2021 ISL Playoffs: Match 3, Day 2 Live Recap


  • Thursday, November 18th – Friday, November 19th
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm local time; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  • Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
  • ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
  • Omega Results
  • Day 1 Live Recap
  • Teams Competing: Energy Standard, Toronto Titans, Aqua Centurions, DC Trident

Energy Standard has developed a solid 62-point lead over the Toronto Titans and the Aqua Centurions after the first day of competition of the 3rd match of the 2021 ISL playoffs. Nonetheless, Energy Standard is the heavy favorite to capture the victory here, following last week’s narrow defeat by the Cali Condors. Toronto and the Aqua Centurions are in a close battle for 2nd which could go either way.

Team Points: Day 1

  1. ENS: 284
  2. TOR: 222
  3. AQC: 212
  4. DCT: 186

Women’s 100 Freestyle

  1. Siobhan Haughey (ENS), 51.11 – 15 points
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (ENS), 51.34 – 7 points
  3. Kasia Wasick (TOR), 52.03 – 6 points
  4. Michelle Coleman (TOR), 52.16 – 5 points
  5. Anna Hopkin (DCT), 52.44 – 4 points
  6. Isabella Hindley (DCT), 53.27 – JP
  7. Siliva di Pietro (AQC), 53.36 – JP
  8. Lidon Munoz del Campo (AQC), 53.70 – JP

Energy Standard’s Siobhan Haughey blasted it out fast, turning first and holding onto the lead. DC’s Anna Hopkin appeared to have 2nd place in the bag but was run down by Energy’s Sarah Sjostrom in the final 25 meters while Hopkin faded to 5th, getting beaten by both Toronto swimmers. Haughey earned 6 jackpot points which, combined with Sjostrom’s 7 points for 2nd place, gives Energy Standard 22 points, Toronto 11 points, Iron 8 points, and the Aqua Centurions 0 points. This single event broadens Toronto’s lead over Aqua from 10 points to 22 points.

Men’s 100 Freestyle

  1. SHCHEGOLEV Aleksandr (DCT), 46.38 – 9 points
  2. MIRESSI Alessandro (AQC), 46.61 – 7 points
  3. GRINEV Vladislav (AQC), 46.81 – 6 points
  4. BARRETT Adam (ENS), 47.13 – 5 points
  5. ZAZZERI Lorenzo (TOR), 47.40 – 4 points
  6. KISIL Yuri (TOR), 47.50 – 3 points
  7. STJEPANOVIC Velimir (DCT), 47.76 – 2 points
  8. MIGNON Clement (ENS), 4792 – 1 point

DC’s Aleksandr Shchegolev surged over the final 50 meters to capture the victory from lane 8, out-touching leader Alessandro Miressi from the Aqua Centurions. Aqua’s Vladislav Grinev managed to finish 3rd, giving Aqua a total of 13 points in the race, out-scoring DC who comes away with 11 due to a 7th-place finish from Velimir Stjepanovic. Energy Standard earns a mere 6 points while Toronto earns 7.

Women’s 200 Butterfly

  1. STEPHENS Laura TOR 2:05.86
  2. ROSENDAHL BACH Helena ENS 2:06.69
  3. JAKABOS Zsuzsanna  DCT 2:07.31
  4. POLIERI Alessia  AQC 2:07.50
  5. McINTOSH Summer TOR 2:07.70
  6. GUNES Viktoriya ENS 2:07.81
  7. NAZIEBLO Klaudia DCT 2:08.18
  8. TAYLOR Laura AQC 2:11.42

Summer McIntosh was out with an early lead but it was Toronto’s Laura Stephens that reeled her in, despite turning 7th at the 50-meter turn and 6th at the 100-meter turn. McIntosh, meanwhile, faded to 5th. In any case, Toronto emerges with 14 points total after Stephens captures a 1-point jackpot from Aqua’s Laura Taylor. Energy Standard earns a solid 10 points while DC comes away with 8 points. Tough DC came into the day at 4th they have quickly made up a lot of ground on the Aqua Centurions.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

