides live color commentary on each race in italics, below:


1. Cate Campbell – LON – 51.20
2. Emma McKeon – LON – 51.27
3. Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 51.60
4. Femke Heemskerk – ENS – 51.81
5. Ranomi Krowmowidjojo – IRO – 51.90
6. Freya Anderson – AQC – 52.18
7. Kim Busch – IRO – 53.36
8. Silvia di Pietro – AQC – 53.66

Cate Campbell led from the start, and never looked back. Emma McKeon got it done for London Roar, giving them maximum points in the event thanks her 2nd place finish behind teammate Campbell. That swim marks Campbell’s 3rd win of the year in the 100 free, keeping the sprint star undefeated on the season. Energy Standard, minimized losses, taking 3rd and 4th, allowing London to net only 5 points in the team battle.

Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon‘s 1-2 finish was huge for the London Roar after falling behind in the team standings at the conclusion of day one. Energy Standard has been sub-par in contrast to their Group A swims with Sjostrom/Heemskerk picking up 11 points for the squad. The Iron continue to stuggle with Kromowidjojo after yet another bottom four finish.


1. Vlad Morozov – IRO – 46.14
2. Vladislav Grinev – AQC – 46.48
3. Chad le Clos – ENS – 46.48
4. Duncan Scott – LON – 46.71
5. Evgeny Rylov – ENS – 46.75
6. Pieter Timmers – IRO – 46.80
7. Breno Correia – AQC – 46.95
8. Yuri Kisil – LON – 47.08

Vlad Morozov had a heroic charge on the last 25, tearing through the water to get his hand on the wall first. That swim brings Morozov into 2nd for the MVP standings, behind Emma McKeon. This event hurt London Roar, who are coping with the notable absence of Kyle Chalmers this weekend. The Roar only picked up 6 points with this race.

Morozov once again excels individually for Iron with his first win in London after going second place twice in the 50 BR and FR. Overall, the event was spread evenly across the teams, yet Iron’s Timmers (6th) and Aqua Centurions’ Correia (7th) swims were not as on top as their other swims.


1. Alia Atkinson – IRO – 1:03.94
2. Martina Carraro – AQC – 1:04.11
3. Arianna Castiglioni – AQC – 1:04.43
4. Jenna Laukkanen – IRO – 1:04.92
5. Sarah Vaset – LON – 1:05.15
6. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – LON – 1:05.36
7. Imogen Clark – ENS – 1:05.88
8. Kierra Smith – ENS – 1:06.71

Alia Atkinson got it done again, holding on to get the touch first. Martina Carroro, the young Italian breakout star, broke the Italian Record with her swim.

Iron picks up a second victory thanks to Atkinson’s thrilling breaststroke talent. Alongside teammate Laukkanen, Iron received a 14-point swing in this event. The Aqua Centurions had a stellar showing with Carraro/Castiglioni going 2-3 and earning 13 points. As for the lead teams, this event did not go as planned.


1. Adam Peaty – LON – 56.18
2. Ilya Shymanovich – ENS – 56.32
3. Anton Chupkov – ENS – 57.18
4. Fabio Scozzoli – AQC – 57.26
5. Nicolo Martinenghi – AQC – 57.38
6. Kirill Prigoda – LON – 57.53
7. Ross Murdoch – IRO – 58.16
8. Peter Stevens – IRO – 58.54

Adam Peaty swam the top time in the ISL this season by .01 seconds, using a late charge to overtake Ilya Shymanovich. Peaty got the redemption he was seeking, as Scozzoli upset Peaty in the 50 breaststroke during yesterday’s competition. Energy Standard actually managed to outscore London Roar by 1 point on the race, thanks to a 2-3 finish by Shymanovich and Anton Chupkov.

Roar’s Adam Peaty finally tasted gold in his signature event as he took down dominant Energy breaststrokers Shymanovich and Chupkov. However, Energy picked up one more point than the Roar as Prigoda’s 6th-place finish gave 12 points towards the team totals. Scozzoli and Martinenghi snagged 9 points for the Centurions, and while that is 3 points less than the Roar/Energy, it was triple the points that the Iron earned (3 pts).


