ISL Checkpoint: Top Times & Swimmers Heading Into Derby Meets

This coming weekend, November 16-17, the ISL series will rev up once again with the US derbies in College Park. Across the 4 meets we have seen thus far, each of the 8 teams have had 2 opportunities to duke out their best efforts.

From here, we compiled the top three times in each non-skins event as well as showcased the top 10 overall FINA performances and top scoring swimmers by team and group (US/Euro).

Below are the top 3 performances in each non-skins event, 30 individual events and 5 relays.

Top 3 Performances By Event

Data Collection Courtesy of Barry Revzin

  • For the sake of the upcoming US derby, each time from a US-based team will be in bold.
  • *relay lead-offs not included

W 50 Freestyle
1. 23.29   – KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi (IRO) (Budapest)
2. 23.33   – CAMPBELL Cate (LON) (Dallas)
3. 23.35   – CAMPBELL Cate (LON) (Budapest)

M 50 Freestyle
1. 20.64   – DRESSEL Caeleb (CAC) (Naples)
2. 20.68   – MOROZOV Vlad (IRO) (Budapest)
3. 20.72   – MANAUDOU Florent (ENS) (Naples)

W 100 Freestyle
*1. 51.02   – CAMPBELL Cate (LON) (Budapest)
*1. 51.02   – McKEON Emma (LON) (Budapest)
3. 51.37   – CAMPBELL Cate (LON) (Dallas)

M 100 Freestyle
*1. 45.77   – CHALMERS Kyle (LON) (Budapest)
*1. 45.77   – DRESSEL Caeleb (CAC) (Naples)
3. 46.22   – CHALMERS Kyle (LON) (Dallas)

W 200 Freestyle
1. 1:52.01 – HAUGHEY Siobhan (DCT) (Naples)
2. 1:52.88 – HAUGHEY Siobhan (DCT) (Indy)
3. 1:52.90 – TITMUS Ariarne (CAC) (Naples)

M 200 Freestyle
1. 1:41.58 – GRAHAM Alexander (LON) (Dallas)
2. 1:42.37 – GRAHAM Alexander (LON) (Budapest)
3. 1:42.50 – LEWIS Clyde (NYB) (Budapest)

W 400 Freestyle
1. 3:54.06 – LEDECKY Katie (DCT) (Indy)
2. 3:57.61 – TITMUS Ariarne (CAC) (Indy)
3. 3:58.34 – TITMUS Ariarne (CAC) (Naples)

M 400 Freestyle
1. 3:38.30 – WINNINGTON Elijah (LON) (Budapest)
2. 3:38.84 – WINNINGTON Elijah (LON) (Dallas)
3. 3:39.37 – MILAK Kristof (IRO) (Budapest)

W 50 Backstroke
1. 25.81   – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Budapest)
2. 25.99   – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Dallas)
3. 25.99   – BARRATT Holly (LON) (Budapest)

M 50 Backstroke
1. 22.55   – GUIDO Guilherme (LON) (Budapest)
2. 23.06   – GUIDO Guilherme (LON) (Dallas)
3. 23.13   – STRAVIUS Jeremy (DCT) (Naples)

W 100 Backstroke
1. 54.89   – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Budapest)
2. 55.43   – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Dallas)
3. 56.24   – SMOLIGA Olivia (CAC) (Naples)

M 100 Backstroke
1. 49.61   – GUIDO Guilherme (LON) (Budapest)
2. 49.78   – MURPHY Ryan (LAC) (Budapest)
3. 50.10   – GLINTA Robert (IRO) (Budapest)

W 200 Backstroke
1. 1:59.48 – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Budapest)
2. 2:00.58 – ATHERTON Minna (LON) (Dallas)
3. 2:01.89 – MASSE Kylie (CAC) (Indy)

M 200 Backstroke
1. 1:49.24 – RYLOV Evgeny (ENS) (Naples)
2. 1:49.40 – MURPHY Ryan (LAC) (Budapest)
3. 1:49.68 – RYLOV Evgeny (ENS) (Indy)

W 50 Breaststroke
1. 29.12   – KING Lilly (CAC) (Naples)
2. 29.23   – KING Lilly (CAC) (Indy)
3. 29.27   – ATKINSON Alia (IRO) (Budapest)

M 50 Breaststroke
1. 25.85   – PEATY Adam (LON) (Budapest)
2. 25.98   – MARTINENGHI Nicolo (AQC) (Naples)
3. 26.03   – MARTINENGHI Nicolo (AQC) (Indy)

W 100 Breaststroke
1. 1:03.80 – LARSON Breeja (NYB) (Dallas)
2. 1:03.84 – ATKINSON Alia (IRO) (Budapest)
3. 1:04.21 – KING Lilly (CAC) (Naples)

