Energy Standard Wins Season 3 ISL Championship Title

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 18 – LEAGUE FINAL

When all was said and done, a Masters swimmer sealed the victory for Energy Standard.

In a razor-thin battle with the Cali Condors that saw the clubs trade the lead back and forth during the final day of competition, Energy Standard clinched the Season 3 ISL championship title thanks to the efforts of Ben Proud and Adam Barrett in the men’s butterfly skins.

Energy Standard led the Condors by 27 points entering the men’s skins, with Anastasiya Shkurdai have put up 21 in the women’s backstroke event, and then Proud and Barrett both advanced through to the second round of the men’s fly skins, all but solidifying the Energy Standard victory.

Cali’s Caeleb Dressel earned a jackpot over Proud in Round 2, but with Barrett avoiding the jackpot, Energy Standard officially clinched the 2021 title.

Barrett, a British native, had been competing as a Masters swimmer for the last few years before joining Energy Standard for this season.

When the dust had settled, Energy Standard finished 12 points clear of the Condors, regaining the title after losing to Cali last season. Energy Standard won the inaugural championship back in 2019.

2021 ISL FINAL STANDINGS

  1. Energy Standard, 534.0
  2. Cali Condors, 522.0
  3. London Roar, 393.5
  4. LA Current, 305.5

A major swing in the match came in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, where Cali was controversially disqualified for a non-simultaneous touch from breaststroker Lilly King.

The Condors had initially won the race, but with the DQ, Energy Standard was awarded first place and the 38 points that went along with it. That race alone resulted in a 50-point swing between the two clubs, which was the clear difference-maker with the match being decided by just 12 points.

Cali did essentially everything they could’ve in spite of the disqualification—if it wasn’t for that one event, they would’ve won the championship handily. The biggest standout performer for the Condors was breaststroker Nic Fink, who upset Energy Standard’s Ilya Shymanovich in all three men’s breast events.

SJOSTROM WINS SEASON, FINAL MVP AWARDS

Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom finished as the leading scorer in the final with 61 points, followed closely by Fink (59.5) and Cali’s Hali Flickinger (51.0).

In the season MVP race, it was a dominant victory for Sjostrom, as she compiled 511.5 points, 43.5 clear of runner-up Siobhan Haughey (468.0). Shymanovich (403.5) rounded out the top three.

ISL SEASON 3 – OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Energy Standard, 534.0 points (final)
  2. Cali Condors, 522.0 points (final)
  3. London Roar, 393.5 points (final)
  4. LA Current, 305.5 points (final)
  5. Toronto Titans, 6 playoff match points
  6. Aqua Centurions / Iron, 5 playoff match points
  7. DC Trident, 4 playoff match points
  8. Tokyo Frog Kings, 6 regular season points
  9. NY Breakers, 4 regular season points

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 4: Energy Standard winning team during the ISL Final Match Day 2 at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwembad on December 4, 2021 in Eindhoven, Netherlands (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 4: Energy Standard winning team during the ISL Final Match Day 2 at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwembad on December 4, 2021 in Eindhoven, Netherlands (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 4: Energy Standard winner during the ISL Final Match Day 2 at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwembad on December 4, 2021 in Eindhoven, Netherlands (Photo by Marcel ter Bals/Orange Pictures)

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HJones
1 month ago

No, they didn’t. Everyone knows that Cali won. This league is a farce, and frankly, it would be good if it folds after this season.

DeanTeam
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

Get a grip America

HJones
Reply to  DeanTeam
1 month ago

I’m not being a homer for a team for America, and frankly, more of my favorite swimmers (le Clos, Manaudou, KK, Guy) are on ES. But that was a bogus DQ on King (who I generally dislike) that I can’t see from the underwater shot nor the above water shot and cost the correct team from being named the winner. The ISL was made to be a more “morally righteous” alternative to FINA’s corruption and lack of athlete empowerment, yet I can only claim that one of these actually pays their swimmers as advertised and doesn’t arbitrarily hand out DQs. The top swimmers seemingly don’t even care too much about the ISL and come in and out of competition as… Read more »

Bystander
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

The ISL was made to be a more “morally righteous” alternative to FINA’s corruption…

Not quite so. The ISL was primarily made to be a profit churning machine for its owner. The rest is an empty “athlete welfare” rhetoric. All the dots connected, it comes down to the persona of the founder. 

GBR
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

Get a grip America

Bystander
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

What does it matter anyway? All teams are owned by Grigorishin and he calls the shots. This is a toy project paid out of a single pocket. And guess what, the next unaffordable extravaganza named season 4 is already in the works.

Damir
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

You thought you could play dishonestly and no one would notice, but you were caught and spanked on the a$$). And now you wriggle like a worm and yell about the oligarchs, that they don’t pay on time and that ISL is doomed. That’s pathetic. You have nothing to do with great athletes.
ES ARE THE REAL CHAMPIONS!!!

Last edited 1 month ago by Damir
Katie
1 month ago

Condors lost by 12 points? Grab your pitchforks and your snorkels; we swim at dawn.

SwimSider
Reply to  Katie
1 month ago

Easy 12pts to make up had Dressell swam a little more?

elyk
1 month ago

lmao what a joke

Swimm
1 month ago

It wasn’t just the DQ. It was Dressel not taking the meet seriously and totally flopping in the championship

Swimmer4life
1 month ago

Shame on the ISL. I have been a die hard fan of the ISL – despite their bias – for three years. It is robbery that they let such a controversial and unproven call (no the video is not clear) decide the outcome of a whole season. The Condors are the true champions of season 3. Additionally the livestreams we paid for have been atrocious. We could not even get the feeds over half the time. So unprofessional. Goodbye ISL. You lost so many loyal fans this season.

RC17
1 month ago

Ik took them three seasons to lose their credibility.

Anonymoose
Reply to  RC17
1 month ago

…completely.

it was partially gone before it started

Mark
1 month ago

Great victory of Energy Standard. This season and the finales where a joy to watch. Congrats to all swimmers for putting up this show.

Swimfan
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

shuuuttt

Swimfan
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

Don’t be naive. Wake up son.

Mark
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

Thanks for the advice dad. But, I respect the decision of officials at all times and once the competition is over I move on and congratulate the winners.

Mark
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

Sorry to all the people who are whining. I saw some great swimming over the past months. When the games are over I can only enjoy what i have seen. Don’t be so sore.

Tyson
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

I agree there were a lot of incredible swims and ES worked hard to win but I do believe Cali were robbed you’ve got to look at the other side and imagine how they feel knowing that it was a controversial call and cost them the title over a decision with little clear evidence and it doesn’t help the league has shown a biased display towards ES

Swimmer.thingz
1 month ago

International Rigging League

Bystander
Reply to  Swimmer.thingz
1 month ago

Only to be expected from such a founder…

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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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