International Swimming League Match 4 in Budapest – Day 2 Live Recap


  • Group B, Match 2
  • Saturday, October 26 – Saturday, October 27, 2019
  • 6:00-8:00 PM Local Time – UTC+2 (12:00-2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Duna Arena, Budapest, Hungary
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • ESPN3 Live Stream Links:
  • Group B: Iron, LA Current, London Roar, New York Breakers
  • Start Lists (pre-meet)
  • Full day 1 results
  • Full day 2 results

Lane Assignments for day two:

  • Lanes 1 & 2 – LA Current
  • Lanes 3 & 4 – New York Breakers
  • Lanes 5 & 6 – Iron
  • Lanes 7 & 8 – London Roar

We’re back, coming to you live as day two of the second ISL group B match goes down in Budapest. Day one saw the London Roar get out to a commanding 39-point lead behind commanding performances for Adam Peaty and the Campbell sisters. Today, we’re slated to see Peaty in his signature 100 breast, hometown favorite Katinka Hosszu in the 200 IM, and the exciting skins battles.

SwimSwam’s Reid Carlson provides color commentary below the results.


1.    Emma McKeon – London Roar – 51.02
1.    Cate Campbell – London Roar – 51.02
3.    Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Iron – 51.96
4.    Pernille Blume – New York Breakers – 52.33
5.    Madison Wilson – New York Breakers – 52.41
6.    Beryl Gasraldello – LA Current – 52.65
7.    Margo Geer – LA Current – 52.67
8.    Kim Busch – Iron – 56.56

Ranomi Kromowidjojo had half a body length on Cate Campbell off the dive, but Campbell wasted no time pulling back ahead of the field. Her London Roar teammate Emma McKeon, however, had other ideas — she came roaring back (sorry) to tie with Campbell, earning 16 points for the team. Kromowidjojo, representing Iron, ended up in third place.

Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon got things off to a fearsome start for London Roar by tying for first place. Though Campbell was out half-a-second faster, McKeon charged down the final 25 meters to hit the wall simultaneously with her fellow Lion/Dolphin. With a time of 51.02 both women now share the world-leading time in the SCM version of this race.


1.    Kyle Chalmers – London Roar – 45.77
2.    Vladimir Morozov – Iron – 46.42
3.    Nathan Adrian – LA Current – 46.70
4.    Markus Thormeyer – New York Breakers – 46.86
5.    Pieter Timmers – Iron – 46.93
6.    Marcelo Chierighini – New York Breakers – 47.01
7.    Michael Chadwick – LA Current – 47.15
8.    Cameron McEvoy – London Roar – 47.56

Kyle Chalmers‘ back half of the race won this for him, as he overtook Vlad Morozov and dropped the hammer off the third wall, finishing in 45.77, tying Caeleb Dressel for the fastest time in the ISL so far. Morozov finished second in 46.42, and Nathan Adrian, Markus Thormeyer and Pieter Timmers snuck under :46 as well.

Kyle Chalmers nabbed another win for London in the men’s 100 free with a commanding 45.77 to win by a body-length. Vlad Morozov and Nathan Adrian were out fast but couldn’t hang with Chalmers on the final 50 meters. Chalmers, who is also an adept 100 meter butterfly racer in LCM, ricocheted off the third wall to take what became an insurmountable lead over the other 7 men in the pool.


1.    Alia Atkinson – Iron – 1:03.84
2.    Breeja Larson – New York Breakers – 1:04.40
3.    Annie Lazor – LA Current – 1:04.41
4.    Jess Hansen – London Roar – 1:04.45
5.    Jenna Laukkanen – Iron – 1:05.32
6.    Emily Escobedo – New York Breakers – 1:05.76
7.    Sydney Pickrem – London Roar – 1:05.85
8.    Jhennifer Conceicao – LA Current – 1:05.93

Alia Atkinson, second a week ago, took the win for team Iron. After winning the 50 yesterday, she took this race out hard as well, leading the field the entire way; she was the only finisher under 1:04. Fellow Texas A&M alum and Olympian Breeja Larson took second, edging Annie Lazor by one one hundredth of a second.

