2019 International Swimming League: Group A, Match 2 – Naples
- Saturday, October 12th – Sunday, October 13th
- 7:00 pm – 9:00 PM, local time (UTC+2), (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time)
- Naples, Italy
- Piscina Felice Scandalone, Via Giochi del Mediterraneo
- Short Course Meters (SCM)
- Group A: Cali Condors, DC Trident, Energy Standard, Aqua Centurions
- Live stream, event schedule & viewer’s guide
- Day 1 full results
- Energy Standard – Lanes 1/2
- Cali Condors – Lanes 3/4
- DC Trident – Lanes 5/6
- Aqua Centurions – Lanes 7/8
SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson provides live color commentary on each race in italics, below:
Women’s 100 fly
- Kelsi Dahlia – CAC – 55.91
- Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 56.63
- Anastasia Shkurdai – ENS – 57.37
- Brianna Throssell – DCT – 5740
- Elena di Liddo – AQC – 57.46
- Ilaria Bianchi – AQC – 57.60
- Natalie Hinds – CAC/ Sarah Gibson – DCT – 57.80
In a reverse from last week in Indianapolis, the Cali Condors made their mark in the opening race with a 55.91 win from Kelsi Dahlia in the 100 fly. Sarah Sjostrom (56.63) and Anastasia Shkurdai (57.37) of Energy Standard went 2-3 to keep their team in the running with 13 team points.
Dahlia beating Sjostrom is a major swing, and one of the keys we talked about in our pre-meet analysis. That’s effectively a 4-point swing for the Cali Condors. On the other hand, things wound up pretty even with Shkurdai moving up to 3rd (she was 5th last week) and Hinds falling to 7th (Cali’s Mallory Comerford took 6th in Indy).
Men’s 100 fly
- Chad le Clos – ENS – 49.35
- Caeleb Dressel – CAC – 49.36
- Matteo Rivolta – AQC – 50.61
- Jeremy Stravius – DCT – 51.11
- Santo Condorelli – AQC – 51.47
- Giles Smith – DCT – 51.62
- John Shebat – CAC – 51.81
- Kregor Zirk – ENS – 52.17
Chad le Clos touched out Caeleb Dressel by 1/100 to win the 100 fly for Energy Standard with 49.35. Dressel, representing Cali Condors in his first ISL match, scored in second place with 49.36. Le Clos and Dressel were the only sub-50s. Matteo Rivolta of Aqua Centurions led the rest of the field with 50.61 for third place.
The le Clos/Dressel showdown was a great one, and plays perfectly in the format of these meets. Le Clos’ .01 touchout is worth 9 points to Energy Standard compared to 7 for Dressel’s Condors. For Cali, though, it’s a net win. John Shebat fell to 7th (he was 5th last week), but Dressel’s 2nd was far better than Cali’s 8th place finish last week. On the flip side, it’s a loss for the Aqua Centurions – Rivolta/Condorelli were 2/3 last week but only 3/5 today.
Women’s 50 breast
- Lilly King – CAC – 29.12
- Molly Hannis – CAC – 29.59
- Imogen Clark – ENS – 29.87
- Martina Carraro – AQC – 29.88
- Siobhan Haughey – DCT – 30.05
- Leiston Pickett – DCT – 30.10
- Georgia Bohl – AQC 0 30.58
- Kierra Smith – ENS – 31.65*
*missed the minimum time standard
Lilly King of Cali Condors remains undefeated in breaststroke events. After having won the 50/100/200 breast in Indianapolis she repeated her 50 breast title in Napoli going 29.12. The Condors went 1-2 with runner-up Molly Hannis touching in 29.59. Energy Standard got on the board with a 29.87 third-place finish from Imogen Clark but lost a point when Kierra Smith missed the time standard.
Cali holds up their 1-2 finish from last week, and Energy Standard held their exact same placings (3rd/8th) as well. The relative winners here were the Aqua Centurions with Martina Carraro moving up from 5th to 4th. Also of note: DC subbed in Siobhan Haughey for Bethany Galat. Haughey actually finished one spot higher than Galat did last week, and it frees up Galat to take on the IM with Katie Ledecky not in action this week.