M 100 Breaststroke
1. 56.19   – PEATY Adam (LON) (Budapest)
2. 56.35   – SHYMANOVICH Ilya (ENS) (Naples)
3. 56.71   – SHYMANOVICH Ilya (ENS) (Indy)

W 200 Breaststroke
1. 2:18.25 – KING Lilly (CAC) (Indy)
2. 2:18.68 – WOG Kelsey (CAC) (Indy)
3. 2:18.73 – ESCOBEDO Emily (NYB) (Budapest)

M 200 Breaststroke
1. 2:03.93 – WILSON Matthew (LON) (Dallas)
2. 2:04.03 – CHUPKOV Anton (ENS) (Indy)
3. 2:04.27 – KOCH Marco (NYB) (Budapest)

W 50 Butterfly
*1. 24.92   – BARRATT Holly (LON) (Budapest)
*1. 24.92   – GASTALDELLO Beryl (LAC) (Budapest)
3. 24.98   – SJOSTROM Sarah (ENS) (Naples)

M 50 Butterfly
1. 22.20   – SZABO Szebasztian (IRO) (Budapest)
2. 22.34   – DRESSEL Caeleb (CAC) (Naples)
3. 22.47   – SZABO Szebasztian (IRO) (Dallas)

W 100 Butterfly
1. 55.39   – McKEON Emma (LON) (Budapest)
2. 55.65   – SJOSTROM Sarah (ENS) (Indy)
3. 55.88   – DAHLIA Kelsi (CAC) (Indy)

M 100 Butterfly
1. 49.35   – le CLOS Chad (ENS) (Naples)
2. 49.36   – DRESSEL Caeleb (CAC) (Naples)
3. 49.39   – SHIELDS Tom (LAC) (Budapest)

W 200 Butterfly
1. 2:05.37 – HOSSZU Katinka (IRO) (Budapest)
2. 2:05.41 – McLAUGHLIN Katie (LAC) (Budapest)
3. 2:05.42 – FLICKINGER Hali (CAC) (Indy)

M 200 Butterfly
1. 1:49.98 – MILAK Kristof (IRO) (Budapest)
2. 1:50.25 – SHIELDS Tom (LAC) (Budapest)
3. 1:50.60 – le CLOS Chad (ENS) (Naples)

W 200 Medley
1. 2:04.18 – MARGALIS Melanie (CAC) (Indy)
2. 2:05.11 – HOSSZU Katinka (IRO) (Budapest)
3. 2:05.17 – MARGALIS Melanie (CAC) (Naples)

M 200 Medley
1. 1:52.93 – LARKIN Mitch (CAC) (Indy)
2. 1:53.05 – VAZAIOS Andreas (DCT) (Indy)
3. 1:53.11 – SELISKAR Andrew (LAC) (Budapest)

W 400 Medley
1. 4:24.95 – MARGALIS Melanie (CAC) (Naples)
2. 4:25.77 – MARGALIS Melanie (CAC) (Indy)
3. 4:26.32 – HOSSZU Katinka (IRO) (Dallas)

M 400 Medley
1. 4:03.28 – SELISKAR Andrew (LAC) (Budapest)
2. 4:04.02 – VERRASZTO David (IRO) (Budapest)
3. 4:06.23 – BENTZ Gunnar (IRO) (Budapest)

W 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
1. 3:27.90 – LONDON Roar (Dallas)
2. 3:28.11 – LONDON Roar (Budapest)
3. 3:28.39 – LONDON Roar (Budapest)

M 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
1. 3:06.50 – IRON(Budapest)
2. 3:07.35 – LA Current (Budapest)
3. 3:07.58 – ENERGY Standard (Naples)

W 4 x 100 Medley Relay
1. 3:47.39 – LONDON Roar (Budapest)
2. 3:47.46 – CALI Condors (Naples)
3. 3:47.91 – LONDON Roar (Dallas)

M 4 x 100 Medley Relay
1. 3:21.64 – LONDON Roar (Budapest)
2. 3:22.46 – LA Current (Budapest)
3. 3:23.11 – ENERGY Standard (Indy)

Mixed 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
1. 3:17.05 – LONDON Roar (Budapest)
2. 3:17.09 – ENERGY Standard (Naples)
3. 3:17.54 – LONDON Roar (Dallas)

Team Top Times
Total Top-3 Times
London Roar 18 34
Cali Condors 6 22
Iron 5 15
Energy Standard 2 13
DC Trident 2 5
LA Current 1 10
NY Breakers 1 4
Aqua Centurions 0 2

Peering into the team representation in the top 3, the London Roar dominates with snagging 18 of the 35 possible top times. The Cali Condors are the next team, with 6 top times. It is important to note that Group B (London Roar, Iron, NY Breakers, LA Current) had a slight advantage as they watched the first 4 teams compete and see the in-season times produces.