Alia Atkinson captures decisive points for Iron with a win in the 100 breaststroke. Atkinson was out fast as ever and still managed to hold off Breeja Larson, perhaps the best back-half swimmer in the field. Though Atkinson and Larson represent different clubs, both represented the Texas A&M Aggies in NCAA competition during their amateur careers. Jenna Laukkanen secured Iron another 4 points with a 5th-place finish.


1.    Adam Peaty – London Roar – 56.19
2.    Felipe Lima – LA Current – 57.04
3.    Kirill Prigoda – London Roar – 57.29
4.    Michael Andrew – New York Breakers – 57.74
5.    Erik Persson – Iron – 58.23
6.    Marco Koch – New York Breakers – 58.40
7.    Josh Prenot – LA Current – 58.73
8.    Peter John Stevens – Iron – 59.50

To no one’s surprise, London Roar’s Adam Peaty turned it on in the second 50 to control the race, his second individual win of his ISL debut. Kirill Prigoda and Felipe Lima were not far behind in the early lengths, but neither were able to get under :57. Michael Andrew was the final swimmer to get under 58 seconds. The race yielded big points for the London Roar, who finished first and third.

Adam Peaty showcased his signature super turnover to take the win in the men’s 100 breaststroke in 56.19. While Peaty is far and away the most dominant 100 breaststroke competitor in the Olympic venue, he is not considered the obvious favorite in the short course venues. Kirill Prigoda nabbed another 6 points for Roar with a 3rd-place finish, while LA’s Felipe Lima sandwiched himself between the two, securing 7 points for the Current, last weekend’s second-place team in their ISL debut in Dallas. Peaty’s time was nearly a full second faster than Lima’s, who hit in 57.04 ahead of Prigoda’s 57.29. The New York Breakers and Iron did not fare well in this race, placing 4th/6th and 5th/8th, respectively.


1.    Ajna Kesely – Iron – 4:01.27
2.    Veronika Andrusenko – Iron – 4:02.10
3.    Boglarka Kapas – London Roar – 4:02.49
4.    Mireia Belmonte – London Roar -4:04.10
5.    Katie McLaughlin – LA Current – 4:04.11
6.    Reva Foos – New York Breakers – 4:04.99
7.    Gabby DeLoof – New York Breakers – 4:07.82
8.    Anastasia Gorbenko – LA Current – 4:12.88

Team Iron scored huge points with 18-year-old Ajna Kesely talking the win. Veronika Andrusenko touched next, giving Iron 16 points in the event. The London Roar went three-four, with Boglarka Kapas and Mireia Belmonte battling through. Sixteen-year-old Anastasia Gorbenko missed the minimum time standard.

Anja Kesely won the women’s 100 freestyle on home turf as both a Hungarian and a member of Iron, hitting the wall in 4:01.27. Iron teammate Veronika Andrusenko slammed a 4:02.10 to take 2nd, bringing in another 7 points for Iron for a total of 16 in that race alone. Boglarka Kapas and Mireia Belmonte finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, bringing in a total of 11 points for London Roar, which has proven itself to be the most dominant European team in Group B. The European derby will pit Energy Standard and London Roar against one another for what should be a very exciting battle. LA Current, an American team with the depth and top-end talent to put Roar on watch last weekend in Dallas in the overall points battle, did not fare as well in this event with 5th and 8th place finishes, and was deducted a point for their 8th-place finisher hitting the wall above the minimum time standard in this race. The Breakers finished 6th and 7th.


1.    Elijah Winnington – London Roar – 3:38.30
2.    Kristof Milak – Iron – 3:39.37
3.    Jack McLoughlin – New York Breakers – 3:39.41
4.    Henrik Christiansen – Iron – 3:39.73
5.    Clyde Lewis – New York Breakers – 3:41.73
6.    Alexander Graham – London Roar – 3:44.75
7.    Andrew Seliskar – LA Current – 3:46.96
8.    Blake Pieroni – LA Current – 3:49.32

Nineteen-year-old Elijah Winnington got out to an early lead and didn’t look back, scoring nine points for the London Roar. Kristof Milak, representing Iron, took second, and the Breakers’ Jack McLoughlin finished third. Henrik Christiansen, representing Iron, was the final man to get under 3:40. LA Current went 7-8, but Seliskar will have a quick turnaround to swim the 200 IM.