Men’s 50 breast
- Nicolo Martinenghi – AQC – 25.98
- Fabio Scozzoli – AQC – 26.06
- Nic Fink – CAC – 26.29
- Ilya Shymanovich – ENS – 26.30
- Kevin Cordes – DCT – 26.68
- Florent Manaudou – ENS – 26.80
- Andrew Wilson – CAC – 27.18
- Cody Miller – DCT – 27.22
Aqua Centurions scored big on a 1-2 finish from Nicolo Martinenghi (25.98) and Fabio Scozzoli (26.06). Cali Condors held on with a 3rd-place finish from Nic Fink (26.29). Energy Standard picked up points from 4th-place Ilya Shymanovich and 6th-place Florent Manaudou.
The breaststrokes have been pretty stable so far from week to week. The Aqua Centurion men go 1-2 for the second straight meet in this event. A big team battle flip: Fink moves up to third, passing Shymanovich of Energy Standard, who was 3rd last week. That’s a two-point swing. The addition of Kevin Cordes to the DC Trident lineup also moves them from 6th/7th last week to 5th/6th this week.
Women’s 400 IM
- Melanie Margalis – CAC – 4:24.95
- Fantine Lesaffre – ENS – 4:28.10
- Bethany Galat – DCT – 4:29.35
- Mary-Sophie Harvey – ENS – 4:32.86
- Emma Barksdale – DCT – 4:32.92
- Megan Kingsley – CAC – 4:33.93
- Hannah Miley – AQC – 4:35.13
- Franziska Hentke – AQC – 4:37.57
Melanie Margalis led the race from start to finish and, despite a strong breaststroke leg from Fantine Lesaffre of Energy Standard, won handily with 4:24.95. That gave Cali Condors another win, although Energy Standard scored at 2nd and 4th with Lesaffre and Mary-Sophie Harvey who just out-touched Emma Barksdale of DC Trident. Barksdale’s teammate Bethany Galat finished 3rd in 4:29.35.
Another net win for Energy Standard. The addition of Fantine Lesaffre gave Energy Standard a second-place finish, and Mary-Sophie Harvey was fourth (she was third last week, but moves down with Lesaffre’s addition). DC Trident moved down a bit, which was expected with Katie Ledecky not competing at this stop. She was second last week.
Men’s 400 IM
- Jay Litherland – DCT – 4:06.35
- Mark Szaranek – CAC – 4:07.89
- Max Stupin – ENS – 4:09.66
- Anton Ipsen – CAC – 4:10.05
- Mykhaylo Romanchuk – ENS – 4:12.30
- Laszlo Cseh – AQC – 4:12.36
- Zach Harting – DCT – 4:17.89
- Philip Heintz – AQC – 4:26.98*
Philip Heintz and Mark Szaranek took it out first but Jay Litherland got the win for DC Trident in 4:06.35, repeating his victory from Indianapolis last week. Heintz ended up fading badly and did not make the minimum time standard, losing a point for Aqua Centurions. Szaranek (4:07.89) and 4th-place Anton Ipsen (4:10.05) put 12 points on the board for Cali Condors. Max Stupin led the Energy Standard charge with a 3rd-place finish in 4:09.66.
DC’s Litherland wins for the second-straight week. He was about six tenths faster today after a week of cross-continental travel, which is impressive in a taxing race like this. Cali held their places from last week exactly, and both men went faster. Philip Heintz of the Aqua Centurions had a disaster of a swim. He was second last week, but faded to 8th in 4:26.98 this week. Not only does that finish last, it also misses the ISL benchmark time, meaning he’ll gain zero points instead of the traditional one point for 8th place.
Women’s 4×100 free
- Energy Standard 1 – 3:28.77
- Cali Condors 1 – 3:30.13
- DC Trident 1 – 3:31.97
- Aqua Centurions 1 – 3:32.05
- Cali Condors 2 – 3:32.78
- Energy Standard 2 – 3:34.16
- DC Trident 2 – 3:37.13
- Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:39.86
Energy Standard, who won all but one relay last weekend, took first in the women’s 400 free relay. Cali Condors finished 2nd and 5th, with DC Trident and Aqua Centurions going 3-4. Energy Standard’s splits: Penny Oleksiak (53.24), Sarah Sjostrom (51.93), Kayla Sanchez (52.12), and Femke Heemskerk (51.48). Olivia Smoliga had been the quickest out of the gate with a leadoff leg of 52.63 for the Condors. She was followed by Kelsi Dahlia (52.91), Natalie Hinds (52.16), and Mallory Comerford (52.43).