  1. HARTING Zach  DCT 1:51.74
  2. RAZZETTI Alberto  TOR 1:51.88
  3. MURPHY Camden DCT 1:52.40
  4. de DEUS Leonardo  AQC 1:52.55
  5. ZIRK Kregor ENS 1:52.71
  6. KALISZ Chase AQC 1:53.17
  7. GUY James ENS 1:54.82
  8. LITCHFIELD Max  TOR 29.53 1:54.95

Toronto’s Alberto Razzetti may have been the favorite coming into this race, but it was back-half expert Zach Harting of the DC Trident that blasted home over the final 100 meters to seal the win in 1:51.71. Camden Murphy looked strong at the end as well though he couldn’t quite get past Razzetti and finished 3rd, still good to give the Trident a total of 15 points in this event. DC is picking up momentum with every single event, something that could be buoyed further by the fact that this race represents Harting’s first-ever ISL win. The Aqua Centurions and Energy Standard don’t fare as well, coming away with 8 points and 6 points, respectively. For Energy Standard, Chad le Clos‘ absence is definitely felt here.

Women’s 100 Backstroke

  1. HARTING Zach  DCT 1:51.74
  2. RAZZETTI Alberto  TOR 1:51.88
  3. MURPHY Camden DCT 1:52.40
  4. de DEUS Leonardo  AQC 1:52.55
  5. ZIRK Kregor ENS 1:52.71
  6. KALISZ Chase AQC 1:53.17
  7. GUY James ENS 1:54.82
  8. LITCHFIELD Max  TOR 29.53 1:54.95

Kylie Masse blasted the 2nd-fastest time of the season, posting a 55.77 to seal the win and capture 12 points total–9 for the victory and 3 from jackpots. Teammate Lisa Bratton finished 2nd in 56.69, earning 7 points giving Toronto a total of 19 points in the race. DC finished strong in 3rd and 4th earning 11 points, while Energy Standard comes away with just 7 points and the Aqua Centurions 0 points, meaning they fall behind the DC Trident in the total point standings. Laura Taylor, who just moments before swam the 200 butterfly for Aqua, also raced the 100 backstroke, finishing 8th and losing points on both occasions.

Men’s 100 Backstroke

  1. NIKOLAEV Mark (DCT) 49.69
  2. RYLOV Evgeny (ENS) 50.17
  3. RIVOLTA Matteo (AQC) 50.35
  4. RYAN Shane (TOR) 51.72
  5. SABBIONI Simone (AQC) 52.06
  6. SAMY Mohamed (DCT) 52.56
  7. MAHONEY Travis (ENS) 52.64
  8. BJERG Tobias (TOR) 55.99

DC’s Mark Nikolaev had a huge swim to earn a 15-point jackpot. Energy Standard’s Evgeny Rylov earned 7 points for his 2nd-place finish while Matteo Rivolta earned 6 points for placing 3rd. Everyone else, including both swimmers from the Toronto Titans, had their points stolen. This is a huge turning point for the DC Trident who has been building momentum all day.

Women’s 100 IM

  1. KAMENEVA Mariia AQC  57.94
  2. HARVEY Mary-Sophie ENS 58.24
  3. SANCHEZ Kayla TOR 58.38
  4. SHKURDAI Anastasiya ENS 58.46
  5. OMOTO Rika AQC 58.76
  6. COLEMAN Michelle TOR 59.03
  7. ANDISON Bailey DCT 59.67
  8. TEMNIKOVA Maria DCT 1:02.35

Aqua’s Mariia Kameneva surged over the final 50 to steal the lead from Energy’s Anastasiya Shkurdai and capture the win in the 100 IM. Aqua fared fairly well with a total of 14 points in this race. Energy Standard is not far behind with 12 points thanks to Mary-Sophie Harvey and Shkurdai, who finished 2nd and 5th, respectively. The DC Trident lose some of their momentum as both of their swimmers finish 7th and 8th, with Maria Temnikova seeing her point stolen by Kameneva.