Elijah Winnington took the men’s 400 freestyle with a 3:38.30, over a second ahead of Iron’s Kristof Milak, who surely uses middle-distance freestyle to supplement his 200 butterfly training. Henrik Christiansen took 4th for Iron, securing them a vital 12 points total in this event. LA Current had a poor showing with 7th and 8th-place finishes in this heat, though the Current will be very strong in other races, particularly the upcoming 200 IM and 100 backstroke, so the setback is not necessarily detrimental, and Andrew Seliskar, Current’s 7th-place finisher, is the odds-on favorite in the men’s 200 IM, which will start only about 30 minutes later.


1.    London Roar – 3:47.39
2.    London Roar – 3:49.65
3.    LA Current – 3:49.85
4.    New York Breakers – 3:50.74
5.    Iron – 3:52.32
6.    New York Breakers – 3:52.45
7.    LA Current – 3:54.91
8.    Iron – 3:55.93

Minna Atherton gave the London Roar a huge lead after her leadoff 55.12 swim — just .09 off the 100 back world record. Jess Hansen pulled further ahead on breast, and Marie Wattel held on for fly. The win was basically sealed with sprint star Cate Campbell on the anchor leg, and the Roar picked up 32 points.

Atherton blasted out to a commanding lead in the 100 backstroke to lead off London Roar’s 4 x 100 medley relay, throwing down a 55.12 for the second-fastest time in history, behind only Katinka Hosszu‘s 55.03, the World Record. Atherton will swim the 100 backstroke individually in about 30 minutes–perhaps the excitement and adrenaline of her new lifetime best/Australian National Record/Oceanic Record will fuel her to become the fastest woman in history in the SCM version of this race. If Atherton hadn’t swum the first leg it might have been a close race as the other three swimmers didn’t pull away from the rest to nearly the same extent as Atherton who set up the massive lead for the Roar. Cate Campbell, co-champion earlier this session in the 100 freestyle, sealed the deal as the anchor on roar’s medley with a 51.70, the fastest split in the field. Apparently hoping to split the relays, Roar’s “B” team featured Emma McKeon on butterfly where she posted a 55.42, the fastest time in the field. Had she been on the “A” team instead of Barratt then Roar’s two-second victory would have been even greater. The tactic paid off, however, as Roar went 1-2 in the women’s 4 x 100 medley, securing 32 total points. Amy Bilquist led off in 56.59 for the LA Current, just ahead of London’s “B” team, which was led off by Holly Barratt in 56.60. The Current placed 3rd and 7th in the relay, while the Breakers were 4th and 6th and Iron 5th and 8th, a poor showing for the home team, which is locked in a tight battle with Current for 2nd-place in team standings.

Results through the first break

MEN’S 200 IM

1.    Andrew Seliskar – LA Current – 1:53.11
2.    Josh Prenot – LA Current – 1:54.59
3.    Gunnar Bentz – Iron – 1:55.09
4.    Finlay Knox – London Roar – 1:55.30
5.    Vini Lanza – London Roar – 1:55.67
6.    David Verraszto – Iron – 1:56.74
7.    Tomas Peribonio – New York Breakers – 1:57.54
8.    Mack Darragh – New York Breakers – 1:58.91

The versatile former NCAA star Andrew Seliskar led from the first 25 for the LA Current and held on for a commanding win, a reprise performance from last week. Fellow Cal alum and LA Current teammate Josh Prenot finished second (he was third last week); they were the only two swimmers under 1:55.