Valuing continuity on relay exchanges perhaps, the top two teams kept their lineups identical to Indianapolis right down to the swim order. Energy Standard went a tenth slower, but still won handily, because the Cali Condors went a half-second slower in second. Both teams’ B relays slipped a spot, too: Cali from 4th to 5th and Energy Standard from 5th to 6th. That’s because the Aqua Centurions had a much better performance in front of their home crowd, moving from 6th to 4th with their A team.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 89.5
- Energy Standard – 83
- DC Trident – 63.5
- Aqua Centurions – 56
Men’s 200 back
- Evgeny Rylov – ENS – 1:49.24
- Mitch Larkin – CAC – 1:5041
- Radoslaw Kawecki – CAC – 1:50.97
- Tristan Hollard – DCT – 1:52.59
- Travis Mahoney – AQC – 1:52.73
- Andreas Vazaios – DCT – 1:52.92
- Apostolos Christou – AQC – 1:53.48
- Kregor Zirk – ENS – 1:57.91
Evgeny Rylov (1:49.24) won the 200 back decisively from lane 1 but Cali Condors scored at 2nd and 3rd with Mitch Larkin and Radoslaw Kawecki for another 13 points. Tristan Hollard was 4th for DC Trident with 1:52.59.
Last week, this race came down to three tenths, but this time around Rylov was much further ahead. Still, a good swing for Cali, though, as they go 2-3 instead of last week’s 2-4. Energy Standard continues to focus on the relays at the expense of the individuals, though – they’ve got a group of great backstrokers and leave Kliment Kolesnikov on their bench while Zirk took 8th. With the men’s medley coming up, it’s a good bet Kolesnikov is once again leading off there, and he’ll have a boost against a fatigued Larkin for Cali.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 102.5
- Energy Standard – 93
- DC Trident – 71.5
- Aqua Centurions – 62
Women’s 200 back
- Kylie Masse – CAC – 2:01.90
- Emily Seebohm – ENS – 2:03.83
- Lisa Bratton – DCT – 2:03.90
- Mary-Sophie Harvey – ENS – 2:05.96
- Simona Kubova – DCT – 2:05.98
- Silvia Scalia – AQC – 2:08.90
- Megan Kingsley – CAC – 2:10.47
- Margherita Panziera – AQC – DQ
Kylie Masse, with a wire-to-wire win, held off Margherita Panziera of Aqua Centurions to take her 2nd consecutive 200 back title. Panziera was disqualified so AQC was hit with a -2 point penalty.
There’s been some remarkable consistency in times between the two ISL meets so far. Masse was just .01 slower than she was in winning last week. Panziera moved up a spot from last week for the Aqua Centurions – but a disqualification dings the Centurions for minus-three points. That also moves everyone else up – Energy Standard especially benefits, jumping to 2nd and 4th with Seebohm and Harvey.
Men’s 50 free
- Caeleb Dressel – CAC – 20.64
- Florent Manaudou – ENS – 20.72
- Ben Proud – ENS – 21.29
- Kristian Gkolomeev – AQC – 21.37
- Justin Ress – CAC – 21.76
- Santo Condorelli – AQC – 21.77
- Robert Howard – DCT – 21.97
- Zach Apple – DCT – 22.09
The exciting matchup between Caeleb Dressel and Florent Manaudou did not disappoint. Dressel went 20.64 to win. Manaudou and his Energy Standard teammate Ben Proud, who finshed 1-2 last week, came in 2nd and 3rd behind Dressel with 20.72 and 21.29, respectively.
Probably the marquee matchup of the weekend. Dressel coming through in the sprints is a massive win for Cali Condors. In this race, it’s a jump from 5th last week (with Bowe Becker) to 1st this week (with Dressel), but probably means more for tomorrow’s triple-point skins race, where Dressel has to have decent odds to break up the Manaudou/Proud stranglehold on the final from last week. It was also a good event for the Aqua Centurions. Adding Kristian Gkolomeev into the mix this week brought a 4th-place showing, compared to a tie for last from Luca Dotto last week.
