International Swimming League Will Add 100 IM to Schedule in 2020-2021

The International Swimming League (ISL) will add the 100 IM to its schedule for the 2020-2021 season according to Toronto Titans general manager Robert Kent.

While details about change for the new season of ISL have been very hard to come by, and the league itself has declined requests for more information, the general manager of the league’s newest team told SwimSwam on Thursday that the league will be adding at least one new event to its schedule: the 100 IM.

This addition of this event, which only exists in short course pools, also confirms that the ISL will continue to use short course meters events in year 2. Originally, the ISL announced a plan to let host teams choose between short course and long course meters, but that plan was quickly scrapped in favor of an all-short course format.

At the most recent World Short Course Swimming Championships, the 100 IM men’s title was won by Russia’s Kliment Kolsenikov (Energy Standard), with silver going to Marco Orsi (didn’t participate in year 1) and bronze going to Hiromasa Fujimori (didn’t participate in year 1). Fujimori has received a doping suspension since that bronze medal and is ineligible for ISL competition.

Other big names who are likely to contend in the 100 IM are Michael Andrew (New York Breakers), the 2016 World Champion in the event, and the World Record holder Vlad Morozov (No announcement this year, but a member of Iron last year). Morozov (#1), Orsi (#8), and Florent Manaudou (Energy Standard, #7) are the only swimmers among the top 10 all-time that are both still active and ISL eligible.

On the women’s side, Katinka Hosszu is the dominant force after going undefeated in both the 200 IM and 400 IM in her first ISL season. She is the 4-time defending World Champion in the event and is also a 4-time European Champion, in addition to being the World Record holder.

Japan’s Runa Imai (who didn’t swim year 1 of the ISL) was the silver medalist at Worlds in 2018 while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took bronze. Sarah Sjostrom (Energy Standard last year) is the 2nd-ranked swimmer in history, with Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (London Roar last year) and Kayla Sanchez (Toronto Titans) having also been sub-58 seconds among active swimmers.

The wildcards in the races will be the American swimmers, as the event is not given much credence among elite swimmers, philosophically, in the U.S. Caeleb Dressel will be a contender, for example, and possibly a World Record breaker if he chose to swim the event.

Long a favorite of summer league competitors, the 100 IM is held at most international championship events outside of the United States. That includes the European Championships and the World Championships.

The only other clue we’ve gotten about what year 2 will look like is that Energy Standard says they believe Scottish breaststroker Imogen Clark will be “especially valuable” in the new season “with some exciting changes to the @iswimleague format.”

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1 year ago

100 IM is my favorite event to race.

And honestly I think all swim fans want to see Dressel v. Manaudou v. Morozov v. Andrew. Not sure who the favorite would be there.

Tiny Hands
1 year ago

Dressel is the favorite. His explosiveness makes makes him a short course monster.

Reply to  Tiny Hands
1 year ago

Morozov has insane explosiveness in short course also. And Andrew is an all around sprint star. And Manaudou is just a beast. I don’t think you can say Dressel is a favorite, especially with backstroke being a relative weakness for him.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

My gut is telling me Andrew is the favorite. Especially after seeing his great swims at the recent PSS. I think he has taken it to the next level after adding weights to his routine.
I’m just excited to see this event being added.

1 year ago

100 IM is hands down the most fun event to swim.

1 year ago

Ok this is amazing

1 year ago

But we can’t get 4×50 relays? Cmon

1 year ago

Yes. Good move – such a fun race that isn’t seen that often.

IU Swammer
1 year ago


1 year ago

I could see Chadwick ripping a solid 100IM

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Reply to  Thomas
1 year ago

Yeah I still remember back in his college years, he can pull off some good fly splits on relays and 100 breast times

1 year ago

Finally some good news!

Kathleen Baker’s Lats
1 year ago

Replace the current skins with 3×100 IM. Give the athletes 4 minutes in between to account for the longer race. It’s still a sprint especially because there’s different strokes involved but I think we could see a lot more strategy and tactics go into it instead of 3x50s.

Reply to  Kathleen Baker’s Lats
1 year ago

Whether they change the skins or not they shouldn’t be worth any more than a relay in total.

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