2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 9
- Thursday, September 23 – Friday, September 24
- 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Local Time)
- Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
- Teams Competing: Energy Standard, London Roar, Toronto Titans, DC Trident
- Omega Live Results
- Match 9 Preview
- Day 1 Recap
Day Two Lane Assignments:
- Lanes 1&2: DC Trident (DCT)
- Lanes 3&4: Energy Standard (ENS)
- Lanes 5&6: London Roar (LON)
- Lanes 7&8: Toronto Titans (TOR)
TEAM POINTS UPDATE – DAY 1
- Energy Standard – 300.5 points
- London Roar – 227.0 points
- DC Trident – 193.0 points
- Toronto Titans – 185.5 points
As Energy Standard enters day two of their last regular season match on top, they have decided to play around with event line-ups in efforts to maintain their lead. Meanwhile, both women’s and men’s skins events will the the 50 back, raising the stakes for any backstroker swimming today.
Energy Standard’s Femke Heemskerk will take over for Sarah Sjostrom in the 100 free alongside Siobhan Haughey. During the medley relays yesterday, Sjostrom had actually out-split Heemskerk 51.03 to 51.68. For this match, however, Sjostrom will instead take on the 100 IM for the first time this season as well as the 50 fly. Last season, Sjostrom had the third-fastest time in the league at 57.74.
Taking over for Chad le Clos in the 50 fly will be Florent Manaudou, who placed fourth during yesterday’s 50 free. This will be Manaudou’s only swim of the day. Today, le Clos will swim his usual 200 fly but will also take on the 200 free next to Kregor Zirk. Hopefully le Clos can boost Energy’s points in the event against the likes of London’s Duncan Scott after their 7-8 finish from match eight. That match, le Clos placed sixth in the 50 fly after placing second in the 200 fly.
London Roar’s Minna Atherton and Kira Toussaint will headline both the women’s 100 back and 50 back skins events today. Yesterday, Toussaint placed fourth in the 200 back before finishing third in the 50 back. Atherton only swam the 50 back yesterday, placing fifth overall. Also swimming the 50 back skins will be Toronto’s Kylie Masse and Michelle Coleman as well as Energy’s Mary-Sophie Harvey and DC’s Ali DeLoof and Linnea Mack. Masse won the 50 back as DeLoof picked up second-place points. During match eight’s 50 back skins, Harvey and Toussaint placed second and third respectively in the semi-final round.
In the men’s 50 back skins, along with Andreas Vazaios, fly/free specialist Ryan Hoffer will flip on his back for the DC Trident. Both Hoffer and Vazaios will swim the 50 fly while Vazaios has also added the 100 IM today. Yesterday, Hoffer placed third in the 50 free while Vazaios took another ISL career win in the 200 IM.
The DC duo will be up against heavyweight duos Kliment Kolesnikov and Evgeny Rylov of Energy Standard, Christian Diener and Guilherme Guido of London, and Toronto’s Shane Ryan and Grigori Pekarski. Yesterday, Guido swam the only sub-23 time to win the event as Ryan and Rylov rounded out the top three times.