Women’s 50 free
- Sarah Sjostrom – ENS – 23.63
- Olivia Smoliga – CAC – 24.13
- Femke Heemskerk – ENS – 24.17
- Kasia Wasick – CAC – 24.39
- Lidon Munoz del Campo – AQC – 24.61
- Anika Apostalon – DCT – 24.66
- Silvia de Pietro – AQC – 24.83
- Siobhan Haughey – DCT – 24.89
Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom won the 50 free for the second week in a row, edging Olivia Smoliga of Cali Condors with 23.63 to Smoliga’s 24.13. Femke Heemskerk, Sjostrom’s teammate, was 3rd with 24.17. Sjostrom and Heemskerk went 1-2 in the 50 Free Skins race last weekend.
Things actually got better than last week for Energy Standard, with a 1-3 finish instead of 1-4 last week. Wasick was three tenths slower than last week and fell to 4th. Aqua Centurions avoided last week’s disastrous 7/8 finish, going 5/7. This week it was DC struggling to 6th and 8th.
Men’s 4×100 medley
- Aqua Centurions – 3:24.13
- Energy Standard – 3:24.80
- Cali Condors – 3:25.73
- DC Trident – 3:28.70
- Aqua Centurions – 3:29.98
- Cali Condors – 3:31.25
- DC Trident – 3:31.40
- Energy Standard – DQ
Big upset for Aqua Centurions from lane 8 in the men’s 400 medley relay. They hold off Energy Standard and Cali Condors to get the win in front of an adoring home crowd. One of the Energy Standard relays was disqualified so not only do they NOT get those points, but they will incur a points penalty, also.
Energy Standard won this thing by almost four seconds last week. Not the case this week, as the home team blew out the field. Last week, the Centurions seemed to kind of split their two relays. This week, they loaded up their top relay with Sabbioni/Martinenghi/Rivolta/Miressi and profited big-time.
A DQ to the second-place Energy Standard relay is a massive, massive loss. They lose 14 points there, and only get 12 from their second relay, which was 4th but moved up to 3rd with the DQ. The DQ also moves up the Condors, though. That might be the swing that keeps this meet competitive, after Energy Standard had won a few key touchouts earlier in the session and threatened to run away with things again.
Coming out of the second break, Cali is 5.5 points ahead of their pace at this point last week. Energy Standard is way behind their pace with 13.5 less points than they had at this point last week. Aqua Centurions are up four and DC down two from last week.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 156.6
- Energy Standard – 145
- Aqua Centurions – 104
- DC Trident – 102.5
Women’s 200 free
- Siobhan Haughey – DCT – 1:52.01
- Ariarne Titmus – CAC – 1:52.90
- Kayla Sanchez – ENS – 1:53.78
- Federica Pellegrini – AQC – 1:53.85
- Femke Heemskerk – ENS – 1:55.11
- Annika Bruhn – DCT – 1:55.90
- Mallory Comerford – CAC – 1:56.37
- Sarah Kohler – AQC – 1:56.64
The crowd was electric with Federica Pellegrini swimming in the 200 free, going head-to-head against 19-year-old Ariarne Titmus of Cali Condors. DC Trident’s Siobhan Haughey was out first, though, with 26.53. Titmus pulled into second place at the 100. Kayla Sanchez from Energy Standard was in 3rd, with Pellegrini in 4th at the 150 wall. At the touch it was Haughey for DC Trident with the win in 1:52.01. That moved DC Trident back into 3rd place ahead of Aqua Centurions in team points.