1. Holly Hibbott – LON – 3:57.96
2. Federica Pellegrini – AQC – 3:59.18
3. Charlotte Bonnet – ENS – 3:59.64
4. Sarah Kohler – AQC – 3:59.67
5. Ajna Kesely – IRO – 4:00.66
6. Veronika Andrusenko – IRO – 4:00.90
7. Boglarka Kapas – LON – 4:01.28
8. Mary-Sophie Harvey – ENS – 4:08.11

Holly Hibbott swam a phenomenal race, emerging as the front runner, and keeping it that way. She picked up another win for London Roar, who will want as good a position in the standings as possible heading into the skins races. Federica Pellegrini, who had previously claimed to be done with distance over 200 meters, roared home to come from the middle of the pack to 2nd on the last 150.

After placing 6th in the 200 on Friday, Roar’s Hibbott carried Peaty’s momentum into the distance free event, dominating the event for the 9-point win. Pellegrini took a crucial second-place finish to aid the Centurions’ edge over the Iron in the team scores. Thanks to Kohler’s 4th-place finish, the Centurions earned one more point (12) than the Roar in this event as Kapas only managed a 2-point finish. After scoring two 5th-place finishes yesterday, Energy’s Harvey dropped down to 8th, which gave the Roar the upper-hand after this event.


1. Henrik Christiansen – IRO – 3:40.14
2. James Guy – LON – 3:40.64
3. Paol Zellmann – AQC – 3:41.97
4. Max Litxhfield – ENS – 3:42.01
5. Kregor Zirk – ENS – 3:43.09
6. Adam Telegdy – IRO – 3:44.59
7. Peter Bernek – LON – 3:45.53
8. Travis Mahoney – AQC – 3:47.29

Henrik Christiansen got the better of James Guy at the end of the race, giving Iron a much-needed first place finish. Christiansen and Guy had a considerable margin between themselves and the rest of the field at the end of the race.

Iron’s Christiansen gave a great swim for the squad after swimming rather poorly earlier in the season, which paid off as he took out Roar’s Scott for the 9-point win. As for the other teams, it was extremely spread out with Iron going 1-6, Roar going 2-7, Centurions finishing 3-8, and Energy staying in the middle with a 4-5 finish.


1. London Roar 1 – 3:46.99
2. Iron 2 – 3:47.69
3. London Roar 2 – 3:49.84
4. Aqua Centurions – 3:50.76
5. Energy Standard 2 – 3:50.98
6. Energy Standard 1 – 3:51.00
7. Aqua Centurions 1 – 3:51.75
8. Iron 1 – 3:53.56

Minna Atherton gave London Roar 1 the early lead, and Cate Campbell brought it home against Ranomi Kromowidjojo, getting her hand on the wall first. Bronte Campbell anchored the London 2 relay, bringing them up to 3rd to give London Roar more points, and help vault them into the lead for the first time since the very first event of the meet yesterday. Alia Atkinson was stellar on the breast leg for Iron 2, overtaking Sydney Pickrem and handing off a lead to Katinka Hosszu. London’s time was the top time in the ISl this season.

The London Roar snagged a huge 30-point swing with their 1-3 finish and now lead Energy Standard by nearly 10 points after the first session. The Iron 2 relay had a stellar start with Touissant, Atkinson, and Hosszu, yet unforunately faded with Kromowidjojo on the anchor leg. The Energy Standard relays were in a tough position with a 5-6 finish, which let the Roar catch them after this first session.


  1. London Roar – 315
  2. Energy Standard – 305.5
  3. Aqua Centurions – 245.5
  4. Iron – 235

MEN’S 200 IM

1. Duncan Scott – LON – 1:53.97
2. Philip Heintz – AQC – 1:54.67
3. Gunnar Bentz – IRO – 1:54.70
4. Finlay Knox – LON – 1:55.10
5. Maxim Stupin – ENS – 1:55.71
6. Jeremy Desplanches – IRO – 1:55.75
7. Laszlo Cseh – AQC – 1:56.27
8. Max Litchfield – ENS – 1:57.07

Duncan Scott charged home ‘roared’ home on the freestyle leg, blazing past Philip Heintz to touch the wall first and lead a 1-4 charge by London. That boosted the Roar’s lead in the team standings to 18.5 points. The race was notably not a great one for Energy Standard, who finished in 5th and 8th. Finlay Knox, who finished 4th representing London Roar, broke the Canadian Record with his 1:55.10 performance today.

The Roar pulls farther ahead in the lead with the last-minute switch to swap in Scott, paying off as him and Knox went 1-4. As for Energy Standard, Stupin and Litchfield only managed a 5-8 finish, which hurt them bad in the team standings. Heintz came in clutch for the Cenutrions with his 2nd-place finish, yet Cseh finished in 7th to total 9 points. Bentz continues to be consistent for the Iron with yet another 3rd-place finish.