After placing a mere 7th in the men’s 400 free, LA Current’s Andrew Seliskar took a commanding win in the men’s 200 IM. Though he was near even with the field at 100 meters, he distanced himself on the breaststroke and the freestyle. Josh Prenot, a former NCAA Champion in the 400 yard IM and 200 yard breaststroke, poured on his own closing speed to hit the wall 2nd–big points for the Current. Gunnar Bentz and David Varaszto placed 3rd and 6th for Iron. The Breakers suffer from 7th and 8th-place finishes


The crowd went wild for hometown star Katinka Hosszu, swimming in lane 8 to set up the outside smoke. She led slightly at the halfway mark, then took off on breaststroke. Sydney Pickrem started to close the gap, but Hosszu left her in the dust on the final 50.

Katinka Hosszu dominated the women’s 200 IM, despite swimming out of lane 8. London’s Sydney Pickrem looked to challenge Hosszu over the first 100 meters, but couldn’t hang with the Iron Lady on the final 100. Hosszu’s new training will be put to the test later when she dives back in to swim the women’s 200 butterfly, a race that will in feature four of the same women as the IM, barring any last-minute changes by the coaches.


1.    Szebasztian Szabo – Iron – 22.20
2.    Tom Shields – LA Current – 22.58
3.    Michael Andrew – New York Breakers – 22.73
4.    Dylan Carter – LA Current – 22.84
4.    Kristof Milak – Iron – 22.84
6.    Marius Kusch – New York Breakers – 22.89
7.    James Guy – London Roar – 23.34
8.    Kirill Prigoda – London Roar – 23.66

Crowd favorite Sebastian Szabo took the win over Tom Shields, and beat out Dressel’s world-leading time, going 22.20. Shields was 22.48 for the LA Current, with the Breakers’ Michael Andrew nabbing his first top three finish of the weekend. Dylan Carter gave the Current a 2-4 finish.

Szebasztian Szabo wins the men’s 50 fly to secure much-needed points for Iron, which is locked in a battle for 2nd in the team standings with LA Current. Current’s Tom Shields placed 2nd, while Current’s Dylan Carter and Iron’s Kristof Milak split the 4th place points due to a tie. Roar finished in an uncharacteristic 7th and 8th, though they will not be hurt by this result as their current lead is so massive.


1.    Beryl Gastaldello – LA Current – 24.92
1.    Holly Barratt – London Roar – 24.92
3.    Marie Wattel – London Roar – 25.33
4.    Farida Osman – LA Current – 25.76
5.    Haley Black – New York Breakers – 26.09
6.    Kimberly Buys – Iron – 26.15
7.    Alia Atkinson – Iron – 26.59
8.    Breeja Larson – New York Breakers – 27.50

Baryl Gastaldello and Holly Barratt gave us our second tie of the day, both going 24.92 for a win (the former for the Current and the latter for the Roar). They were the only two finishers to get under 25.

Beryl Gastaldello’s win in the 50 fly pairs nicely with Farida Osman’s 4th-place finish to bring in 14 points for the Current. Roar, meanwhile, sandwiched themselves in between with 2nd and 3rd-place efforts for a total of 13 points. Iron’s 6th and 7th-place finishes are great for the Current.


1.    Guilherme Guido – London Roar – 49.61
2.    Ryan Murphy – LA Current – 49.78
3.    Robert Glinta – Iron – 50.10
4.    Matt Grevers – LA Current – 50.47
5.    Christian Diener – London Roar – 50.78
6.    Richard Bohus – Iron – 51.76
7.    Grigory Tarasevich – New York Breakers – 52.31
8.    Marius Kusch – New York Breakers – 54.43

Guilherme Guido continued his stellar weekend for the Roar, edging out American star Ryan Murphy, who made a late push. Robert Glinta was third for Iron, just missing the 50-second barrier. Matt Grevers and Christian Diener were the final swimmers under :51, and a full second ahead of the sixth-place finisher Richard Bohus.

London’s Guilherme Guido upset Current’s Ryan Murphy for the 2nd weekend in a row, hitting the wall first in the men’s 100 back. Murphy and Grevers secure 12 points for Current, giving them two solid heats in a row. The Breakers finish 7th and 8th, falling further behind in the points standings.


