Energy Holds Slight Lead On London, Chalmers Comes Out Firing (Match 8, Day 1)

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 8

DAY 1 RECAP

TEAM SCORES THRU DAY 1

  1. Energy Standard, 282.0
  2. London Roar, 260.0
  3. Tokyo Frog Kings, 182.0
  4. LA Current, 180.0

Energy Standard is the only undefeated club remaining in Season 3 of the International Swimming League (this is only their third match), and that perfect record will be put to the test on Day 2 of Match 8 after a competitive opening day sees them holding a slim 22-point margin on the London Roar.

In arguably the most competitive match so far this season, we’ve also got a fantastic battle for third brewing between the Tokyo Frog Kings and LA Current, who are separated by just two points.

ENERGY CAPITALIZING ON LONDON’S BR HOLE

London missing top male breaststrokers Adam Peaty and Kirill Prigoda was clearly a factor in the team trailing despite several swimmers performing optimally on Day 1.

Energy Standard went 1-2 in the men’s 50 breast with Ilya Shymanovich and Felipe Lima, and Shymanovich also won the 200 breast with Charlie Swanson chipping in three points for the club in sixth.

As a result, Energy Standard scored 41 points in the two male breaststroke events, while London managed a mere four, with three of their four swimmers in the events jackpotted by Shymanovich.

Those two races alone mark a 37-point swing in Energy Standard’s favor, and we also saw Shymanovich drop a scintillating 55.15 breast split on the men’s 400 medley relay that Energy Standard ultimately won over London by just six one-hundredths of a second despite a scorching 44.98 anchor from Kyle Chalmers.

For the day as a whole, the men’s 200 breast was a bit of a catalyst that launched Energy Standard into the driver’s seat, with that win, coupled with the women’s 400 free relay directly after, putting them atop the standings early on.

From there, the Roar made a couple of big pushes by winning the men’s 400 free relay and the men’s 50 back with Guilherme Guido, coming within five points of first, but they never regained the lead after the early stages of the day. Siobhan Haughey‘s 400 free victory really firmed up Energy Standard’s place atop the standings at the day’s conclusion.

CHALMERS ROARS FOR LONDON

Kyle Chalmers‘ aforementioned 44.98 anchor leg on the men’s 400 medley relay was absolutely scorching, setting him up for a good 100 free tomorrow and some potentially mouth-watering battles down the line with Caeleb Dressel.

Unfortunately, we won’t get to see what Chalmers could produce in the skins tomorrow, with Energy Standard ultimately selecting butterfly, but having him on top form is crucial if London has designs on making some noise in the postseason.

In addition to that anchor leg, Chalmers also won the 50 freestyle in a time of 20.80 and led off London’s winning men’s 4×100 free relay in 46.13.

FROG KINGS, CURRENT LOCKED IN TIGHT BATTLE FOR THIRD

The LA Current have had a trio of runner-up finishes so far this season, while the Tokyo Frog Kings have finished third and fourth in their two match appearances so far in Naples, resulting in the clubs sitting at opposite ends of the ISL standings for the time being (LA in second, Tokyo in ninth).

However, the two clubs are locked in a tightly-contested battle for third place here in Match 8.

It was actually Tokyo that appeared to hold a firm grasp on third throughout the majority of Day 1, going up by as many as 32 points midway through the day.

Success is always going to be hard to come by when you don’t have any wins, which Tokyo didn’t, but they still had some solid performances from the likes of Paige Madden (second in the women’s 400 free) and breaststrokers Alessandro Pinzuti and Yasuhiro Koseki, who avoided getting jackpotted by Shymanovich and combined for 11 points in the men’s 50 breast (an event where the Current scored zero).

But LA made a late charge, buoyed by a solid showing in both 50 backstrokes and a combined 36 points in the medley relays to close things off (compared to 24 for Tokyo), bringing them within two points of third heading into Day 2.

SKINS SELECTIONS

The skins picks were as follows:

WOMEN’S SKINS SELECTIONS

  • Energy takes out breaststroke
  • LA takes out butterfly
  • London chooses backstroke

MEN’S SKINS SELECTIONS

  • LA takes out freestyle
  • London takes out breaststroke
  • Energy chooses butterfly

London will likely lean on Kira Toussaint and Minna Atherton in the women’s backstroke skins, while Energy Standard will be expected to turn to Chad Le Clos and Andrey Zhilkin on men’s fly.

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Chlorinetherapy
1 month ago

I see 16yo Flynn Southam has just broken Kyle’s SC 100 free record after throwing down a 48.05!

commonwombat
1 month ago

Women’s skins may play out in favour of LAC; regrettably for them they’re likely to have been “played out” of contending for this match beforehand. Toussaint on paper looks a narrow favourite but will not back up as well as Wilm. IF Atherton can make top 4 then it may tilt her way but the issue will be negotiating that first hurdle. Not looking overly strong for ENS but they should look to at least get one through to top 4.

Men’s skins is far more straightforward; LAC v ENS with a lilt in favour of Shields. Neither LON or TOK look to be factors with the best cast scenario for either is to have one swimmer make top 4.… Read more »

Troyy
Reply to  commonwombat
1 month ago

Will be surprised if LAC doesn’t win both the skins.

Last edited 1 month ago by Troyy
Tyson
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

If Atherton and Toussaint are on form both should move on to the 2nd round then the finals is anyone’s guess. I think the fly will be interesting Lanza won that last time but it will be a shock if Le Clos misses the second round again I doubt that will happen two times in a row.

Troyy
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

I think Wilm will win the women’s and Shields the men’s.

commonwombat
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Agree. If this were the Atherton of ISL1 then it would certainly be Adv LON but this vintage, whilst good, is clearly a level below and lacking that cutting edge 50 speed. IF she can negotiate the first round then it does swing to a close call between her and Wilm as Toussaint will run out of gas.

Men’s is Shields’ to lose.

Verram
1 month ago

I’m surprised that London Roar have allowed themselves to have a real Achilles heel in men’s breastroke this season .. they need someone decent other than Peaty if they want to make a run for the title

Goag
1 month ago

Why did LA have a vote in the men’s skins events, when Tokyo finished third in the medley relay?

Last edited 1 month ago by Goag
Troyy
Reply to  Goag
1 month ago

It’s based on combined points of both relay entries. So:

ENS 22 *winner breaks tie
LON 22
LAC 16
TOK 14

Goag
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Thanks for the clarification, ISL rules are hard to follow.

Troyy
Reply to  Goag
1 month ago

And they keep getting more complicated with each season.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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