While Energy Standard dominated both of their ISL meets, they were easily overwhelmed by London Roar’s times shortly after them.

Surprising with a comeback phase after their 2012 Olympic successes are Iron’s Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Breaker Breeja Larson. Kromowidjojo, 2-time Olympic champion, currently leads the 50 free over powerhouses Cate Campbell of the Roar and Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard.

For Larson, a London finalist in the event, her 100 breast time of 1:03.80 leads over SCM world record-holder Alia Atkinson (Iron) and LCM world-record holder Lilly King (Cali Condors).

In both the men’s and women’s 50 fly races, favorites Caeleb Dressel (Cali Condors) and Sjostrom got knocked out of the top spot after Group B’s turn in the pool. Leading the men’s sprint fly is Iron’s Szebesztian Szabo, who finished in 5th place to Dressel at the 2019 World final.

On the women’s side, Roar’s Holly Barratt and LA Current’s Beryl Gastaldello tie for the top spot in the sprint fly just 0.06s over Sjostrom. Internationally, Barratt was the 2018 SC World runner-up while Gastaldello only made it to semifinals at the 2017 World Championships.

To no surprise, Dressel leads both the men’s 50 and 100 free and Minna Atherton is the top swimmer in all three women’s backstroke events. With the surprise of Larson topping the women’s 100 breast, Cali Condor King only holds the top times in the 50 and 200 breast. London Roar’s Guilherme Guido is the top swimmer in the men’s 50 and 100 back, outshining Olympic champion Ryan Murphy (LA Current).

More swimmers with more than one top time thus far are Cali Condor Melanie Margalis (200/400 IM), London Roar’s Adam Peaty (50/100 breast) and Emma McKeon (100 fly/free).

Top Overall FINA Performances

Looking into the top overall performance, we had to tap into the FINA points system to get a look. As you may have guessed, Minna Atherton‘s 100 back world record is the top overall performance the ISL has seen with 1,007 FINA points.

To no surprise, the 19-year-old Aussie Roar member holds 6 of the top 8 overall performances from the first 4 ISL meets. The lone two non-Atherton times are DC Trident’s Katie Ledecky‘s 400 free American record from Indianapolis and London Roar’s Adam Peaty‘s 100 breast from Budapest.

Rank Points Event Time Name Team
1 1007 100 Back 54.89 Minna Atherton London Roar
2 998 400 Free 3:54.06 Katie Ledecky DC Trident
3 993 200 Back 1:59.48 Minna Atherton London Roar
4 983 50 Back 25.81 Minna Atherton London Roar
5 978 100 Back 55.43 Minna Atherton London Roar
6 969 100 Breast 56.19 Adam Peaty London Roar
7 966 200 Back 2:00.58 Minna Atherton London Roar
8 963 50 Back 25.99 Minna Atherton London Roar

Below are the top 20 scoring swimmers within each derby group, US- and European-based teams. Each swimmer’s point totals between their two meets were average. For those swimmers who swam only one meet thus far (ex: Dressel), we simply used their initial point totals.

Top 20 Scoring Swimmers- US Teams

Rank Swimmer Team Average Scored Points
1 Caeleb Dressel Cali Condors 57.5
2 Olivia Smoliga Cali Condors 41.75
3 Tom Shields LA Current 34
4 Michael Andrew NY Breakers 31.25
5 Lilly King Cali Condors 29.25
6 Siobhan Haughey (HKG) DC Trident 29.25
7 Mitch Larkin (AUS) Cali Condors 27.75
8 Kelsi Dahlia Cali Condors 27.25
9 Andrew Seliskar LA Current 27
10 Bethany Galat DC Trident 26.75
11 Ryan Murphy LA Current 26.75
12 Melanie Margalis Cali Condors 25.75
13 Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) LA Current 25.75
14 Katie Ledecky DC Trident 25
15 Nathan Adrian LA Current 24.25
16 Hali Flickinger Cali Condors 24
17 Andreas Vazaios (GRE) DC Trident 23.5
18 Kylie Masse (CAN) Cali Condors 23.25
19 Breeja Larson NY Breakers 23
20 Madi Wilson (AUS) NY Breakers 20.75

With the US derby in College Park, MD just 2 days away, we have access to the roster line-ups. Below is a quick list of roster changes that can ultimately affect points, including those swimmers making their ISL debuts.