Men’s 100 IM

  1. KOLESNIKOV Kliment  ENS  51.15
  2. CECCON Thomas AQC 51.51
  3. RAZZETTI Alberto  TOR 52.15
  4. SCOZZOLI Fabio AQC 52.44
  5. COPE Tommy DCT53.05
  6. SWANSON Charlie  ENS 53.79
  7. LOY Andrew DCT 54.11
  8. LITCHFIELD Max TOR 54.18

Backstroke specialist Kliment Kolesnikov made a statement, winning the men’s 100 IM in 51.15 and stealing 6 points from other swimmers, including teammate Charlie Swanson. DC’s Andrew Loy and Toronto’s Max Litchfield also saw their points stolen. Toronto, however, managed a 3rd-place finish from Razzetti who earlier placed 2nd in the 200 fly. The Aqua Centurions emerge with 12 points, second only to Energy Standard, giving them a much-needed swing of momentum and putting them back in contention for a 3rd- or even 2nd-place finish in this match.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

  1. CARRARO Martina AQC 1:04.89
  2. BELONOGOFF Tatiana  DCT 1:04.90
  3. CASTIGLIONI Arianna  AQC 1:05.23
  4. NICOL Rachel  DCT 1:06.01
  5. VALL Jessica  ENS 1:06.27
  6. HARVEY Mary-Sophie  ENS 1:06.98
  7. SZTANDERA Dominika TOR 1:07.03
  8. WOG Kelsey TOR 1:08.08

Martina Carraro furthered Aqua’s newfound momentum to get a victory in the 100 breaststroke by 0.01 over DC’s Tatiana Belonogoff. Aqua’s Arianna Castiglioni managed a 3rd place finish giving Aqua a total of 16 points from the race. Toronto balked and earned a mere 2 points here, while Energy Standard comes away with just 7. DC, meanwhile, earns a much-needed 12 points, keeping the battle for 2nd and 3rd quite interesting.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

  1. SHYMANOVICH Ilya ENS 55.32
  2. KAMMINGA Arno AQC  56.26
  3. MARTINENGHI Nicolo AQC  56.62
  5. LIMA Felipe ENS  57.51
  6. McKEE Anton TOR 59.23
  7. SAMY Mohamed DCT 59.62

Energy Standard’s Ilya Shymanovich blasted a new World Record in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a 55.32. Shymanovich was out under his own World Record pace in a 25.77 and brought it home in a 29.55, winning by over a second and earning 15 points–9 for the win and 6 for jackpotting 3 other swimmers. Aqua’s Arno Kamminga and Nicolo Martinenghi placed 2nd and 3rd with Kamminga equaling Shymanovich’s time on the closing 50. The DC Trident got pummeled with 7th- and 8th-place finishes, including a disqualification by Cody Miller.

Team Points Update

  1. Energy Standard – 395.0 points
  2. Toronto Titans – 301.0 points
  3. Aqua Centurions – 298.0 points
  4. DC Trident – 273.0 points

Women’s 50 Butterfly

  1. SJOSTROM Sarah ENS 24.75
  2. BARRATT Holly AQC 0.67 25.00
  3. BANIC Madeline  ENS 25.41
  4. di PIETRO Silvia  AQC 25.59
  5. MACK Linnea  DCT  25.67
  6. COLEMAN Michelle TOR 26.07
  7. MASSE Kylie TOR26.17
  8. NAZIEBLO Klaudia DCT 26.61

Sarah Sjostrom and Maddie Banic blasted to a 1-3 finish for Energy Standard, earning a total of 21 points. The Toronto Titans fared unusually poorly in this event placing 6th and 7th having their points stolen. Of note, backstroker Kylie Masse swam the 50 fly in place of Louise Hansson. The Aqua Centurions, meanwhile, come away with 12 points, putting them ahead of the Titans in the team standings. DC will only earn 4 points and maintain 4th place for now.

