2020 International Swimming League – Match 9
- Monday, November 9th: 10-12pm CET/3-5am U.S. Central
- Tuesday, November 10th: 10-12pm CET/3-5am U.S. Central
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- Short Course Meters (SCM) Format
- 2020 ISL Scoring Format
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- How to Watch
- Teams: Energy Standard/Iron/Tokyo Frog Kings/Toronto Titans
League Standings After Match 8
1. Skins Decision More Important Than Ever
Whoever wins the medley relays this match will have to be extremely tactful in their decision. Iron has a rock-solid women’s 50 butterfly field between Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Melanie Henique, which is the only women’s skins stroke we haven’t seen yet this season.
Energy Standard has the highest-ranked women’s and men’s 4×100 medley relays ahead of this match, something which earned them the choice of stroke in both skins races in Match #7.
Kromowidjojo is equally strong in the freestyle skins, and has only lost one skins match in her ISL career to date (against Sjostrom in Match #7). Toronto has an extremely dominant backstroke field in Shane Ryan on the men’s side and Kylie Masse on the women’s.
ENS has a strong butterfly and freestyle roster on both the men’s and women’s side, with the Florent Manaudou and Chad le Clos combo, as well as Sarah Sjostrom, Anastasiya Shkurdai, and Maddy Banic who have posted some stellar swims for their team in the butterfly events.
2. Will Tokyo Women Go 4-4 in 200 Fly + 400 IM?
The Tokyo Frog Kings have proved extremely dominant in their previous match in both the 400 IM and 200 butterfly. In Match #8, Suzaka Hasegawa won the 200 fly for the third time this season, as well as being the ISL record-holder in this event. She won in 2:03.53, edging closer to her PB of 2:02.96 from 2017.
Her teammate Yui Ohashi won the 400IM at every match for the Frog Kings, with her season-best standing at 4:25.5.
Ohashi will undoubtedly come up against Katinka Hosszu in this event for the first time this season as the two teams are yet to race one another. Hosszu’s fastest time this season in 4:30.23 from Match #7, considerably behind Ohashi’s best, as the Olympic champion has generally not been in top form in the 2020 ISL season.
The winner that day was Toronto’s Tessa Cieplucha who touched in 4:27.76. This event is shaping up to be an exciting race on the women’s side.
Hasegawa will likely face the same name’s in the 200 butterfly on Day 2, where Hosszu took a comfortable win in 2:05.45 at Match #7.
3. Battle of the Backstrokes
Each of the 4 teams competing in this match have strengths in the backstroke field for both men and women. Energy Standard has youngster Kliment Kolesnikov, who seems to have gained quite a bit of momentum off the back of their last match. He went a sizzling 49.16 in the leadoff of the men’s 4×100 medley relay in Match 7, knocking down Guilherme Guido’s #1 ranked time in the league of 49.50 from Match #2.
He’ll compete against Toronto’s Shane Ryan, who is on good form this season after posting a number of Irish records throughout his tenure. Equally, they have the powerful combo of Lisa Bratton and Kylie Masse. The two have proved their strength across the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke – with Bratton now holding the league-leading time of 2:00.99 in the 200.
Tokyo has veteran Ryosuke Irie on their roster who won the 100 back (49.82), came 2nd in the 200 (1:49.46), and 4th in the 50 (23.42) in Match #8. The men’s backstroke side will also see Iron‘s Robert Glinta returning to the water for what is only his 2nd match.
The Romanian swimmer downed his own National records from 23.19 to 23.12 in the 50, and 49.98 to 49.87 in the 100.