2020 International Swimming League – Match 4
- Monday, October 26: 3 PM-5 PM Local Time (10 AM-12 noon U.S. Eastern, 11 PM-1 AM J+1 Japan)
- Tuesday, October 27: 3 PM-5 PM Local Time (10 AM-12 noon U.S. Eastern, 11 PM-1 AM J+1 Japan)
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- Short Course Meters (SCM) format
- ISL Technical Handbook
- 2020 ISL Scoring Format
- 2020 ISL Prize Money and Bonuses
- How To Watch
- Match 4 Full Results
- Teams: Cali Condors / DC Trident / Iron / NY Breakers
Thank you to Barry Revzin for the analysis.
Match 4 of the regular International Swimming League championship season was dominated by Cali Condors but Iron and NY Breakers put on a good show in the battle for second place. The teams were separated by only 9.5 points headed into the final event, the men’s 50 breast skins race. Iron’s Emre Sakci won all three rounds, sealing his team’s second-place finish. But had the Breakers gotten Marco Koch and Michael Andrew, who both made the semi-final cutoff, into the final instead of Sakci and Cali Condors’ Caeleb Dressel, the Breakers would have finished in second place by 7.5 points over Iron.
Six of the teams have now competed twice; the other four have only one match under their belts. With their Match 4 win, Cali Condors have moved ahead of LA Current to lead the league standings with 8 points. Iron second runner-up finish has given them a total of 6 points, tying them with Current for second place overall. Breakers have moved to the middle of the pack with DC Trident, Energy Standard, and Tokyo Frog Kings.
League Standings After Match 4
|Rank||Club||Club Code||Matches Played||Match 1||Match 2||Match 3||Match 4||Standings Points|
|=5||Tokyo Frog Kings||TOK||1||3||3|
How Standings Work
In the regular championship season, clubs earn points from participating in matches according to the following principle:
- 1st place – 4 points
- 2nd place – 3 points
- 3rd place – 2 points
- 4th place – 1 point
At the conclusion of the ten regular-season championship matches, the top 8 teams will advance to the semifinals. From there, the top 4 teams will advance to the final where the winner of the 2020 ISL season will be determined. (Unlike in individual races, there are no team jackpot points; a team won’t gain extra points for winning a match by a huge margin.)
One change from last year’s ISL is that there are no divisions by continent (that we know of). Last year those continental divisions allowed the top 2 American teams and top 2 European teams to move onto the semifinals. This means that this season the top 8 teams overall, regardless of continent, will move onto the semifinals. A second change from last year is the addition of 2 new ISL teams, bringing the total number of competing teams to 10.