Men’s 50 Butterfly

  1. RIVOLTA Matteo AQC 22.47
  2. PROUD Ben ENS 22.57
  3. MURPHY Camden DCT  22.62
  4. PEKARSKI Grigori  TOR 22.80
  5. KUSCH Marius TOR 22.81
  6. BARRETT Adam  ENS 22.91
  7. HARTING Zach  DCT  23.03
  8. SCOZZOLI Fabio AQC  23.50

Matteo Rivolta produced a huge underwater on the 2nd 25 of the race to get his hands on the wall 1/10th ahead of Energy Standard’s Ben Proud. Rivolta jackpots teammate Fabio Scozzoli for a total of 10 points. Energy, however, earns 10 points total to equal Aqua while Toronto earns 9 points and DC 8 points, further emphasizing the tightness of the race for 2nd and 3rd–or rather, the race not to place 4th.

Women’s 200 Freestyle

  1. HAUGHEY Siobhan ENS 1:50.66
  2. PELLEGRINI Federica AQC 1:53.91
  3. SANCHEZ Kayla  TOR  1:54.06
  4. EVANS Joanna DCT 1:54.98
  5. SEGEL Janja  ENS  1:55.57
  6. NEALE Leah DCT  1:55.97
  7. HIBBOTT Holly AQC  1:57.03
  8. HASSLER Julia TOR 1:57.62

Energy Standard’s Siobhan Haughey broke the ISL Record, and nearly broke the World Record, in her victory in the women’s 200 freestyle Friday. Haughey won by over 2 seconds, defeating Olympic gold medalist Federica Pellegrini of the Aqua Centurions. Haughey jackpots four swimmers including her teammate Janja Segel. Aqua earns 7 points in this race while Toronto gets 6 points and DC 5 points. Haughey led the entire way while Sjostrom and Toronto’s Kayla Sanchez were in constant close battle for 2nd.

Men’s 200 Freestyle

  1. SHCHEGOLEV Aleksandr DCT  1:41.01
  2. KROON Luc  TOR  1:42.85
  3. CIAMPI Matteo AQC 1:43.87
  4. STJEPANOVIC Velimir DCT 1:44.02
  5. ZIRK Kregor ENS 1:44.60
  6. GRINEV Vladislav AQC  1:44.66
  7. GUY James  ENS  1:44.81
  8. RYAN Shane TOR 1:48.39

DC’s Aleksander Shchegolev picks up his second win of the day with a 1:41.01 in the men’s 200 freestyle, winning by nearly 2 seconds. Teammate Velimir Stjepanovich placed 4th to give DC a total of 15 points in the race. All other teams in the field had mixed results, though Energy Standard had an undeniably rough go, earning merely 4 points. Regardless, Energy has built up an insurmountable lead and will win this match.

Mixed 4 x 100 Medley Relay

  1. ENS – Energy Standard  3:33.11
  2. AQC – Aqua Centurions 3:36.74 
  3. DCT – DC Trident 3:37.29
  4. TOR – Toronto Titans 3:38.11
  5. AQC – Aqua Centurions 3:38.92
  6. DCT – DC Trident 3:40.40
  7. TOR – Toronto Titans 3:42.43
  8. ENS – Energy Standard 3:42.60

Energy Standard ran away with the victory in the mixed medley relay, despite having neither Sarah Sjostrom nor Siobhan Haughey. Fresh off setting a World Record in the 100 breaststroke, Ilya Shymanovich blasted a 55.82 on the breaststroke leg. Notably, Arno Kamminga put up a 56.15 for the Aqua Centurions on the breaststroke. Evgeny Rylov got the better of DC’s Mark Nikolaev on the lead-off leg, touching in 49.90 to Nikolaev’s 49.98. Energy’s ‘A’ squad jackpotted three teams–1 from the DC Trident, 1 from the Toronto Titans, and their own ‘B’ squad.

