2021 ISL Final: Day 1 Live Recap

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 18 – LEAGUE FINAL

The 2021 ISL Final has arrived, as the Cali Condors aim to repeat as champions and Energy Standard vies to take back the trophy after becoming the inaugural title winners in 2019.

The London Roar and LA Current will battle to win their first ISL title in franchise history. London finished second in Season 1 and third last year, while the Current have had back-to-back fourth-place showings.

The Roar will notably be without star backstroker Kira Toussaint, who is out with illness (having testing negative for COVID-19), while Cali hasn’t entered Caeleb Dressel in the men’s 50 freestyle—one of the events in which he set the world record in during the 2020 final.

Dressel will race the 100 fly individually to go along with both relays.

For a preview of the match, click here.

Women’s 100 Fly

  1. Kelsi Dahlia (CAC), 54.59 WR
  2. Emma McKeon (LON), 55.66
  3. Marie Wattel (LON), 56.01
  4. Sarah Sjostrom (ENS), 56.17
  5. Anna Ntountounaki (LAC), 56.26
  6. Erika Brown (CAC), 56.29
  7. Madeline Banic (ENS), 57.07
  8. -Mikaela Dahlke (LAC), DNS

Kelsi Dahlia got the Cali Condors off to an incredible start in the ISL Final, breaking the world record in the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 54.59. Dahlia’s swim lowers the previous mark of 54.61, set by Sarah Sjostrom in 2014.

Dahlia also lowers her American (54.84) and ISL Records (54.89) while scoring 12 points for the Condors, while London went 2-3 with Emma McKeon (55.66) and Marie Wattel (56.01).

Sjostrom was fourth for Energy Standard in 56.17.

Men’s 100 Fly

  1. Tom Shields (LAC), 49.03
  2. Caeleb Dressel (CAC), 49.23
  3. Chad Le Clos (ENS), 49.54
  4. Vini Lanza (LON), 49.91
  5. Tomoe Hvas (LAC), 50.27
  6. Marcin Cieslak (CAC), 50.29
  7. Edward Mildred (LON), 50.94
  8. James Guy (ENS), 51.15

After the LA Current finished with a net zero points in the first event (due to a DNS), Tom Shields got them on the board in a big way in the men’s 100 fly, winning in a time of 49.03.

Shields remains undefeated in the event in Eindhoven, having gone three-for-three in the playoffs. He has been as fast as 48.78 this season.

Caeleb Dressel, the fastest Season 3 swimmer at 48.53, took second in 49.23, closing faster than anyone (26.04) after a relatively pedestrian opening 50 of 23.19.

Dressel set the world record in this event during last season’s final (47.78), but doesn’t appear to be at his best here, which could be costly for Cali’s chances of repeating.

Chad Le Clos (49.54) and Vini Lanza (49.91) were also sub-50 for Energy Standard and London, respectively.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 25.0
  2. London Roar, 20.0
  3. LA Current, 14.0
  4. Energy Standard, 11.0

Women’s 200 Back

  • World Record: 1:58.94, Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2020
  • ISL Record: 1:59.25, Minna Atherton (AUS), 2019
  1. Beata Nelson (CAC), 2:00.33
  2. Anastasiya Shkurdai (ENS), 2:01.51
  3. Ingrid Wilm (LAC), 2:02.38
  4. Minna Atherton (LON), 2:02.44
  5. Kathleen Baker (LAC), 2:03.25
  6. Hali Flickinger (CAC), 2:04.53
  7. Mary-Sophie Harvey (ENS), 2:05.53
  8. Katie Shanahan (LON), 2:07.08

Beata Nelson extended Cali’s early lead in the match with a big victory in the women’s 200 backstroke, producing the fastest time of the season in 2:00.33 to come within three-tenths of the American Record.

Nelson has now won the event seven times this season, with her previous fastest time coming back in Match 7 of the regular season in 2:00.55. She jackpotted two swimmers to score 12 points.

Energy Standard’s Anastasiya Shkurdai placed second in 2:01.51, breaking her Belarusian National Record for a third time this season, and LA’s Ingrid Wilm picked up third in 2:02.38.

With Kira Toussaint out of action, Minna Atherton placed fourth for London in 2:02.44.