DC needed a big swim from Haughey with Ledecky out, and they got it. She was about eight tenths faster than last week and has been an impact addition to their roster. The key storyline, though, was Aqua Centurions captain Pellegrini making her individual event debut and taking 4th. That was a crowd-pleaser, and also a big boost from the Centurions 7/8 finish last week.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 165.5
- Energy Standard – 155
- DC Trident – 114.5
- Aqua Centurions – 110
Men’s 200 free
- Breno Correia – AQC – 1:43.56
- Kacper Majchrzak – CAC – 1:43.58
- Ivan Girev – ENS – 1:48.21
- Chad le Clos – ENS – 1:44.07
- Zane Grothe – DCT – 1:44.10
- Poul Zellmann – AQC – 1:44.24
- Velimir Stjepanovic – DCT – 1:44.71
- Anton Ipson – CAC – 1:48.21
Kacper Majchrzak of Cali Condors went out early and led at the halfway mark, followed by DC Trident’s Zane Grothe. Breno Correia had a huge finish from the outside lane, though, to pull ahead of Majchrzak and give Aqua Centurions another win in front of the home crowd. Correia went 1:43.56 to touch out Majchrzak by 2/100. Energy Standard scored at 3rd and 4th places with Ivan Girev (1:48.21) and Chad le Clos (1:44.10) while Grothe faded to 5th with 1:44.10.
Energy Standard is using Chad le Clos much more this week, now that he’s presumably recovered from his illness in Indy. He was 4th in this race and allowed Energy Standard to go 3-4. That’s a major improvement from 6-8 last week. The race was brutally close and could have broken a lot of different ways between the top four or five. Not much of an improved showing for the Condors, who were 3-7 last week and go 2-8 this week despite swapping out their second swimmer. Consider this one a win for Energy Standard long-term.
Women’s 50 back
- Olivia Smoliga – CAC – 26.26
- Kylie Masse – CAC – 26.64
- Elena di Liddo – AQC – 26.68
- Georgia Davies – ENS – 26.86
- Simona Kubova – DCT – 26.88
- Emily Seebohm – ENS – 26.92
- Silvia Scalia – AQC – 27.16
- Lisa Bratton – DCT – 27.56
Cali Condors’ Olivia Smoliga won the 50 back for the second weekend in a row, this time with 26.26. She touched just ahead of teammate Kylie Masse (26.64) with Elena di Liddo of Aqua Centurions coming to the wall third with 26.68.
The Cali women strike back with a massive points swing. Smoliga was the second-busiest swimmer in Indy with 8 total swims, and she repeats as the winner here. Masse looked out of the hunt until the very end, but surged to third. Energy Standard was 3-5 last week but 4-6 this week. That’s a net loss for them. Maybe we’re not giving enough credit to home pool advantage: the Aqua Centurions are swimming much better than last week. They go 3-7 after taking 6th and 8th last week. Subbing in Elena di Liddo for Margherita Panziera was the key.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 189.5
- Energy Standard – 174
- Aqua Centurions – 130
- DC Trident – 125.5
Men’s 50 back
- Jeremy Stravius – DCT – 23.13
- Kliment Kolesnikov – ENS – 23.48
- Simone Sabbioni – AQC – 23.58
- Justin Ress – CAC – 23.88
- Apostolos Christou– AQC – 23.95
- Tristan Hollard – DCT – 24.17
- Kregor Zirk – ENS – 24.91
- Radoslaw Kawecki – CAC – 24.97
Jérémy Stravius had a big win for DC Trident in the 50 back, going 23.13 to beat Kliment Kolesnikov of Aqua Centurions by .35. Simone Sabbioni of Aqua Centurions was 3rd in 23.58, edging Cali Condors’ Justin Ress (23.88).
DC Trident went with Hollard and Vazaios last week, but getting Stravius into this event paid major dividends. The formula is becoming clear: get the best drop-dead sprinters you can and enter them at the expense of stroke specialists in the 50s. DC was 3-7 last week but 1-6 this week in a big improvement. There was a lot of lineup shifting from last week in this event. In fact, three of the four teams swapped out a swimmer from last week. This event is particularly difficult given the close proximity to the men’s free relay (and even the men’s medley in the last session) that obviously has a lot of crossover for most of the top sprinters.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 195.5
- Energy Standard – 183
- Aqua Centurions – 140
- DC Trident – 137.5
Women’s 200 breast
- Lilly King – CAC – 2:19.48
- Bethany Galat – DCT – 2:20.75
- Molly Hannis – CAC – 2:21.54
- Kierra Smith – ENS – 2:21.70
- Victoria Gunes – ENS – 2:22.06
- Georgia Bohl – AQC – 2:22.41
- Martina Carraro – AQC – 2:22.47
- Emma Barksdale – DCT – 2:25.25
It was a fantastic display of racing between Lilly King and Bethany Galat. King was out quickly but it looked as though Galat might catch her. King quickened her pace at the end and held on for her 5th ISL breaststroke win in a row. Cali Condors got 15 points with a 1-3 finish from King (2:19.48) and Molly Hannis (2:21.54). Galat took 2nd with 2:20.75.