The Cali Condors look strong as they have 4 of the top 10 scoring swimmers headed to the US derby (#1 Dressel, #2 Olivia Smoliga, #5 King, #8 Kelsi Dahlia), even despite losing Larkin. Staying strong for the Condor women as well are IMer #12 Melanie Margalis, flyer #16 Hali Flickinger, and backstroker #18 Kylie Masse.

For the LA Current, however, they will only return three top-20 swimmers. For the men, #3 Tom Shields and #9 Andrew Seliskar, who have dominated the men’s fly and IM events respectively. They will also have French star #13 Gastaldello, who impressed at ISL Budapest and became another team asset after winning the women’s 50 fly.

The darkhorse of the meet are the DC Trident, as they feature lethal point contributors like #6 Siobhan Haughey, #10 Bethany Galat, and #17 Andreas Vazaios. For the Breakers, #4 Michael Andrew should represent well now that him and the rest of the team have a solid feel for ISL meets. Joining Andrew in the US top 20 are #19 Larson and #20 Madi Wilson, giving some hope for the New York team.

Top 20 Scoring Swimmers- European Teams

Rank Swimmer Country Team Average Scored Points
1 Sarah Sjostrom Sweden Energy Standard 53
2 Chad le Clos South Africa Energy Standard 43.75
3 Katinka Hosszu Hungary Iron 43
4 Emma McKeon Australia London Roar 40.75
5 Vlad Morozov Russia Iron 40.75
6 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands Iron 38.25
7 Florent Manaudou France Energy Standard 36
8 Cate Campbell Australia London Roar 36
9 Kyle Chalmers Australia London Roar 36
10 Minna Atherton Australia London Roar 35
11 Kristof Milak Hungary Iron 31.75
12 Adam Peaty Great Britain London Roar 28.5
13 Ilya Shymanovich Belarus Energy Standard 26.5
14 Femke Heemskerk Netherlands Energy Standard 26.5
15 Szebasztian Szabo Hungary Iron 26
16 Kayla Sanchez Canada Energy Standard 24
17 Sydney Pickrem Canada London Roar 24
18 Matthew Wilson Australia London Roar 24
19 Anton Chupkov Russia Energy Standard 23.5
20 Breno Correia Brazil Aqua Centurions 23.5

Starting with the Aqua Centurions, only #20 Breno Correia makes it into the European top 20 with his back-to-back 200 free wins against Group A. However, teammate Nicolo Martinenghi averaged 23.25 points for his efforts in the 50/100 breast and 4×100 medley relay. Despite missing the top 4 in the skins at Naples, Santo Condorelli still averaged 22.50 points, being the next highest-point contributor.

Looking at the rest of the teams, Iron picked up 5 top scorers while Energy Standard and London Roar have 7 swimmers each in the top 20. Leading the Iron, of course, is #3 Katinka Hosszu, who leads the women’s events with her massive IM/BK/FL versatility. Also strong for the Iron are sprinters #5 Vlad Morozov and #6 Kromowidjojo as well as flyers #11 Kristof Milak and #15 Szabo.

While the London Roar hold just about half of the top times across all 35 events, Energy Standard has #1 Sjostrom and #2 Chad le Clos on top of the European top 20. Olympic sprint champion #7 Florent Manaudou, breastsroker #13 Ilya Shymanovich, and sprinter #14 Femke Heemskerk also lead the Energy’s top scorers.

For the London Roar, Aussie #4 McKeon leads the team thanks to her fly/free sprint capabilities. Followed by McKeon are fellow Aussie sprinters #8 Cate Campbell, #9 Kyle Chalmers, #10 Atherton, and #12 Peaty.

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Troyy

I think Sjostrom is gonna find the competition in the Euro derby much stiffer than in the previous 2 meets.

BairnOwl

Oh, absolutely. She doesn’t have the top time (yet) in any of her events. Meanwhile, I think Dressel is going to dominate the American derby due to weaker competition.

Nate

Even though the Trident are losing Ledecky it looks like they’re losing the least points. Weird

Samuel Huntington

Well all the other teams are losing more swimmers and Ledecky isn’t super valuable in this format.

BairnOwl

Yeah, I think people just get caught up in the star power of swimmers who are individual medal-winners on the World/Olympic-level, but ISL is a different game. For example, Throssell doesn’t even get a mention in this article but losing her is probably almost as bad as losing Ledecky for DC Trident in this format.

Troyy

Star power is extremely important for the league especially while it’s starting out.

BairnOwl

Yes, but my impression was that we were talking about points so this is an unrelated consideration.

Captain Obvious

Awesome analysis, Nick!

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