Men’s 200 Back

  1. Evgeny Rylov (ENS), 1:47.88
  2. Ryan Murphy (LAC), 1:48.12
  3. Christian Diener (LON), 1:49.25
  4. Luke Greenbank (LON), 1:50.38
  5. Apostolos Christou (LAC), 1:50.75
  6. Coleman Stewart (CAC), 1:51.11
  7. Brodie Williams (CAC), 1:52.75
  8. Travis Mahoney (ENS), 1:52.92

Evgeny Rylov got Energy Standard on the board with the club’s first win of the match in the men’s 200 back, opening up the early lead and ultimately holding off LA’s Ryan Murphy in a time of 1:47.88.

Rylov has clearly hit his taper nicely, with his last win in the event coming back in the third playoff match in 1:51.47. His time from tonight is also the fastest of the season, overtaking Murphy’s 1:48.10 from last week.

Murphy was .02 off his season-best in 1:48.12 for second, while London’s Christian Diener (1:49.25) and Luke Greenbank (1:50.38) went 3-4 to get some points for the Roar.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 43.0
  2. London Roar, 36.0
  3. LA Current, 35.0
  4. Energy Standard, 30.0

Women’s 200 Breast

  • World Record: 2:14.57, Rebecca Soni (USA), 2009
  • ISL Record: 2:15.56, Lilly King (USA), 2020
  1. Lilly King (CAC), 2:17.06
  2. Emily Escobedo (CAC), 2:18.00
  3. Annie Lazor (LAC), 2:18.37
  4. Evgeniia Chikunova (ENS), 2:19.56
  5. Kotryna Teterevkova (LAC), 2:21.19
  6. Sydney Pickrem (LON), 2:21.79
  7. Viktoriya Gunes (ENS), 2:23.12
  8. Sara Francheschi (LAC), 2:27.18

Lilly King and Emily Escobedo got the job done for the Condors in the women’s 200 breast, going 1-2 to score 19 points and extend the team lead to 17 points.

King opened up a huge lead on the opening 50, and after Escobedo and London’s Annie Lazor made up some ground on the middle 100, King closed well to touch first by almost a full second in 2:17.06.

King has now won the event seven times this season, with her fastest coming back in the fourth playoff match at 2:16.47.

Energy Standard’s Evgeniia Chikunova, who has been as fast as 2:17.57 this season, was two seconds off of that for fourth in 2:19.56.

Men’s 200 Breast

  • World Record: 2:00.16, Kirill Prigoda (RUS), 2018
  • ISL Record: 2:00.58, Marco Koch (GER), 2020
  1. Nic Fink (CAC), 2:02.41
  2. Ilya Shymanovich (ENS), 2:02.44
  3. Christopher Rothbauer (LAC), 2:05.48
  4. Charlie Swanson (ENS), 2:05.96
  5. Ross Murdoch (LON), 2:06.02
  6. Kevin Cordes (CAC), 2:06.07
  7. Tom Dean (LON), 2:09.81
  8. Abrahm DeVine (LAC), 2:13.65

Nic Fink used a huge last 50 to earn the Condors their fourth win early on here in the ISL Final, splitting 31.00 to run down Energy Standard’s Ilya Shymanovich and earn the win by .03 in 2:02.41.

Fink finishes just over two-tenths shy of his own American Record (2:02.20) while scoring a 12-point jackpot for Cali, while Shymanovich (2:02.44) is denied his sixth win in the event this season.

The rest of the field was well back of those two, with LA’s Christopher Rothbauer earning third in 2:05.48.

The Condors have now opened up a 28-point gap, while the other three clubs are all within five points of one another.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 77.0
  2. London Roar, 49.0
  3. Energy Standard, 47.0
  4. LA Current, 44.0

Women’s 4×100 Free Relay

  • World Record: 3:26.53, Netherlands, 2014
  • ISL Record: 3:25.37, Energy Standard, 2020
  1. Energy Standard, 3:27.87
  2. London Roar, 3:29.13
  3. Cali Condors, 3:29.17
  4. LA Current, 3:31.11
  5. Cali Condors, 3:33.50
  6. Energy Standard, 3:39.39
  7. London Roar, 3:41.56
  8. LA Current, 3:52.46

With all four clubs appearing to stack their ‘A’ relays with their best swimmers, Energy Standard had three 51-second splits to earn a comfortable win in the women’s 400 free relay, clocking 3:27.87 to fall just shy of their fastest this season (3:27.65).

Siobhan Haughey led off in a blistering 51.06, and Femke Heemskerk (51.88) and Sarah Sjostrom (51.85) also had sub-52 legs.