1.    Minna Atherton – London Roar – 54.89
2.    Amy Bilquist – LA Current – 56.64
3.    Ali DeLoof – New York Breakers – 57.52
4.    Katinka Hosszu – Iron – 58.11
5.    Linnea Mack – LA Current – 58.45
6.    Holly Barratt – London Roar – 58.57
7.    Mie Nielson – Iron – 59.16
8.    Gabby DeLoof – New York Breakers – 59.34

After coming close a few times already this weekend, Minna Atherton became the first woman to break :55 seconds in the short course 100 back. She blew away the field, besting second-place finisher Amy Bilquist (Current) by nearly two full seconds. Bilquist herself was nearly a full second ahead of third-place finisher Ali DeLoof, who was the last swimmer under :58.

Roar’s Minna Atherton set the first World Record ever in ISL competition with a 54.89 in the women’s 100 backstroke. While times are not the main focus of these competitions, a World Record is a World Record, and let’s not kid ourselves, it’s freaking cool. Amy Bilquist took 2nd for LA Current while Linnea Mack took 5th, giving Current 11 points. Absolutely zero extra points were earned by Atherton’s World Record; Atherton’s teammate Holly Barratt placed 7th netting 2 points, which means that Roar and Current actually earned an equal 11 points in this event.


1.    London Roar – 3:17.05
2.    LA Current – 3:18.97
3.    New York Breakers – 3:20.13
4.    Iron – 3:21.41
5.    London Roar 2 – 3:21.55
6.    LA Current 2 – 3:21.66
7.    New York Breakers 2 – 3:24.35
8.    Iron 2 – 3:24.76

London Roar continued its relay dominance, picking up 32 more points with the relay team comprised of Cameron McEvoy, Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell (3:17.05). The Current were not far behind, with Michael Chadwick, Blake Pieroni, Margo Geer and Aly Tetzloff combining for a 3:18.97.

London Roar’s victory in the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay is important, obviously–the Roar hit the wall nearly 2 seconds ahead of LA Current. Roar’s second team which placed 5th also made an important contribution to their team’s campaign if for no other reason than by once again beating out LA Current for that spot, whose “B” team picked up 6th and 6 points

Results through the second break


1.    Katinka Hosszu – Iron – 2:05.37
2.    Katie McLaughlin – LA Current – 2:05.41
3.    Alys Thomas – New York Breakers – 2:07.05
4.    Zsuzsanna Jakabos – Iron – 2:07.41
5.    Boglarka Kapas – London Roar – 2:07.82
6.    Mireia Belmonte – London Roar – 2:09.39
7.    Emily Overholt – New York Breakers – 2:10.55
8.    Bailey Andison – LA Current – 2:14.50

Katie McLaughlin led at the 150, but Katinka Hosszu ran her down to take the win for Iron on the final 25 by .04, igniting the crowd. McLaughlin still finished over a second-and-a-half ahead of the rest of the field, and Alys Thomas (Breakers) rounded out the podium. Behind her was Boglarka Kapas, who was the last summer to get under 2:09.

Iron’s Katinka Hosszu mounted a charge over the final 50 meters to take the victory in the women’s 200 fly in her final individual race of the meet, getting ahead of Current’s Katie McLaughlin by 0.04. Jackabos nabbed 4th and 5 more points for Iron, while overall point leaders London placed 5th and 6th.


1.    Kristof Milak – Iron – 1:49.98
2.    Tom Shields – LA Current – 1:50.25
3.    Jack Conger – LA Current – 1:52.74
4.    Gunnar Bentz – Iron – 1:53.28
5.    James Guy – London Roar – 1:54.03
6.    Jonathan Gomez – New York Breakers – 1:55.82
7.    Mack Darragh – New York Breakers – 1:55.84
8.    Vini Lanza – London Roar – 1:57.35

Long course world record holder Kristof Milak led for much of the way, but Tom Shields charged back to touch nearly simultaneously at the 175-mark. Milak powered through the last 25, however, to take the win. They were well ahead of third-place finisher Jack Conger, who in turn was half a second ahead of Gunnar Bentz.