Women’s 400 IM

  1. ANDISON Bailey DCT 4:26.75
  2. GUNES Viktoriya ENS 4:28.93
  3. McINTOSH Summer TOR 4:28.98
  4. CIEPLUCHA Tessa TOR 4:29.13
  5. JAKABOS Zsuzsanna DCT 4:34.12
  6. OMOTO Rika AQC 4:37.47
  7. ROSENDAHL BACH Helena ENS 4:38.61
  8. POLIERI Alessia AQC 4:44.52

Toronto’s Summer McIntosh surged to get the checkpoint points at the 200-meter turn, though she eventually fell to 4th overall, but still netted 12 points. DC’s Bailey Andison, meanwhile, was 2nd a the 200-meter turn but surged over the breaststroke and held the lead on the freestyle, touching the wall over 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Viktoriya Gunes from Energy Standard. Tess Cieplucha places 4th for the Titans earning 7 points while Szuszanna Jakabos grabs 5th for the DC Trident. Both swimmers from the Aqua Centurions were jackpotted, a heavy blow to their campaign for 2nd in the team standings.

Men’s 400 IM

  1. BORODIN Ilia AQC  4:01.72
  2. LITCHFIELD Max TOR 4:02.79
  3. RAZZETTI Alberto TOR 4:04.43
  4. LITHERLAND Jay DCT 4:05.42
  5. SWANSON Charlie ENS 4:07.19
  6. KALISZ Chase AQC 4:10.01
  7. GROTHE Zane DCT 4:13.03
  8. ZIRK Kregor ENS 4:25.10

Toronto once again grabs big points in the men’s 400 IM, despite not winning the race. Max Litchfield and Alberto Razzetti, each of whom have had busy days, finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, behind victory Ilia Borodin of the Aqua Centurions. Borodin comes away with 15 points total, 3 of which come from jackpotting DC’s Zane Grothe and Energy’s Kregor Zirk. DC’s Jay Litherland implored an interesting strategy by surging in the 4th 50–the 2nd 50 of the backstroke–to touch the wall 1st at 200 meters and pick up the checkpoint points. Litherland ultimately earned 11 points, the equal-second most in the field behind Borodin.

Women’s 50 Freestyle Skins


  1. SJOSTROM Sarah  ENS  23.70
  2. WASICK Kasia TOR  23.79
  3. HOPKIN Anna  DCT  23.89
  4. BARRATT Holly  AQC  24.00
  5. KAMENEVA Mariia AQC 24.03
  6. HAUGHEY Siobhan ENS 24.09
  7. COLEMAN Michelle TOR 24.16
  8. HINDLEY Isabella DCT 24.30

Sarah Sjostrom blasts to the wall in 23.70, just getting in ahead of Toronto’s Kasia Wasick. DC’s Anna Hopkin and Aqua’s Holly Barratt will also advance, while Energy’s Siobhan Haughey, who has been on fire this week, is shut out and places 6th in round one. Each team advances one swimmer to the semifinal.


  1. SJOSTROM Sarah ENS 23.95
  2. WASICK Kasia TOR 24.15
  3. BARRATT Holly AQC 24.96
  4. HOPKIN Anna DCT 25.36

Sjostrom gets to the wall first again while Wasick touches 2nd again. Toronto now has a very good chance at placing 2nd in the team standings, though much is still on the line in the men’s skins–particularly as concerns the men from Aqua. Aqua’s Holly Barratt and DC’s Anna Hopkin are eliminated, neither coming particularly close to either Sjostrom or Wasick in round 2. Both Barratt and Hopkin fall victim to Sjostrom’s jackpot, giving Sjostrom and Energy Standard 20 more points in round 2 alone.


  1. SJOSTROM Sarah ENS 23.98
  2. WASICK Kasia TOR 24.56

Sjostrom’s dominance was on full display as she closed out the final round of the skins with a commanding victory of Wasick, though Wasick swam tough and was practically even with Sjostrom at the turn. Nonetheless, Sjostrom powered home in the final 12.5 meters to get the win. Of note, Sjostrom’s 3 consecutive 50s were all within 3/10ths of one another, and all were sub-24.