London took second in 3:29.13, with Emma McKeon anchoring in 51.02 to run down Cali (3:29.17), who had Natalie Hinds swimming the fourth leg in 51.81.

Abbey Weitzeil anchored in 51.84 for fourth-place LA, and Cali had the fastest ‘B’ squad to take fifth and be the only club to score with both of their teams.

So despite Energy Standard winning and getting a jackpot, they only outscored Cali by eight points. Energy’s ‘B’ club also had -2 points (along with London and LA) for missing the cut-off time.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 97.0
  2. Energy Standard, 75.0
  3. London Roar, 61.0
  4. LA Current, 52.0

Men’s 50 Free

  1. Ben Proud (ENS), 20.40
  2. Kyle Chalmers (LON), 20.96
  3. Justin Ress (CAC), 21.00
  4. Kristian Gkolomeev (LAC), 21.07
  5. Kliment Kolesnikov (ENS), 21.10
  6. Dylan Carter (LON), 21.15
  7. Jesse Puts (CAC), 21.30
  8. Maxime Rooney (LAC), 21.35

Ben Proud looked unbelievable in winning the men’s 50 freestyle, using a sizzling start to open up an early lead and fly to a new British Record in 20.40, clearing his own mark of 20.64 set during the playoffs.

Proud, a member of Energy Standard, was over half a second clear of the runner-up, London’s Kyle Chalmers (20.96), and scores 12 points for the club, jackpotting two athletes.

With Caeleb Dressel absent, Justin Ress was third for Cali in 21.00, though their other swimmer, Jesse Puts, got jackpotted.

Women’s 50 Free

  • World Record: 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 2017
  • ISL Record: 23.08, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2021
  1. Sarah Sjostrom (ENS), 23.27
  2. Abbey Weitzeil (LAC), 23.83
  3. Emma McKeon (LON), 23.88
  4. Erika Brown (CAC), 24.06
  5. Femke Heemskerk (ENS), 24.15
  6. Maaike de Waard (CAC), 24.16
  7. Madison Wilson (LAC), 24.24
  8. Kim Busch (LON), 24.27

Sarah Sjostrom reeled off a third consecutive win for Energy Standard in the women’s 50 free, bringing the club within four points of the Condors for the overall lead.

Sjostrom, just minutes out of splitting 51.8 on the 400 free relay, easily handled the field in a time of 23.27, her seventh 50 free win of the campaign. The Swede set a new ISL Record of 23.08 in the third playoff match.

Abbey Weitzeil (23.83) edged Emma McKeon (23.88) for second, though both LA and London failed to score with their other swimmers due to Sjostrom’s jackpot

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 111.0
  2. Energy Standard, 107.0
  3. London Roar, 77.0
  4. LA Current, 64.0

Men’s 200 IM

  • World Record: 1:49.63, Ryan Lochte (USA), 2012
  • ISL Record: 1:50.76, Daiya Seto (JPN), 2019
  1. Duncan Scott (LON), 1:51.53
  2. Tomoe Hvas (LAC), 1:53.46
  3. Javier Acevedo (LAC), 1:53.80
  4. Vini Lanza (LON), 1:54.02
  5. Jose Angel Martinez (CAC), 1:54.64
  6. Andrey Zhilkin (ENS), 1:56.15
  7. Brodie Williams (CAC), 1:57.32
  8. Travis Mahoney (ENS), 1:57.37

After winning the event four times in 1:52s, Duncan Scott blew by his British Record in the men’s 200 IM in a time of 1:51.53, winning by almost two seconds while picking up a crucial 15-point jackpot for London.

Scott was one second ahead of LA’s Tomoe Hvas at the 150, and then closed in a blistering 26.69 to extend the lead and win easily.

Hvas and Javier Acevedo went 2-3 for the LA Current, while Energy Standard didn’t put any points on the board.

Women’s 200 IM

  • World Record: 2:01.86, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2014
  • ISL Record: 2:03.93, Yui Ohashi (JPN), 2020
  1. Sydney Pickrem (LON), 2:05.79
  2. Mary-Sophie Harvey (ENS), 2:06.01
  3. Beata Nelson (CAC), 2:06.42
  4. Anastasia Gorbenko (LAC), 2:07.14
  5. Viktoriya Gunes (ENS), 2:07.44
  6. Hali Flickinger (CAC), 2:08.65
  7. Katie Shanahan (LON), 2:09.65
  8. Sara Franceschi (LAC), 2:12.91

Sydney Pickrem carried the momentum forward for London, holding off Energy Standard’s Mary-Sophie Harvey and Cali’s Beata Nelson to win the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:05.79.