Kristof Milak won the men’s 200 fly, getting his hands on the wall just ahead of Current’s Tom Shields. Current fared well in this event thanks to a 3rd-place finish by Jack Conger, securing a total of 13 points for LA.  The Breakers did not fare as well with 6th and 7th-place finishes.



1.    Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Iron – 23.71
2.    Cate Campbell – London Roar – 23.72
3.    Pernille Blume – New York Breakers – 23.87
4.    Beryl Gastaldello – LA Current – 23.95
5.    Emma McKeon – London Roar – 24.03
6.    Kim Busch – Iron – 24.19
7.    Madison Wilson – New York Breakers – 24.46
8.    Amy Bilquist – LA Current – 24.50

Each team had a swimmers make it through to semis, with Kromowidjojo leading the way by one one-hundredth over Cate Campbell. The remaining semifinalists were the only other swimmers under 24 seconds.


1.    Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Iron – 23.97
2.    Cate Campbell – London Roar – 24.05
3.    Beryl Gastaldello – LA Current – 24.64
4.    Pernille Blume – New York Breakers – 24.57

Though they slowed by a few tenths, it was the top two finishers in Round 1 who also advanced to the final.


1.    Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Iron – 24.28
2.    Cate Campbell – London Roar – 25.31

Campbell was behind from the get-go, losing the race off the dive. Kromoqwidjojo ended up pulling way ahead and winning by nearly a second, her second-straight skins victory.

London Roar gambled on the women’s skins race by replacing Bronte Campbell with Emma McKeon, who failed to advance beyond the 1st heat. Had London utilized Bronte Campbell they could have at least gotten a preview of what she might bring to the table at the Finals in Las Vegas in December. Sister and teammate Cate Campbell, meanwhile, advanced to the 2nd round, alongside Iron’s Kromowidjojo, the Breaker’s Pernille Blume, and LA’s Gastaldello. Kromowidjojo and Campbell secured themselves triple points by advancing to the 3rd and final round, which was won by Kromowidjojo, last weekend’s women’s skins champion. Kromowidjojo was explosive off the blocks in the 3rd round, setting up a lead she carried through to the end, hitting the wall to bring Iron 27 points to Campbell’s 21.



1.    Vladimir Morozov – Iron – 20.90
2.    Nathan Adrian – LA Current – 20.97
3.    Kyle Chalmers – London Roar – 21.08
4.    Michael Andrew – New York Breakers – 21.15
5.    Ryan Held – LA Current – 21.22
6.    Brad Tandy – New York Breakers – 21.34
7.    Cameron McEvoy – London Roar – 21.40
8.    Szebasztian Szabo – Iron – 21.47

Once again, a swimmer from each team advanced to the semifinal, with Vlad Morozov (Iron) leading the way.


1.    Kyle Chalmers – London Roar – 21.63
2.    Vladimir Morozov – Iron – 21.76
3.    Nathan Adrian – LA Current – 21.97
4.    Michael Andrew – New York Breakers – 22.71

Michael Andrew got off to a good start and turn, but Kyle Chalmers and Vlad Morozov — swimming next to each other — will advance to the finals.


Chalmers, breathing ever stroke, pulled ahead over the last 15 yards or so to take the win. Both he and Dressel swam 21s on all three rounds in their wins.

Just like the women’s skins event, all four teams advanced one swimmer to the 2nd round, with Vladimir Morozov leading the pack with a 20.90 for Iron. Kyle Chalmers of the Breakers, Nathan Adrian of LA Current, and Kyle Chalmers of London Roar also advance. Morozov led through the first 25 meters of the 2nd round but was overtaken on the 2nd lap by Chalmers, who touched first. Chalmers and Morozov advance to the final round and will earn triple points. Adrian and Andrew do not advance but still earn double the regular points for their efforts. Chalmers takes the victory in round 3, breathing every stroke yet still managing to hit the wall in under 22 seconds. Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel, the skins champion from Naples, swam 21s in all 3 of their 50s in their respective skins events this weekend and two weeks ago. In terms of team points, Chalmers brings in another 27 points for Roar while Morozov pulls in 21 for Iron, crucial to their 2nd-place campaign in the team standings.