The Cali Condors were without last week’s 2nd-place finisher Kelsey Wog, and it did cost them. Hannis was a solid third, and used her unique strategy of skipping her underwater pullouts on at least the last 50. But DC’s Bethany Galat had a much better swim than last week, cutting almost two seconds to take second. Galat had to fill in a lot of gaps last week, swimming butterfly despite not really being a butterflyer. This week, she’s gotten to focus more on her wheelhouse, and it’s showing.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 210.5
- Energy Standard – 192
- DC Trident – 145.5
- Aqua Centurions – 145
Men’s 200 breast
- Ilya Shymanovich – ENS – 2:04.60
- Nic Fink – CAC – 2:06.20
- Cody Miller – DCT – 2:07.40
- Nicolo Martinenghi – AQC – 2:07.56
- Fabio Scozzoli – AQC – 2:08.07
- Kevin Cordes – DCT – 2:09.39
- Andrew Wilson – CAC – 2:09.39
- Max Stupin – ENS – 2:09.96
Ilya Shymanovich gave Energy Standard another 9 points with his 2:04.60 win in the 200 breast. Nic Fink slipped by DC Trident’s Cody Miller over the final 50 meters to give Cali Condors a 2nd-place finish, 2:06.20 to 2:07.40. Nicolo Martinenghi and Fabio Scozzoli of Aqua Centurions finished 4th and 5th.
Missing Anton Chupkov this week was a big blow to Energy Standard. Though Shymanovich won (he was second last week to Chupkov), they had to enter IMer Max Stupin as their second swimmer, and he was 8th. Cali was up and down too, though. Fink moved up to second after taking third last week, but Andrew Wilson fell from 5th to 7th. DC got a boost from Kevin Cordes, though, who was 6th compared to Ian Finnerty’s 8th last week. The Aqua Centurions have a great men’s breaststroke group and this was their weak point last week with a 6-7. They were a more solid 4-5 here, in their weakest of the three breaststroke events.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 219.5
- Energy Standard – 202
- DC Trident – 154.5
- Aqua Centurions – 154
Men’s 4×100 free
- Energy Standard 1 – 3:07.58
- Cali Condors – 3:08.55
- Aqua Centurions – 3:08.94
- Energy Standard 2 – 3:09.36
- Aqua Centurions 2 – 3:10.12
- DC Trident – 3:12.42
- Cali Condors 2 – 3:12.94
- DC Trident 2 – 3:15.70
Energy Standard were 1-2 from lanes 1 and 2 after the leadoff leg. They held their positions over the second leg, but Aqua Centurions moved into 2nd place from lane 8 over the third leg. Chad le Clos brought it home for Energy Standard, holding off Caeleb Dressel who moved Cali Condors past Aqua Centurions into 2nd place.
Energy Standard stacked the front of both relays and sat 1-2 for a long time. They wound up 1-4 based on their superior relay depth. That’s slightly worse than last week’s 1-3, but that was expected with Dressel joining the Condors, who were 5th last week. The Aqua Centurions were much closer to what we’d expected from their strong sprint lineup – they went 3-5, compared to 2-7 last week. The losers this time around were the DC Trident, which faded to 6-8 and will be in tough shape to pass the Centurions for third tomorrow.
UPDATED TEAM SCORES
- Cali Condors – 237.5
- Energy Standard – 230
- Aqua Centurions – 174
- DC Trident – 162.5
The home team is blowing out their lackluster week 1 performance. The Aqua Centurions are up 13.5 points from where they were at this point a week ago. Cali is also ahead of pace, up 8 points. Meanwhile Energy Standard is down 20 – much of that was a 14-point relay DQ. DC Trident is down 2.5 points from last week.