Pickrem, who wins the event for a fifth time this season, was followed by Harvey (2:06.01) and Nelson (2:06.42), with LA’s Anastasia Gorbenko (2:07.14) giving each club one spot in the top four.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 124.0
  2. Energy Standard, 118.0
  3. London Roar, 109.0
  4. LA Current, 82.0

Men’s 50 Breast

  • World Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) / Ilya Shymanovich (BLR), 2009 / 2021
  • ISL Record: 25.29, Emre Sakci (TUR), 2020
  1. Nic Fink (CAC), 25.72
  2. Ilya Shymanovich (ENS), 25.81
  3. Felipe Lima (ENS), 25.95
  4. Christopher Rothbauer (LAC), 26.75
  5. Sam Williamson (LON), 26.91
  6. Ross Murdoch (LON), 27.00
  7. Kevin Cordes (CAC), 27.03
  8. Tomoe Hvas (LAC), 29.80

After edging him out in the 200 breast, Nic Fink pulled off a massive upset over Ilya Shymanovich in the men’s 50 breast, breaking the American Record in a time of 25.72.

Shymanovich, who tied the world record in this race last month in 25.25, was second in 25.81, and his Energy Standard teammate Felipe Lima was also sub-26 in 25.95.

Fink scored a 19-point jackpot with the win, something Shymanovich has been doing in dominant fashion throughout the playoffs. This will be a big swing in Cali’s favor in the overall team race.

Women’s 50 Breast

  1. Alia Atkinson (LON), 29.15
  2. Lilly King (CAC), 29.44
  3. Benedetta Pilato (ENS), 29.56
  4. Imogen Clark (LAC), 29.59
  5. Molly Hannis (CAC), 29.63
  6. Siobhan Haughey (ENS), 29.97
  7. Kotryna Teterevkova (LAC), 30.40
  8. Freya Anderson (LON), 30.63

Alia Atkinson denied Lilly King a second breaststroke win of the day in the women’s 50, clocking 29.15 to tie the fastest swim this season. King was 29.15 back in Match 4.

Energy Standard’s Benedetta Pilato missed the entire playoffs but returns here with a third-place finish in 29.56, edging LA’s Imogen Clark and Cali’s Molly Hannis (29.63).

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

  • World Record: 3:03.03, United States, 2018
  • ISL Record: 3:02.78, Energy Standard, 2020
  1. Cali Condors, 3:04.82
  2. London Roar, 3:04.84
  3. LA Current, 3:06.01
  4. Energy Standard, 3:07.85
  5. Energy Standard, 3:07.93
  6. London Roar, 3:14.42
  7. LA Current, 3:15.88
  8. Cali Condors, 3:19.44

In a massive points swing, the Cali Condors came back to win the men’s 400 free relay in 3:04.82, with Justin Ress anchoring in 45.43 to help the club out-touch London by .02.

Dressel had a solid 45.99 split swimming second for Cali, as they score 30 points with the win (and give up two for their ‘B’ team) to extend the overall lead to 24 points.

London had the top lead-off from Kyle Chalmers (45.80), but couldn’t hang on at the end and take second, while LA was third (3:06.01) and Energy Standard fourth (3:07.85).

If London had won the race over Cali, they’d only trail Energy Standard by seven points, but instead, they find themselves down by 23.

As the only to score with both relay teams, Energy Standard compiles the second-most points in the event with 18.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 182.0
  2. Energy Standard, 158.0
  3. London Roar, 135.0
  4. LA Current, 101.0

Women’s 50 Back

  1. Ingrid Wilm (LAC), 26.24
  2. Anastasiya Shkurdai (ENS), 26.28
  3. Maaike de Waard (CAC), 26.31
  4. Simona Kubova (ENS), 26.38
  5. Minna Atherton (LON), 26.45
  6. Olivia Smoliga (CAC), 26.53
  7. Kathleen Baker (LAC), 27.06
  8. Emma McKeon (LON), 27.38

In a race that would’ve been a near-lock for London’s Kira Toussaint to win, it was LA’s Ingrid Wilm winning the razor-thin women’s 50 back in a time of 26.24, nabbing Energy Standard’s Anastasiya Shkurdai (26.28) at the wall.

Despite her incredible season, this was only Wilm’s second individual 50 back win of the season, and her first time winning solo, having tied with Toussaint in Match 8 of the regular season.

