A Viewer’s Guide To the 2019 International Swimming League Finale

2019 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – Finale

  • Friday, December 20 – Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Local Time (U.S. Pacific Time)
  • Madalay Bay Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, NV
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • Top 4 qualifying franchises: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Cali Condors
  • Live Stream (ESPN3)

It’s time for the ISL finale – we break down rosters, streaming options, event schedule and scoring details here. The meet will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada – a facility which has a total capacity of 12,000 seats, but that the ISL will reduce to 3,800 seats for the purposes of this championship meet.

LINKS

WHERE TO WATCH BY REGION

  • United States: ESPN3
  • Europe and Asia-Pacific: Eurosport
  • Australia: 7plus
  • New Zealand: Spark
  • Canada: CBC
  • Latin America: Claro Sport
  • Brazil: TV Globo
  • Caribbean: FlowSports
  • Israel: Sports 1
  • Middle East/North Africa: Bein Sport

TEAMS COMPETING

This weekend will feature the four qualifying teams: the top two European franchises and top two American franchises:

EVENT LINEUP

Here’s a look at this weekend’s event schedule. Each session is broken into three blocks, each of which ends in a relay event, which is then followed by a break, though the exact length of the breaks has not been specified.

WOMEN’S EVENT # DAY 1 MEN’S EVENT #
1 100 Fly 2
3 50 Breast 4
5 400 IM 6
7
4×100 Free Relay
—Break—
9 200 Back 8
11 50 Free 10
4×100 Medley Relay 12
—Break—
13 200 Free 14
15 50 Back 16
17 200 Breast 18
4×100 Free Relay 19

 

WOMEN’S EVENT # DAY 2 MEN’S EVENT #
20 100 Free 21
22 100 Breast 23
24 400 Free 25
26
4×100 Medley Relay
—Break—
28 200 IM 27
30 50 Fly 29
32 100 Back 31
33 4×100 Mixed Free Relay 33
—Break—
34 200 Fly 35
36 50 Free Skins 37
38 4×50 Mixed Medley (if tiebreak needed) 38

SCORING & POINTS BREAKDOWN

Scoring for each event will be as follows:

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RELAY EVENT SKINS RACE
1st 9 18 27
2nd 7 14 21
3rd 6 12 12
4th 5 10 10
5th 4 8 4
6th 3 6 3
7th 2 4 2
8th 1 2 1

Relays count for double, and skins races effectively triple if you make it to the third round; if eliminated in the second round, an athlete earns double points, but if knocked out in the first round, the point totals are the same as a normal race.

PRIZE MONEY FORMAT

Athletes and relays earn money for top-4 finishes under the following system, which we’ve simplified based on the ISL ‘money point’ system. Prize money for the finale is more than tripled, with $1,000 given per ‘prize point’.

Season Finale:

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RELAY SKINS
1st $6000 $3000 $18000
2nd $4000 $2000 $12000
3rd $2000 $1000 $6000
4th $1000 $500 $3000

Current prize money lists

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Ol' Longhorn

Geez, first event both days gonna be lit.

Snarky

Anyone know the seating capacity of the facility?

The full Mandalay Bay capacity is 12,000 seats, but it’s being reduced to 3,800 for this event.

Swammer

When do we get entries?

About an hour before the meet begins. And, remember, that coaches can change entries prior to each session – so those initial entries are only guaranteed for the first 1/3rd of the first day of racing.

Jeff

Do these changes allow for those originally chosen as relay only swimmers to compete in individual events in later sessions?

Superfan

I doubt it

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