2019 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – AMERICAN DERBY
- Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17, 2019
- 2:00-4:00 PM Local Time (U.S. Eastern Time)
- Eppley Recreation Center – College Park, MD
- Short Course Meters (SCM) format
- American franchises: Cali Condors, LA Current, DC Trident, New York Breakers
- Live Stream (ESPN3)
- Full Day 1 Results
Reported by Nick Pecoraro/Jared Anderson.
MEN’S 50 FREE SKINS
ROUND 1 – QUARTERFINAL
1. Michael Andrew – NYB – 21.20
2. Caeleb Dressel – CAC – 21.34
3. Michael Chadwick – LAC – 21.39
4. Ryan Held – LAC – 21.48
5. Marcelo Chierighini – NYB – 21.78
6. Bowe Becker – CAC – 21.79
7. Zach Apple – DCT – 21.96
8. Jeremy Stravius – DCT – 22.10
The men’s race is much more defined. Dressel should win this, barring a huge upset. But in the team race, LA putting two into the semifinal is a great swing for them. The Current are showing up in the key moments, even if it doesn’t ultimately swing the score. DC not only missed the semis, they take just 7th and 8th for the minimum of 3 points. That’s odd, considering their personnel (Apple and Stravius) are pretty good. But Apple is mostly a taper swimmer, and probably needs more rest to be closer to his peak.
ROUND 2 – SEMIFINAL
It’s Dressel and Chadwick moving on. Solid break for LA to get one of their guys in. Dressel is so good in these types of races – it feels like he’s built for the skins more so than almost anyone in the world. The top two were well ahead of the field, and the pure sprinters Andrew and Held both dropped off pretty good from their round 1 swims.
ROUND 3 – FINAL
Poor Chadwick was overmatched from the start. Dressel was unbelievably fast in all three rounds – to finish at 21.2 is pretty ridiculous. That should seal another MVP award for Dressel, too.
Caeleb Dressel showcased an incredibly consistent skins effort, staying within two-tenths of all three of his swims. Yet LA had the upperhand as Michael Chadwick and Ryan Held advanced to the seminfinals, becoming the only team this afternoon to bring both team members to the double-points round.