In Toussaint’s absence, London used Emma McKeon, who finished eighth and got jackpotted by Wilm to score zero points.

Men’s 50 Back

  • World Record: 22.22, Florent Manaudou (FRA), 2014
  • ISL Record: 22.53, Ryan Murphy (USA), 2021
  1. Ryan Murphy (LAC), 22.56
  2. Evgeny Rylov (ENS), 22.59
  3. Coleman Stewart (CAC), 22.98
  4. Christian Diener (LON), 23.06
  5. Guilherme Guido (LON), 23.20
  6. Javier Acevedo (LAC), 23.71
  7. Travis Mahoney (ENS), 24.31
  8. Jose Angel Martinez (CAC), 25.42

Ryan Murphy got one back over Evgeny Rylov in the men’s 50 back, blasting his way to a time of 22.56 to fall just .03 off his American and ISL Record set during the playoffs.

Rylov (22.59) surprisingly finishes the season ha ing never won the 50 back, while Cali’s Coleman Stewart joined them under 23 seconds in 22.98, a positive sign moving into the medley relay (and tomorrow’s 100 back) for the Condors.

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 196.0
  2. Energy Standard, 177.0
  3. London Roar, 148.0
  4. LA Current, 128.0

Women’s 400 Free

  • World Record: 3:53.92, Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2018
  • ISL Record: 3:54.06, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2019
  1. Siobhan Haughey (ENS), 3:58.80
  2. Hali Flickinger (CAC), 3:58.91
  3. Freya Anderson (LON), 3:59.96
  4. Helena Rosendahl Bach (ENS), 4:05.12
  5. Madison Wilson (LAC), 4:06.51
  6. Valentine Dumont (LAC), 4:06.55
  7. Kathrin Demler (CAC), 4:06.60
  8. Sydney Pickrem (LON), 4:13.70

Siobhan Haughey secured the early checkpoint points for Energy Standard and then managed to fend off a late charge from Cali’s Hali Flickinger, winning the women’s 400 free for the seventh time this season in 3:58.80.

Flickinger, who has won the event twice since joining the Condors in the playoffs, breaks 4:00 for the first time in Season 3 in 3:58.91, taking second and scoring 10 points for Cali.

London’s Freya Anderson joined them sub-4:00 in 3:59.96, adding 10 points for the Roar.

Men’s 400 Free

  • World Record: 3:32.25, Yannick Agnel (FRA), 2012
  • ISL Record: 3:35.49, Danas Rapsys (LTU), 2020
  1. Tom Dean (LON), 3:40.67
  2. Townley Haas (CAC), 3:40.82
  3. Kregor Zirk (ENS), 3:41.69
  4. Eddie Wang (CAC), 3:42.82
  5. Duncan Scott (LON), 3:43.82
  6. James Guy (ENS), 3:43.99
  7. Martin Malyutin (LAC), 3:46.15
  8. Fernando Scheffer (LAC), 3:46.25

Fernando Scheffer attacked the men’s 400 free early, earning the checkpoint bonus by opening things up in 49.58 at the 100m mark. Despite finishing eighth in the heat, Scheffer still scored 10 points—the most in the field—for LA.

Tom Dean and Townley Haas cruised through the opening stages but were there at the end, fighting all the way to the wall for the victory, with Dean emerging for London in 3:40.67.

Dean scored nine points for the Roar, while Haas, who was eighth at the 200 (1:49.40) but really came on strong down the stretch, was just behind in 3:40.82 to be the runner-up.

Duncan Scott, who was won this event three times this season for London, was back in fifth in 3:43.82, but by turning second at the 100, he still scores eight points (compared to nine for Dean and seven for Haas).

Match Standings

  1. Cali Condors, 220.0
  2. Energy Standard, 211.0
  3. London Roar, 174.0
  4. LA Current, 149.0

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

  • World Record: 3:44.52, United States, 2020
  • ISL Record: 3:44.52, Cali Condors, 2020
  1. Energy Standard, 3:48.11
  2. London Roar, 3:48.45
  3. LA Current, 3:49.94
  4. Cali Condors, 3:50.54
  5. Energy Standard, 3:51.60
  6. LA Current, 3:56.01
  7. London Roar, 3:57.32
  8. -Cali Condors, DQ

In a shocking turning of events, the Cali Condors were disqualified in the women’s 400 medley relay after initially touching first, giving Energy Standard the victory and as a result, their first lead of the match.

