2020 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – MATCH 8
- Thursday, November 5: 4pm-6pm CET/9am-11am U.S. Central
- Friday, November 6: 4pm-6pm CET/9am-11am U.S. Central
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
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- Teams: London Roar, Tokyo Frog Kings, Cali Condors, New York Breakers
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Unlike what we saw earlier in the day from Energy Standard, absolutely dominating the field in Match 7, the mixed freestyle relay in Match 8 was an exciting, razor-thin battle that came down to the wire.
Despite the Cali Condor men building over a second lead at the 200m mark, it was London’s female duo of Anna Hopkin and Freya Anderson who roared home to steal the win by 12 one-hundredths of a second.
Below we’ll dive into the relay’s splits, including Anderson’s incredible 50.96 anchor:
|Justin Ress (CAC)||46.49|
|Markus Thormeyer (TOK)||47.15|
|Shinri Shioura (TOK)||47.34|
|Damian Wierling (NYB)||47.36|
|Duncan Scott (LON)||47.49|
|Khader Baqlah (CAC)||47.73|
|Jacob Whittle (NYB)||47.74|
|Marius Kusch (LON)||48.02|
Justin Ress got Cali off to a fantastic start, beating London’s Duncan Scott by a full second in 46.49 to slip under the personal best time he set earlier in the session in the individual event (46.53).
Scott has been much quicker this season than the 47.49 he went here, but it’s a difficult turnaround for him after swimming the 200 free. He’s been as fast as 46.66 individually in Budapest, but was a similar time (47.32) leading off this event in Match 5.
Male Flying Splits
|Pieter Timmers (NYB)||46.64|
|Tate Jackson (CAC)||46.70|
|Mikhail Vekovishchev (LON)||46.82|
|Katsuhiro Matsumoto (TOK)||46.88|
|Coleman Stewart (CAC)||47.43|
|Bruno Fratus (TOK)||47.80|
|James Guy (LON)||47.97|
|Matthew Richards (NYB)||48.37|
The Belgian, who competes for the New York Breakers, dropped the fastest male split with a takeover in 46.64, moving his club into second place. The swim marks his fastest of the season, surpassing a 46.65 from Match 1. He also split 46.73 on day one’s medley relay, and placed fourth individually in the 100 free earlier in the session.
Tate Jackson came through for the Condors, who opted to rest Caeleb Dressel, as the University of Texas grad clocked in at 46.70 to outdo London’s Mikhail Vekovishchev. Vekovishchev was solid in 46.88, but still well off his 45.94 from day one.
Katsuhiro Matsumoto, who, like Scott, was coming off the 200 free, had a strong sub-47 leg for Tokyo.
Female Flying Splits
|Freya Anderson (LON)||50.96|
|Erika Brown (CAC)||51.50|
|Anna Hopkin (LON)||51.57|
|Kasia Wasick (NYB)||51.92|
|Natsumi Sakai (TOK)||52.23|
|Olivia Smoliga (CAC)||52.27|
|Allison Schmitt (CAC)||52.33|
|Natalie Hinds (CAC)||52.86|
|Maria Kameneva (LON)||52.99|
|Signe Bro (NYB)||53.33|
|Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (LON)||53.33|
|Catie Deloof (TOK)||53.42|
|Runa Imai (TOK)||53.42|
|Daria S Ustinova (NYB)||53.52|
|Arina Surkova (NYB)||54.08|
|Anna Ntountounaki (TOK)||54.56|
At the halfway mark, Cali’s lead sat at 1.12 seconds over London. Anna Hopkin took seven-tenths out of Olivia Smoliga, splitting 51.57, and then Erika Brown dove in with Freya Anderson hot on her tail.
Brown extended the Condor lead through the first 50, up nine-tenths on Anderson, but the British sensation came home in a scintillating 26.04 to edge Brown at the wall by .12.
Anderson’s anchor leg was 50.96, her first-ever sub-51. The 19-year-old had previously been 51.04 during Match 5. It also can’t be overlooked that Anderson won the 100 and 200 free prior to this race, setting a new British Record in the latter. The three swims all took place within about 72 minutes.
The swim marks the second sub-51 female relay split we’ve seen so far this ISL season, with Sarah Sjostrom dropping a 50.67 yesterday on Energy Standard’s medley relay. According to USA Swimming’s database, the split ties Anderson for the 11th-fastest swim of all-time (with a takeover), and makes her the sixth-fastest relay performer in history.
The swim from Brown, however, can’t be overlooked, as the former Tennessee Volunteer hit her second straight career-best in 51.50. Brown broke 52 for the first time yesterday in 51.94.
Hopkin and Kasia Wasick have consistently been sub-52 all season, and Natsumi Sakai followed up her all-time best 52.06 yesterday with a quick 52.23 to move Tokyo up one spot to fourth on the anchor leg.