1. Katinka Hosszu – IRO – 2:04.16
2. Sydney Pickrem – LON – 2:04.34
3. Kayla Sanchez – ENS – 2:05.32
4. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – LON – 2:08.01
5. Fantine Lesaffre – ENS – 2:08.49
6. Zsuzsanna Jakabos – IRO – 2:08.73
7. Hannah Miley – AQC – 2:10.63
8. Franziska Hentke – AQC – 2:11.58

Sydney Pickrem would not let up on Katinka Hosszu, pushing her all the way to the finish. Hosszu established a new top time in the world this year, and Pickrem now sits at #2. Pickrem also broke the Canadian Record with her swim. Kayla Sanchez tried to remake her stellar last 50 from the 200 free yesterday, but ultimately was unable to run down Pickrem or Hosszu, and picked up a 3rd place finish for Energy Standard.

Hosszu put up a well-needed win for the Iron and continues the team’s momentum after a poor start on day one. Pickrem and O’Connor earned 12 points for the Roar and yet again upscale Energy Standard by 2 points. Unfortunately for the Centurions, they saw a familiar 7-8 finish that occurred frequently earlier in the season.


1. Szebasztian Szabo – IRO – 22.13
2. Chad le Clos – ENS – 22.56
3. Florent Manaudou – 22.64
4. Vini Lanza – LON – 23.03
5. Matteo Rivolta – AQC – 23.10
6. Krisrian Gkolomeev – AQC – 23.14
7. Adam Telegdy – IRO – 23.66
8. Kirill Prigoda – LON – 23.93

Szebasztian Szabo swam a new personal best to give Iron a 2nd event win in a row. He was explosiv off the start, carrying his momentum through the race and into a fast finish. With that race, Iron has now overtaken Aqua Centurions, moving into 3rd in the team standings.

Szabo picks up yet another win for the Iron, successfully increasing their chances of re-gaining their third-place position over the Centurions. Energy Standard utilized clutch swimmers le Clos and Manaudou, which benefitted the team with a 2-3 finish. For the Roar, the decision to use Prigoda did not go as planned as teammate Lanza and the breaststroker went 4-8 in this event.


1. Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 24.83
2. Marie Wattel – LON – 25.22
3. Jeanette – LON – 25.28
4. Anastasiya Shkudrai – ENS – 25.71
5. Elena di Liddo – AQC – 25.86
6. Silvia di Pietro – AQC – 26.05
7. Kimberly Buys – IRO – 26.07
8. Alia Atkinson – IRO – 26.49

Sarah Sjostrom picked up her first event win of the weekend, winning her 3rd consecutive 50 fly to remain undeafeated. Sjostrom picked up much needed points for Energy Standard, who are trying to claw their way back into first in the team standings. Sjostrom will be back for the Skins races, which could be the ultimate deciding factor on who gets to go to Las vegas.

After being outshined in the 50/100 free and 100 fly, Energy’s Sjostrom came back strong and earned 3-for-3 wins in this event for the whole season. While Roar’s Wattel/Ottesen grabbed 13 points with their 2-3 finish, Energy’s Shkurdai taking 4th actually gave the squad 14 points from this event.


1. Evgeny Rylov – ENS – 49.75
2. Guilherme Guido – LON – 49.86
3. Kliment Kolesnikov – ENS – 50.79
4. Christian Diener – LON – 50.83
5. Robert Glinta – IRO – 51.17
6. Simone Sabbioni – AQC – 51.38
7. Apostolos Christou – AQC – 51.68
8. Richard Bohus – IRO – 51.78

Evgeny Rylov never fails to impress, speeding home unbelievably fast off the last turn, overtaking Guido, who appeared to have built up an insurmountable lead. He gave Energy standard a much needed event win, and Kliment Kolesnikov cemented the race for ENS, touching 3rd. Christian Diener was keeping up with Guido early on, but faded, or rather was overtaken, to 4th on the last 50 meters.

Energy Standard continues to carry the momentum as Rylov successfully took out Roar’s Guido for the last backstroke title. Thanks to Russian countryman Kolesnikov, Energy earned a 15-point swing. While Glinta/Bohus went 5-8 in this event, it tied with the Centurions’ 6-7 finish.