Men’s 50 Freestyle Skins

Round 1

Teammates Ben Proud and Kliment Kolesnikov tied for the win in round 1 in 21.10. Toronto’s Lorenzo Zazzeri got in for 3rd while DC’s Aleksandr Shchegolev, the winner of the 100 and 200 freestyles earlier, picked up 4th place. Both swimmers from the Aqua Centurions are eliminated, sealing them in for a 3rd-place team finish.

Round 2

Kolesnikov and Shchegolev advance while Zazzeri and Proud are shut out. For Proud, he adds over two seconds to his round 1 time and receives 0 points in round 2.

Round 3

Shchegolev almost became DC’s first-ever skins winner but was just shut out by Kolesnikov who finished a mere 0.08 ahead of him for the win and another 14 points into Energy Standard’s already immense lead. Energy will win the meet while DC will finish 4th. Nonetheless, Shchegolev is arguably DC’s MVP for the day.

Final Team Standings

  1. Energy Standard 583.0
  2. Toronto Titans 407.0
  3. Aqua Centurions 390.0
  4. DC Trident 383.0


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1 year ago

Peaty social media shows he’s still in London driving his son around so looks like he’s not going to the match

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Yeah, didn’t really expect he’d jet off the next day after finishing his book promotion.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Doubt he will show up in ISL this year.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Yes he still is in London any sign of Prigoda ? Even Prigoda would be something to the Roar

1 year ago

Loughborough University(Not NC), costing DC Trident and Titans mega points by pulling their swimmers out the league for BUCs. LOLZ

Greg Peter
1 year ago

“The DC Trident got pummeled with 7th- and 8th-place finishes, including a disqualification by Cody Miller.” My man would rather get disqualified than finish 8th place. He has my respect!

1 year ago

Toronto is very lucky that Aqua underperformed in skins! A couple of different touches and Toronto could easily have come last.

Really hoping that Roar beats LA tomorrow which will get them in the final. Toronto in the final would be guaranteed 4th by a large margin.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Aqua female breasstrokers were slow this match. They should’ve been jackpotting this weak ass field instead of barely scraping wins.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

It’s kind of silly to play the “what would happen if a couple touches went differently” game though because you can do it any way you like. Toronto goes .2 faster on the womens 4×100 free relay and they would’ve had an extra 38 points.

There were opportunities for all 3 of those teams there

Last edited 1 year ago by Flyer
Reply to  Flyer
1 year ago

Actually, Toronto would need to go 0.31 faster and they would only gain 24 points, not 38. 0.31 is a close swim but not something I would described as a “close touch”.

Nonetheless, I take your point that hypotheticals aren’t overly useful. But the fact remains that Toronto was very close to being beaten by two very weak teams, and honestly I would be disappointed if they made the final over Roar or LA who will both be much more competitive.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

LA deserves to go the the final.

Reply to  yardfan
1 year ago

They’d still go to the final even if they lose one match to Roar. With Toronto barely scraping past Aqua and losing to LA and Roar in the previous match they’re the least deserving but have a very favourable draw.

Reply to  yardfan
1 year ago

LA is almost certainly going to the final because of their win last week. It’s the Roar that needs to beat LA tomorrow to be sure they’ll make it.

1 year ago

Missed the race, what did Cody get DQ’d for? Fly kicks?

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 year ago

Damn I really wanted dc to win this

1 year ago

Miressi could help Aqua steal 2nd from Toronto

1 year ago

Has anyone’s ISL stream gone wacko the last hour? During a race, it flashes to another race or interview but I still hear Rowdy commentating on the actual live race.

Last edited 1 year ago by Breezeway
Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

Despite coughing up all that money I gave up on the official ISL stream.

Just give the trophy to the condors already
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

CBC streaming is pretty good, great quality, no buffering

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