2020 International Swimming League – Match 6
- Sunday, November 1: 5PM-7PM Local Time (12noon-2PM US Eastern, 1AM-3AM J+1 Japan)
- Monday, November 2: 3PM-5PM Local Time (10AM-12noon US Eastern, 11PM-1AM J+1 Japan)
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- Short Course Meters (SCM) Format
- 2020 ISL Scoring Format
- 2020 ISL Prize Money and Bonuses
- US Television: CBSSN
- International television clearing list
- Teams: Energy Standard, Aqua Centurions, NY Breakers, Toronto Titans
League Standings After Match 5
|Rank||Club||Club Code||Matches Played||Match 1||Match 2||Match 3||Match 4||Match 5||Standings Points|
|5||Tokyo Frog Kings||TOK||2||3||2||5|
1. Breakers Building Momentum
After placing last by 154 points in match 1, the New York Breakers made a comeback in match 4 by claiming 3rd place. Here are some reasons why:
Marco Koch had the largest jackpot swim in ISL history, scoring 30 points for the Breakers with his 200 breast win. However in match 6, Koch will also have to answer to Ilya Shymanovich (ENS) who won the 100 breast in match 1.
Joe Litchfield (NYB) made it to the final round of the 50 back skins race with Ryan Murphy (LAC) in match 1. But, Murphy’s win by over 2 seconds jackpotted all of Litchfield’s points. Litchfield followed this up in match 4 with solid second-place finishes in the 100 fly and 50 back, scoring 7 points in each race. Without Murphy or Caeleb Dressel (CAC) he has a good chance of scoring points.
In match 4, Abbie Wood (NYB) dropped .3 seconds from her 100IM swim in match 1, snagging 2nd behind Melanie Margalis. On the same day, Wood scored major points by winning the 400IM in about the same time she swam in match 1.
2. Sprint Free: Wasick vs. Sjostrom
Wasick has the chance to face-off with Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom who swam the second-fastest 50 this season, a 23.48. Without the Aqua Centurion’s Federica Pelligrini, who won’t arrive to the ISL bubble until their season finale, this could be an extremely tight race.
Sjostrom also won the 100 free in match 1 in a time of 51.17. Wasick could have a close race with her in this as well, but her 2nd place finish to Kromowidjojo was 1 second slower than Sjostrom.
3. Redemption For Energy Standard?
Energy Standard, the defending ISL champion team, was upset by the Cali Condors in match 1. While this was partially due to the Condors’ major jackpot point stealing wins, some top ENS swimmers raced slower than expected.
The ENS men’s backstroke stars Kliment Kolesnikov and Evgeny Rylov were predicted to score points for the team. However, Rylov placed 3rd in the 100 and 200 back while Kolesnikov took 7th place in the 200 back.
4. The Learning Curve
That being said, we have seen nearly every ISL team improve from their first to second match as coaches learned who was on form and who was not.
After months of being unable to race due to the coronaviru pandemic, some swimmers also mentioned pre-race nerves during their first match. This could be another explanation as to why swimmers, like Wasick and Wood, are swimming faster in their second match.
Energy Standard and the Toronto Titans have only competed in one match so far. After shaking off the racing rust in match 1, can we expect to see the same level of improvement from these two teams?
5. Energy Standard vs. Toronto Titans: Women’s Back and Fly
Emily Seebohm (ENS) won the 200 back in match 1 in 2:02.70. However she will have to swim even faster in order to beat Titans Lisa Bratton and Kylie Masse who placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the 200 back at match 3. Bratton touched the wall in 2:01.74 with Masse .93 seconds behind.
Sjostrom (ENS) and Louise Hansson (TOR) will go neck-and-neck in the sprint butterfly events. Sjostrom won the 100 with a time of 56.00 while Hansson won the same event in match 3 at 56.45. Their 50 fly times so far this season aren’t far apart either. In match 1, Sjostrom placed 2nd in the 50 fly at 25.25, while Hansson claimed 3rd in match 3 with a time of 25.64.
6. Skins Contenders, What Stroke Will They Pick?
As we’ve seen in previous matches, the skins races can be game-changing jackpot swims (case in point Lilly King scoring 50 points and Ryan Murphy scoring 58). This emphasizes the importance of the 400 medley relays because the winning team chooses the stroke of the skins race on day 2. Here is a list of the fastest 400 medley relay times swam by each ISL team this season, with the match 6 teams in bold:
|5||Tokyo Frog Kings:||3:50.41|
The Energy Standard women seem to be the favorite by far with the Toronto Titans finishing nearly 2 seconds slower. This could be a jackpot swim for ENS, who would have a variety of options for the skins stroke. Without King in the mix this time, they will most likely rely on 15-year-old phenom Benedetta Pilato to dominate a 50 breast skins race. Fly, despite having Sjostrom, may not be as safe of a choice with Hansson (TOR), and neither is back due to Massie (TOR) and Bratton (TOR.)
|3||Tokyo Frog Kings||3:22.62|
The men’s 400 medley relay could be a tight race between the Aqua Centurions and Energy Standard. If the Centurions touch first, they will most likely pick breast with Scozzoli. Energy Standard could pick free or fly, betting on Florent Manaudou who won the 50 free in match 1 and snagged 2nd in the 50 fly behind Dressel. Backstroke is also an outside option for them if Rylov swims faster at this meet, but it may be too risky for him to race Shane Ryan (TOR.)