The DQ was reportedly due to Lilly King having a one-hand touch during the third turn of her breaststroke leg.

With the change, Energy Standard scores 38 points, a 50-point swing in their favor, having finished in 3:48.11. The club had sizzling back-half splits from Anastasiya Shkurdai (55.36) and Sarah Sjostrom (51.11) on fly and free.

London ends up second in 3:48.45, with a 51.17 anchor from Emma McKeon, and LA takes third in 3:49.94. Cali only salvages 10 points with their ‘B’ squad finishing fourth.

Match Standings

  1. Energy Standard, 249.0
  2. Cali Condors, 226.0
  3. London Roar, 188.0
  4. LA Current, 161.0

Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

  • World Record: 3:19.16, Russia, 2009
  • ISL Record: 3:18.28, Energy Standard, 2020
  1. Cali Condors, 3:19.64
  2. Energy Standard, 3:20.61
  3. London Roar, 3:23.51
  4. LA Current, 3:23.75
  5. Energy Standard, 3:25.05
  6. London Roar, 3:25.41
  7. LA Current, 3:26.39
  8. Cali Condors, 3:29.27

The Cali Condors issued an immediate response to their women’s team getting DQed one event earlier, as the men’s team powered to a big win in a new American Record time of 3:19.64.

The team was made up of four Americans: Coleman Stewart (49.62), Nic Fink (55.21), Caeleb Dressel (49.01) and Justin Ress (45.80). They managed to erase the previous American Record of 3:19.98, set by Ryan Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Dressel and Ryan Held at the 2018 SC World Championships.

The Condors scored 24 points for the win, jackpotting two clubs, though one was their ‘B’ squad.

Fink notably outsplit Ilya Shymanovich (55.38) on breast, as Energy Standard finished a clear second in 3:20.61, with Chad Le Clos throwing down a swift 48.92 fly leg for tops in the field.

Kyle Chalmers had the fastest freestyle split (45.78) for third-place London (3:23.51), while Evgeny Rylov was a blistering 48.98 on the lead-off leg of Energy Standard’s ‘B’ relay that finished fifth.

With Energy Standard getting two relays to put up points, Cali only outscores them by two here, giving Energy a 21-point advantage heading into Day 2.

Match Standings

  1. Energy Standard, 271.0
  2. Cali Condors, 250.0
  3. London Roar, 206.0
  4. LA Current, 171.0

SKINS SELECTIONS

Women’s Picks

  • LA eliminates butterfly
  • London eliminates freestyle
  • Energy Standard selects backstroke

Men’s Picks

  • London eliminates breaststroke
  • Energy Standard eliminates freestyle
  • Cali selects butterfly

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Joel
8 months ago

Change of subject – why isn’t McKeon on the cover of swimming world magazine with Dressel if they were both names swimmers of the year?

Troyy
Reply to  Joel
8 months ago

They usually only put the one on there. Did you honestly think they’d choose the Australian over the American?

Sub13
Reply to  Troyy
8 months ago

This. SwimSwam decided to put Caeleb on two covers this year instead of putting McKeon on one despite her winning more medals. They’re aiming at an American audience.

swimfan1234567
Reply to  Sub13
8 months ago

Caeleb had more golds and 2 world records with 2 Olympic records

ddd
8 months ago

Nick Fink became a god.

jamesjabc
8 months ago

London doing about as well as they can without Kira, with the free relay being the only major misfire. They obviously can’t win but if they swim well tomorrow they should clear LA by 50+ points.

jamesjabc
8 months ago

LOL ISL’s instagram story shows the Cali men saying “in any other year that would have been a world record”

fdoc14
8 months ago

Did Georgia Davies just retire?

Admin
Reply to  fdoc14
8 months ago

Not sure I caught that?

Fdoc14
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 months ago

Have a look at Femke’s instagram story

Sub13
8 months ago

Incerti was on the start list but then disappeared. Is he sick as well?

London having very bad luck with swimmer health/availability, and then losing a crucial jackpot in the free relay and they’re absolutely toast. Chalmers and Scott both swam much slower than they’re capable of in all of their freestyle events today.

SwimSider
Reply to  Sub13
8 months ago

Covid??

Swimmer.thingz
8 months ago

Nick Fink poping off

Wow
8 months ago

After watching the video of it, that was nothing even remotely close to a one-hand touch. SMH.

Overhead view
Reply to  Wow
8 months ago

The replay is up, if you go to 1:51.23 you can see its a 2 hand touch. Terrible call.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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