2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 8
- Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19
- 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Local Time)
- Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
- Teams Competing: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Tokyo Frog Kings
- Omega Live Results
- Match 8 Preview
- Match 8, Day 1 Live Recap
- Match 8, Day 2 Live Recap
Energy Standard’s team of Evgeny Rylov, Ilya Shymanovich, Anastasiya Shkurdai, and Sarah Sjostrom cut nearly 2 seconds from the ISL Record in the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay, posting a 3.31.96. The previous ISL Record stood at 3:33.81, set by the LA Current in Match 4 of season 3 in Naples, Italy. Energy Standard’s swim was a huge jackpot, reeling in 38 points, while Energy’s ‘B’ team placed 3rd for 12 points giving them 50 points total in the race. London earned 24 points total in the mixed medley relay while the LA Current and the Tokyo Frog Kings were shut out completely.
While both teams used a man on the breaststroke and a woman on the freestyle, they differed in that Energy Standard used a man on backstroke while LA used a woman, and Energy Standard used a woman on butterfly while LA used a man. Though there is a lot to be said for the strategy of this relay the most competitive teams have tended to use men on the breaststroke leg and anchor with a woman on the freestyle, as both teams did in each of their record-setting performances in Naples.
The mixed medley relay is new in the ISL schedule in season 3 and replaces the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay which was contested in both seasons 1 and 2. Therefor, the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay has only been swum 8 times in ISL competition.
FINA does not recognize a World Record in this race, instead only recognizing mixed records for the 4 x 50 medley relay and 4 x 50 freestyle relay as those races are contested at the FINA World Championships (short course) as well as at the short course European Championships. Even so, Energy Standard’s team was comprised of swimmers from three different nations (two from Belarus, one from Russia, and one from Sweden). The LA Current’s team also consisted of swimmers from three different nations, meaning both swims would not be eligible as World Records, and instead would be considered a ‘World Best.’ Ilya Shymanovich posted a 55.39 on the breaststroke leg of the race which would rank as the 5th-fastest split in history, though as it comes in a mixed relay race it will not officially count. Only Shymanovich himself and Adam Peaty have been faster.
|Energy Standard – Match 8||LA Current – Match 4|
|Backstroke||Rylov (M) – 49.52||Wilm (W) – 55.98|
|Breaststroke||Shymanovich (M) – 55.39||Rothbauer (M) – 57.94|
|Butterfly||Shkurdai (W) – 55.85||Shields (M) – 48.54|
|Freestyle||Sjostrom (W) – 51.20||Weitzeil (W) – 51.35|