1. Minna Atherton – LON – 55.29
2. Kira Toussaint – IRO – 55.58
3. Emily Seebohm – ENS – 56.49
4. Georgia Davies – ENS – 57.33
5. Margherita Panzierra – AQC – 57.47
6. Holly Barratt – LON – 57.98
7. Maria Ugolkova – IRO – 59.34
8. Silvia Scalla – AQC – 59.40

In one of the most anticipated races of the day, Minna Atherton got it done again after being pushed hard by Kira Toussaint of Iron on the back half. Atherton’s time was off her World Record from her last meet, but was still the 4th fastest time of all-time in the world. Kira Toussaint broke her own Dutch Record with a personal best here.

Iron’s Touissant looked to challenge Atherton, which benefitted the team as her 2nd-place finish allowed Iron to take over 3rd-place in the team standings. The Centurions were up-scaled in this event, as aforementioned in the team standings, with a 5-8 finish. Energy Standard showed a brilliant consistency with both representatives finishing 3-4 and allowing maximum point advantage.


1. London Roar 1 – 3:16.04
2. Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:16.38
3. Energy Standard 2 – 3:17.59
4. Energy Standard 1 – 3:18.94
5. Aqua Centurions 1 – 3:21.29
6. Iron 2 – 3:22.61
7. London Roar – 3:22.82
8. Iron 1 – 3:25.10

London Roar stacked their top relay, going for the win, and it paid off. The Roar swam the top time in the ISL this year, although, Cate Campbell has already raced a lot today, and the Skins races are now rapidly approaching. This race actually resulted in a 3-way tie for points among London Roar, Energy Standard, and Aqua Centurions, all of whom came out with 22 points. Iron scored 8.

While the Roar took first in this event, their B-relay finished all the way in 7th with breaststroker Peaty’s 50.73 split. The Aqua Centurions finished great in this event with a great 2-5 finish, worth 22 points. Energy Standard yet again went 3-4, showing how crucial depth is. And the Iron unfortunately did not show well in this relay with a 6-8 finish.


  1. London Roar – 406
  2. Energy Standard – 395.5
  3. Aqua Centurions – 303.5
  4. Iron – 292
  • Results after second session


1. Katinka Hosszu – IRO – 2:03.94
2. Franziska Hentke – AQC – 2:06.01
3. Holly Hibbott – LON – 2:06.93
4. Ilaria Bianchi – AQC – 2:07.56
5. Azuzsanna Jakabos – IRO – 2:07.64
6. Boglarka Kapas – LON – 2:07.76
7. Mary-Sophie Harvey – ENS – 2:08.21
8. Fantine Lesaffre – ENS – 2:11.05

Katinka Hosszu took the race over on the 3rd 50, opening up a gigantic lead over the field in her last race of the weekend. With this swim, Hosszu remains unbeaten in the ISl in the 400 IM, 200 IM, and 200 fly. Iron is still running out of room to break into the top 2 in the team standings, but Hosszu did everything she could for her team this weekend.

While the Iron Lady remained undefeated in this event, it was not enough to bring the Iron back up to third as they trail the Centurions’ 2-4 finish. Energy Standard took a big hit with a 7-8 finish, but don’t forget about the skins race coming up!


1. Chad le Clos – ENS – 1:51.97
2. Vini Lanza – LON – 1:52.90
3. James Guy – LON – 1:53.48
4. Gunnar Bentz – IRO – 1:53.77
5. Kregor Zirk – ENS – 1:54.45
6. Laszlo Cseh – AQC – 1:54.82
7. Matteo Rivolta – AQC – 1:56.81
8. Jeremy Desplanches – IRO – 1:57.31

Yes, le Clos is also undefeated in this event, but no it was not enough to bring Energy closer towards the Roar’s lead heading into the skins. Although a 6-7 finish from the Centurions, they remain ahead of the Iron despite Bentz’s 4th-place finish.



1. Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 23.51
2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – IRO – 23.69
3. Emma McKeon – LON – 23.70
4. Kayla Sanchez – ENS – 23.71
5. Cate Campbell – LON – 23.75
6. Freya Anderson – AQC – 24.31
7. Kim Busch – IRO – 24.40
8. Silvia di Pietro – AQC – 24.71

No real shockers here. Althoug, Kayla Sanchez did break the Canadian Record with her personal best. That marks the 3rd Canadian Record to fall today.

