Details about season 2 of the International Swimming League are still sparse, but this week the league continued its slow rollout of complete match replays from season 1.
The latest to go live is the two days of replay from the 2019 season’s 2nd stop in Naples, Italy. The names and storylines are mostly the same as they were in the first meet in Indianapolis, which was posted 2 weeks ago (see that meet here), with two notable exceptions:
- Katie Ledecky didn’t make the trip to Naples, as she only swam one meet in the ISL’s inaugural season, which was the Indianapolis opener; and,
- Caeleb Dressel joined the fun, after he missed the Cali Condors’ opener in Indianapolis to attend the University of Florida Hall of Fame ceremony for his coach Gregg Troy
Dressel’s presence at the meet affirmed what was long suspected: that he would become the league’s dominant individual force. Dressel picked up wins in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, and 50 freestyle skins races at the meet and took home match MVP honors.
Even missing the first meet of the season, Dressel very-nearly won league MVP, losing out to Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard by 3.5 points. Dressel’s 14 races won led the league in 2019, again with only 3 meets as compared to most of the leaders’ 4 meets.
He wasn’t perfect in Naples, though. He wasn’t on any winning relay teams, and he actually lost his first-ever ISL race, the 100 fly, to Chad Le Clos, by .01 seconds.
Watch the full Naples stop, days 1 and 2, including full television commentary, below. The match features the Cali Condors, DC Triden, Aqua Centurions, and eventual league champions Energy Standard.