2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 5
- Thursday, September 9 – Friday, September 10
- 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Local Time)
- Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
- Teams Competing: LA Current, Iron, Toronto Titans, DC Trident
- Omega Live Results
- Match 5 Preview
- Day 1 Recap
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
- Toronto Titans, 536.0
- LA Current, 452.5
- DC Trident, 416.5
- Iron, 374.0
The Toronto Titans held off the hungry LA Current and DC Trident on day two of match five to nab their first-ever ISL match victory. While LA and DC entered day two with a 1.5-point gap, it was the Current who secured second place while the Trident picked up a third-place finish. Iron took a valiant fourth place following a series of event wins.
The Toronto women were the heavy scorers of this match, picking up 282.5 points to the Toronto men’s 235.5 points. Contrastingly, the LA Current women only out-scored the men by 3.5 points. At the same time, both DC men and Iron men out-scored their female counter-parts.
Toronto’s big point pick-up came from yesterday’s relays, where they earned 40 more points than any other team. In the skins, Toronto had picked up 66 points to Iron’s last-minute surge of 77 points. In fact, Iron scored more points from the skins events (77) than all five relays combined (68).
Match Five Points
Iron put up a good fight on day two by picking up 6 event wins. Alys Thomas kicked things off with a strong win in the 200 fly. Two events later, Robert Glinta held off Toronto’s Shane Ryan for the win in the 100 back. Shortly after LA’s Anastasiya Gorbenko and Beryl Gastaldello finished 1-2 in the women’s 100 IM, Marco Orsi stormed home to take a 12-point win in the men’s 100 IM.
Another two events after that, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Emilie Beckmann finished 1-2 in the women’s 50 fly, combining for a total of 19 points. Nicholas Santos kept the momentum going with a 0.04s victory over Toronto’s Marius Kusch in the men’s 50 fly. In the women’s 200 free, Barbora Seemanova and Veronika Andrusenko finished 2-3 behind LA’s Madi Wilson, an 11-point pick-up.
Into the skins events, all four Iron swimmers advanced from the quarter-finals. In the women’s 50 fly skins, Kromowidjojo and Beckmann placed 2-3 in the quarter-finals, worth 11 points. In the semi-finals, the duo repeated their 2-3 finish, 11 points again. Despite placing second in the final to Toronto’s Louise Hansson, Kromowidjojo was able to keep her 7 points. In the men’s 50 free skins, Orsi and Thom de Boer went for the 1-2 finish in the quarter-final, worth 16 points. In the latter rounds, de Boer was able to stay on top, picking up 23 points.
However, what did hurt Iron regardless of their last-minute points surge were mid-match point losses from either time penalty or stolen jackpot points. While jackpot points came to Toronto’s advantage, as they stole 22 extra points, Iron lost 28 points. The DC Trident had only lost 4 points from jackpot, seven times less than Iron’s jackpot losses.
Essentially, Iron’s 28 stolen jackpot points, on top of five penalty points, cancelled out their 11 checkpoint points, giving them a 22-point deficit from these mid-meet points. The DC Trident dodged penalty points and were able to secure 10 points. Meanwhile, both Toronto (44) and LA (23) received double-digit bonus points from jackpot and distance checkpoint points.
More Day Two Notes:
- Four national records fell on day two, including two from Canada. Kasia Wasick of Toronto equaled her 100 free Polish national record of 51.81. Then, LA’s Ingrid Wilm re-broke her own 100 back Canadian national record at 55.68. Finlay Knox then broke his own 100 IM Canadian national record at 51.82. Alberto Razzetti of the Toronto Titans broke the oldest Italian national record in the 400 IM at 4:01.57.
- In case you missed it, the men’s 50 free skins had three swimmers in the final. During the semi-final, Shane Ryan and Yuri Kisil of Toronto tied for second at 22.72, both advancing to the final. There, Ryan placed second over Kisil, still picking up 7 points for Toronto.
- DC’s third-place 416.5-point total marks the first time the team has broken 400 points. Their previous high was in match four, where they earned 359 points. That’s a 57.5-point improvement.