Mostly a predictable top 4, except for no Cate Campbell. Energy Standard could threaten the Roar as both Sanchez and Sjostrom made it to the double points round. Kromowidjojo’s chances of being undefeated look slim considering her performance in London thus far.


1. Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 23.95
2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – IRO – 24.19
3. Emma McKeon – LON – 24.30
4. Kayla Sanchez – ENS – 24.47

McKeon is knocked out for the Roar, missing out on the triple points round. Thanks to round one, while Sanchez is out Sjostrom is still in. This will be a race to watch as Sjostrom and Kromowidjojo are both undefeated in this event, until now.


1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – IRO – 24.19
2. Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 24.46

This is the first time that Sarah Sjostrom truly had a challenge in the finals of the skins. Fortunately for Kromowidjojo, the 2012 Olympic champion flexed hard in the London pool and deemed herself skins queen. This was a crucial win for the Iron as they now lead the Centurions for third.



1. Kristian Gkolomeev – AQC – 21.34
2. Florent Manaudou – ENS – 21.35
3. Vladimir Morozov – IRO – 21.46
4. Duncan Scott – LON – 21.46
5. Ben Proud – ENS – 21.48
6. Pieter Timmers – IRO – 21.54
7. Yuri Kisil – LON – 21.54
8. Vladislav Grinev – AQC – 21.73

We got one each in the men’s skins, with crucial members Scott (Roar), Morozov (Iron), Manaudou (Energy), and Glokomeev (Aqua).


1. Florent Manaudou – ENS – 21.94
2. Vladimir Morozov – IRO – 22.01
3. Duncan Scott – LON – 22.17
4. Kristian Gkolomeev – AQC – 22.51

Duncan Scott was bumped out, which is unfortunate for London, howver, they’ll still advance to the finals in Las Vegas.

And the Energy Standard have nearly sealed the derby title with Manaudou in and Scott bumped out.


1. Vladimir Morozov – IRO – 21.78
2. Florent Manaudou – ENS – 22.25

Morozov gave it one last hurrah for the Iron as they managed to snag a respectable third-place team effort. As for Manaudou, despite finishing second, his 21-point steal allowed Energy Standard to become the only undefeated ISL team thus far in the season.

  • Results from the third session


  1. Energy Standard – 467.5
  2. London Roar – 458.5
  3. Iron – 369.5
  4. Aqua Centurions – 335.5


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Any chance the Iron make it into Vegas? What needs to happen today for that?


More than miracle


A Festivas miracle


No chance. They are currently in 4th after Day 1 and they’re trailing London by 222 points (in aggregate across the season). What they need to happen is: * Iron gets 1st place. * London gets 4th. * They outscore London by 223 points _today_. This is *technically* possible. The maximum possible points a team could score today is 384 (14 individual events, 2 relays, 2 skins, assuming you go 1-2 in everything), and the minimum possible (assuming no DQs and no penalties) is 60, for a gain of 324. But like, Iron/London are not going to finish 1-2-7-8 in every event today. If they even drop to as low as 2-3 for Iron in every event, that’s only scoring… Read more »

NVM, what Barry said.


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http://crichd.ws/update/euro2.php if nothing else works


The way Peaty powers through the water, damn. If he improves his starts and pullouts to be equal to the field, he would be a monster


I’m sure if he were able to make improvements, he would have already done so. I suppose you could say that if all the other swimmers could just improve their swimming, they’d be monsters. If it were easy to improve, everyone would be breaking WRs.

Peaty has had sub par pullouts since he’s been on the world scene. I doubt we’re all of a sudden going to see big improvements from him at this point, but maybe I’m wrong.


To be fair, up until now, short course hasn’t been much of a priority for a lot of swimmers, even in Europe. And it’s not like he’s ‘needed’ killer pullouts so far to become the best breaststroker of all time… Depending on how the league will evolve, he might put more of an emphasis on developing a more effective solution for his underwaters now.


@artvandelegh10 Yup that’s fair. But given the lead he has over the rest of the world in LCM now (due to his over the water speed), I would think his next step in getting faster/project 55 would be to focus more on his starts and pullouts which I think have the potential to make the biggest difference in his time (and I think might be easier to improve on than ‘swimming faster’). This is on the assumption that his swimming speed is pretty much at/near the max he can reach, which I might be wrong about.


The Lord couldn’t max out all the stats when he made Peaty. I think he’s doing okay.


Ok, boomer… He’s already a monster.

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