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
Thank you to Barry Revzin who contributed to this report by compiling the data shown in the in-depth points analyses.
Final Team Standings
- Energy Standard – 507.0 points
- London Roar – 486.5 points
- LA Current – 395.5 points
- Tokyo Frog Kings – 379.0 points
Match 8 of the third season of the International Swimming League showcased a close battle for 1st between Energy Standard and London Roar, as well as a back-and-forth fight for 3rd between the LA Current and the Tokyo Frog Kings. Ultimately, Energy Standard came out on top and produced the Match MVP, Ilya Shymanovich, who earned 64 points total. LA’s Ingrid Wilm came out 2nd in the MVP standings with 57 points, London’s Duncan Scott was 3rd with 52 points, while Tokyo’s Daiya Seto and London’s Emma McKeon tied for 4th with 47.5 points.
Final Team Scores
|Tokyo Frog Kings||379.0||208.0||171.0||48.0||34.0||-2.0||-36.0||31.0|
The final team standings came out as we expected. Remove the jackpot points and Tokyo cuts its deficit to LA in half, but they still come out in 4th.
Energy Standard’s women and London Roar’s men proved to be the two strongest squads this weekend, though the London Roar women only scored 24 fewer points than the Energy Standard women.
The Tokyo Frog Kings were the big winners in the checkpoint game though, thanks largely to Daiya Seto‘s dominant performance in the men’s 400 IM, though Paige Madden also contributed to this haul with strong swims in both the 400 freestyle and 400 IM. Madden didn’t win either race, placing 2nd and 5th, respectively, though she still earned the 2nd-most points of any competitor in both races, thanks to the checkpoints.
Final Team Scores – Jackpot Points Removed
|Tokyo Frog Kings||409.0||208.0||193.0||74.0||35.0||-2.0||25.0|
For the first time in the history of the ISL, jackpot points decided the winner of Match 8, favoring Energy Standard over the London Roar. If the jackpot points are removed then the London Roar would have actually beaten Energy Standard by the narrow margin of 11.5 points. Neither team received enough penalty deductions to sway the outcome, and their checkpoint points nearly even out.
Until Match 8, jackpot points had only affected the outcome of Match MVPs, but now their value to overall team standings is on display. A point brought up by Barry is that every time 4 or more swimmers get jackpotted, the winner of the race is now up 19 points, more than 2 individual wins. These point swings could affect how a team builds its roster, preferring big stars to a team with depth.
Notable jackpot swims of Match 8 include Ilya Shymanovich in the 100 breaststroke (+10 points) and the 50 breaststroke (+10 points), Ingrid Wilm in the 100 backstroke (+6 points) and 50 backstroke skins (+7 points), Daiya Seto in the 400 IM (+9 points), and Guilherme Guido in the 50 backstroke (+6 points).
Team Standings After Match 8
|Rank||Team||Points||Match 1||Match 2||Match 3||Match 4||No. Matches|
|1||Cali Condors||15||1st (Match 2)||1st (Match 4)||2nd (Match 6)||1st (Match 7)||4|
|2||Energy Standard||12||1st (Match 1)||1st (Match 3)||1st (Match 8)||3|
|3||LA Current||11||2nd (Match 2)||2nd (Match 4)||2nd (Match 5)||3rd (Match 8)||4|
|=4||Toronto Titans||10||2nd (Match 1)||1st (Match 5)||2nd (Match 7)||3|
|=4||London Roar||10||2nd (Match 3)||1st (Match 6)||2nd (Match 8)||3|
|6||Aqua Centurions||6||3rd (Match 3)||3rd (Match 4)||3rd (Match 6)||3|
|7||Iron||5||3rd (Match 3)||4th (Match 5)||3rd (Match 7)||3|
|=8||DC Trident||4||4th (Match 1)||4th (Match 4)||3rd (Match 5)||3|
|=8||Tokyo Frog Kings||4||3rd (Match 2)||4th (Match 6)||4th (Match 8)||3|
|10||NY Breakers||3||4th (Match 2)||4th (Match 3)||4th (Match 7)||3|
There are only two matches remaining in the regular season, as well as the “play-in” match where the bottom-4 teams will duke it out for the final two spots in the play-offs.
We already know that the Cali Condors and the LA Current have earned their spots in the play-offs and are done with their regular seasons, having swum four matches each. Energy Standard has one match remaining, but they are mathematically guaranteed to advance, even if they get fourth in their final match–they won’t get fourth in Match 9.
London and Toronto are also guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals, which means only one more team can earn an automatic qualification to Eindhoven. At present, the Aqua Centurions are ranked 6th, though Team Iron and the Tokyo Frog Kings each have a legitimate shot at knocking them down a rung over the course of the next two matches. The DC Trident and the New York Breakers are guaranteed to swim in Match 11, though which of the other three joins them remains up in the air.