ISL 2020: Romanchuk Won 800 Free Test Race With 3 Jackpots

2020 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE

The International Swimming League tried out an experimental 800 free on the day of its season finale, with points awarded at checkpoints along the way.

The original plans called for the swim to be awarded points almost like the three-round skin races, with swimmers earning points for their position at the 100-meter, 400-meter, and 800-meter marks.

Mykhailo Romanchuk had won the event in 7:25.73, which would also set a new European record if ratified. It was a nailbiter, with Henrik Christiansen going 7:25.78 for second and also going under the old European record of 7:29.17 held by Yannick Agnel from 2012.

Felix Auboeck tried an alternate strategy to take advantage of the format – he went out fast and led to both the 100-meter and 400-meter checkpoints. Though he fell to third in 7:31.89, he came within two points of outscoring Romanchuk.

Zane Grothe was fourth in 7:36.68, but also followed Auboeck’s method, sitting second at the 100-mark and coming within two points of Christiansen’s total.

Full results

Experimental Scoring Format

Points given to the top five at the 100-meter mark, and again at the 400-meter mark:

  • 1st  – 9
  • 2nd – 7
  • 3rd – 5
  • 4th – 3
  • 5th – 1

Points given to the fop seven at the finish (with only seven swimmers competing):

  • 1st – 9
  • 2nd – 7
  • 3rd – 6
  • 4th – 5
  • 5th – 4
  • 6th – 3
  • 7th – 2

Jackpots at each checkpoint:

  • 100m: 2 seconds
  • 400m: 9 seconds
  • 800m: 15 seconds

The cutoff time – swimmers lose points if they finish slower than this time:

  • Cutoff time: 7:56.00

Here’s the big twist: if a swimmer gets jackpotted for the whole 800, they lose any points they earned at the first two checkpoints. Those points are then re-distributed to the leader at that checkpoint like a jackpot would be.

Here’s how the scoring broke down for this test race:

100m Checkpoint

  1. Auboeck – 53.14 – 9 points
  2. Grothe – 53.52 – 7 points
  3. Christiansen – 54.26 – 5 points
  4. Romanchuk – 54.34 – 3 points
  5. Aubrey – 54.94 – 1 point
  6. Hendrickx – 55.75 – 0 points
  7. Kalmar – 56.78 – 0 points

400m Checkpoint

  1. Auboeck – 3:42.42 – 9 points
  2. Romanchuk – 3:43.08 – 7 points
  3. Christiansen – 3:43.65 – 5 points
  4. Grothe – 3:45.88 – 3 points
  5. Aubrey – 3:48.37 – 1 point
  6. Hendrickx – 3:50.96 – 0 points
  7. Kalmar – 3:54.86 – 0 points

Full 800m

  1. Romanchuk – 7:25.73 – 18 points (including 9 jackpot points)
  2. Christiansen – 7:25.78 – 7 points
  3. Auboeck – 7:31.89 – 6 points
  4. Grothe – 7:36.68 – 5 points
  5. Hendrickx – 7:43.81 – 0 points (jackpotted)
  6. Aubrey – 7:49.34 – 0 points (jackpotted)
  7. Kalmar – 7:51.36 – 0 points (jackpotted)

Because Aubrey was jackpotted at the finish, his two points from the earlier checkpoints are redistributed to Auboeck, the leader at those checkpoints. That ultimately leaves us with the scoring chart below, with jackpot-aided or -reduced scores noted with an asterisk:

Total 100m 400m 800m
Romanchuk 28 3 7 18*
Christiansen 17 5 5 7
Auboeck 26 10* 10* 6
Grothe 15 7 3 5
Hendrickx 0 0 0 0*
Aubrey 0 0* 0* 0*
Kalmar 0 0 0 0*

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Khachaturian
1 month ago

7:25 is only 2 seconds away from the oldest world record in the books, they should really swim this event more!

Dan
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

Top 2 were about 3.5 seconds under the European record held by Angel.
Grothe was not to far of the American Record (for being an 800m Free race), a little over 2 seconds.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dan
N P
1 month ago

Is it still unknown if these swims are official? Because if they are Romanchuk and Christiansen become #2 and #3 all-time and shatter Agnel’s European record of 7:29. (Christiansen was actually already #3 all-time, but he drops more than 3.5 seconds.)

Last edited 1 month ago by N P
N P
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Also Zane a little less than 3 seconds from Chad La Tourette’s American record of 7:33.

Barry
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Isn’t it Michael McBroom’s (7:33.99)?

N P
Reply to  Barry
1 month ago

Oh shoot, maybe you’re right. Chad has the fastest time (7:33.96), but it’s from 2009………

Troyy
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Someone has updated the list of European records on Wikipedia already.

Admin
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

We’ve asked LEN if they have a sense about whether they’d ratify the record.

PhillyMark
1 month ago

if you take the sum of distance per stroke and avg underwater butterfly kicks per length and then divide by reaction time off the blocks….multiply this answer by the gravitational constant and it makes up for the extra point Romanchuk got.

Rafael
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 month ago

You Forgot the Planck Constant..

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