  1. London Roar – 505.5 2
  2. Iron – 425.0 3
  3. LA Current – 408.0
  4. NY Breakers – 292.5

London Roar is officially on a winning streak, but whether they can keep the streak alive when they square off with Energy Standard at the European derby in November is anybody’s guess. Iron and the LA Current traded places this weekend, with the Hungarian team getting the better of LA by 17 to place 2nd. Iron out-performed the Current in the skins competitions to score 52 points to LA’s 29, giving Iron the final edge.

The Breakers and the DC Trident will have an interesting battle for third at the derby in Maryland next month, while the two California teams duke it out for first and second. The Breakers and the Aqua Centurions have both placed 4th in each of their two competitions this season. With only one meet remaining before the final in Las Vegas in December, it’s unlikely that either the Breakers or the Centurions will be racing at Mandalay Bay.

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3 years ago

Great to see the Aussie big names- Campbells, McKeon, Atherton, Chalmers, Winington etc.. get some fierce International competition under their belts before the Olympics. I think this is one of the things they have lacked in previous years.

3 years ago

Any word on when Vegas tickets are going on sale? Kind of hard to book a trip without a couple months notice at least

3 years ago

Chalmers is such a beast, pretty much all the other guys in skins are drop dead sprinters but he has the endurance edge to back up his swims

Reply to  MKW
3 years ago

Agreed, but I would say that Dressel has a similar endurance edge in the sense that he can do multiple swims, despite being more of a pure sprinter!

Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

and I am surprised that Michael Andrew didn’t do better in the skin races which I thought is close to his training – fast swim and not a lot of rest. I thought he posted he was doing 3 sets of 30 x 50 (in September?), so I assumed he will be very good at skin race or his time would be more consistence that others. But he added most time between 1st and 2nd round.

Reply to  spectatorn
3 years ago

He obviously needs even more USRPT. It’s not working for him.

Reply to  spectatorn
3 years ago

3 sets of 30×50? 4500 seems like a bit much for MA?

I do wonder if we’re seeing a big limitation of USRPT here though. Perhaps it’s a blip and MA will start to perform in the way many expected, but I wonder if USRPT won’t work as well in the ISL format as some expected. For folks with more traditional training the ISL sessions are basically a practice session. For MA, the session is 3-4 times longer than his practice sessions and I wonder if his body isn’t used to performing at a high level with fatigue over such a relatively longer times. Using the logic of USRPT, how is one supposed to do well in a 2 hour… Read more »

Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

Perhaps too much racing this couple weeks

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Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

Morozov raced as much as him.

Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago
Found his Instagram post that I was thinking of.

This clip was my 30th 50 Fly at 200 pace 🤙🏽… this morning my session was as follows:
30 x 50s Fly (200 pace)
30 x 50s Free (200 pace)
30 x 50s IM order (200 pace)

20 seconds rest between each 50 and a few minutes active recovery between each round of 30 👌🏽! Was a solid morning, now for a big breakfast and then off to the gym

Reply to  spectatorn
3 years ago

Thanks for finding that!

Reply to  spectatorn
3 years ago

His endurance across a large schedule is massively overrated.

Spotted Zebra
3 years ago

Wonderful opening to the session with co-victors in the women’s 100m freestyle. Great day for Chalmers, winning both the 100m freestyle and the Skins showdown. Kesely used smart tactics while swimming the 400m freestyle (controlling the first 150m, building the next 50m into the 200m turn, then pushing the third 100m and pulling away). Seliskar and Hosszu both completed monster schedules; Seliskar’s 200m I.M. win and Hosszu’s 200m butterfly win were particularly gritty and impressive. Atherton’s 100m backstroke world record was stunning and well-deserved, and women’s backstroke worldwide is incredibly exciting right now.

Shields had a fantastic 200m butterfly, closing strong and challenging Milak, and he (Shields) has shown admirable perseverance in this event. It was great to see… Read more »

Spotted Zebra
Reply to  Spotted Zebra
3 years ago

Follow up: I did some cursory online research, and one (non-athletic, language-based) website informed me that “SINKS” is an anagram for “SKINS.” So, until I learn otherwise, I am going to assume that the name SKINS stems from the idea that throughout the rounds of the challenge, athletes become increasingly likely to sink. 😛

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Spotted Zebra
3 years ago

This is my question too. Pretty hard to understand for a non-native English speaker. I only know one explanation for the word ‘skin’.

3 years ago

Get here late and looking for team scores…

Thought ISL is about scores…. 😆

Reply to  spectatorn
3 years ago

London Roar: 505.5
Iron: 425
LA Current: 408
NY Breakers: 292.5

Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

Thanks 😊

Miss M
Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

This opens the door for DC Trident, if they can beat the LA Current in the next meet. Current have a 2nd and 3rd. Trident have 2 x 3rds. If they finish second and Current 3rd to Condors, they will possibly have done enough to qualify for the finals in Vegas.

Reply to  Miss M
3 years ago

Wouldn’t they then be tied in that hypothetical situation?

Miss M
Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

Yep, hence the possibly. There is some sort of tiebreak that SwimSwam outlined a little while ago.

Reply to  Miss M
3 years ago

Tie breaker is most points scored. If they’re tied in most points scored (that is, meet points, the 400-something per meet) then there’s a mixed medley swimoff. The logistics of that seems like a nightmare, so I’m sure ISL is crossing their fingers that it doesn’t come to that.

3 years ago

Wow Chalmers beat Morozov despite having swam the mixed free relay which Morozov didn’t swim

Reply to  Boomer
3 years ago

Impressive recovery and endurance. Being a 200m swimmer too probably helps.

Reply to  Boomer
3 years ago

Team Iron/Morozov may calculate that if he got in to the 3rd round then Team Iron would be ahead of Current in team race. So Morozov went all out in the 2nd round to be ahead of Adrian. If Adrian got to 3rd round and come 2nd, the team score would be Iron 416, Current 417.

Well play, Team Iron.

3 years ago

IMHO the skins are vastly overvalued. Best in events worth over 30 points, ones best in 3 events earn 27 points I guess the reason is that the day should end with a “drama”. It reminds me of the penalty shootout at the end
of soccer games (except that penalties come only after a draw).
No wonder Hosszú contemplates changing her style and start training for 50 free.

Reply to  Octopus
3 years ago

Days when Hosszu was a factor in individual competition of some particular stroke are long over. Don’t be in denial. But of course she can continue beating amateur swimmers in some strokes to your pleasure for many days ahead. If they pay of course.

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

It has nothing to do with Hossu. She will likely be dominant though not untouchable in the two IMs in Tokyo, depending on how much others improve.
Mentioning Hosszu I was only alluding to an interview days ago, whre she said her next target is 50 free (I do not know how serious she was).

Reply to  Octopus
3 years ago

The ISL is all about putting on a big show. The skins are the culmination of it. Even for a seasoned viewer, they are a lot of fun to watch. And if it’s all about entertainment value, it’s only fair that the most entertaining event gets the most points. However, the suggestion to have draw the stroke has been made a couple of times in the last weeks and I think that’d be a good idea. Just to get some sprint variety in there.

Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

I understand the entertainment point of view. Yet, for me at least, the highlight and best performance came from Minna Atherton, while the skins finals, again only for me, were not at all the climax of the day. I am not happy to see that disproportionately more money goes into the 50 m

Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

If they want to test out new formats, better we test them out now during the inaugural season so we can give feedback. I think there will be more viewership post-Olympics and that will play a bigger factor as to the continued interest in the league

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Octopus
3 years ago

I suggest the team gets 3x points, but swimmers only get 1x points from skins final.

Gen D
Reply to  bear drinks beer
3 years ago

I understand where you’re coming from but the finalists do swim 3 races…

3 years ago

Chalmers breathing EVERY stroke goes 21,76 at his third race of the skins.. WOW

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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