ISL Depth Charts: Toronto Titans Will Send Sprint-Heavy Squad To Naples

With only days to go until the first meet of the 2021 International Swimming League season, the Toronto Titans are the first team for which we have a confirmed list of the athletes they will send to Naples, Italy for their first 4 matches. Toronto will send the following 32 swimmers to Naples:

Women

1. Kylie Masse
2. Kayla Sanchez
3. Kelsey Wog
4. Tessa Cieplucha
5. Louise Hansson
6. Michelle Coleman
7. Lisa Bratton
8. Kasia Wasick
9. Laura Stephens
10. Summer McIntosh
11. Anika Apostalon
12. Larissa Oliveira
13. Candice Hall
14. Julia Hassler
15. Dominika Sztandera
16. Kaersten Meitz
Men
1. Yuri Kisil
2. Cole Pratt
3. Finlay Knox
4. Blake Pieroni
5. Shane Ryan
6. Anton McKee
7. Alberto Razzetti
8. Jay Lelliott
9. Luc Kroon
10. Marius Kusch
11. Grigori Pekarski
12. Brent Hayden
13. Max Litchfield
14. Fabian Schwingenschlogl
15. Lorenzo Zazzeri
16. Tobias Bjerg
As a reminder, despite the fact that Toronto will send 32 swimmers to Naples, each team is only permitted to enter 28 swimmers per meet. In their second season with the league, Toronto will be among the first teams to race in 2021 as they are scheduled to race at Match 1 along with Energy Standard, DC Trident, and Aqua Centurions.
Toronto Titans 2021 ISL Regular Season Schedule
  • Match 1: August 26 – 27 (ENS, DCT, AQC)
  • Match 5: September 9 – 10 (LAC, IRO, DCT)
  • Match 7: September 16 – 17 (CAC, IRO, NYB)
  • Match 9: September 23 – 24 (ENS, LON, DCT)

2021 DEPTH CHARTS

Our depth charts are equal parts research and prognostication. While most of our ordering is based around best times on record, we’ve also done some guesswork based on time conversions from short course yards and/or long course meters, or in cases where athletes don’t have recent results in a specific event. These depth charts are intended to show the top options for each event, even if the specific event lineup may prevent a top swimmer from entering all of the events where they rank in the top two.

Potential skin races are shown in blue, and the events with relay considerations in red.

STRENGTHS

Toronto’s strength this year will be relatively similar to what they excelled in last year. 4-time Olympic medalist, Kylie Masse is fresh off a double silver medal performance in the 100 and 200 backstroke and will give Toronto quite an edge in the stroke. Additionally, both the men’s and women’s squads have a pretty deep sprint freestyle field and will have a number of good options for the 50/100 freestyles, along with the freestyle relays. Among those set to race the sprints for Toronto are Kayla Sanchez and Kasia Wasick, Michelle Coleman, Brent Hayden, Lorenzo Zazzeri, and Blake Pieroni. Those 6 don’t represent an exhaustive list, however, as the team has more than enough swimmers to fill out their relay rosters without branching out to their non-freestyle swimmers.

Along with the backstroke and the sprints, the women’s team will also have a solid lineup for the 200 and 400 freestyles as Olympic finalist Summer McIntosh will be debuting this season. The 14-year-old distance star could be an important part of Toronto’s team as she eyes the jackpot points available in the event.

Both the men’s and women’s teams should have a decent shot at a number of skins events considering the team’s sprint depth. In particular, Kylie Masse, Blake Pieroni, Shane Ryan, Kayla Sanchez, Kasia Wasick, Marius Kusch, Anton McKee, Louise Hansson, and Michelle Coleman should give them a number of options in the 3-round event depending on what stroke is chosen for the race.

CONTINGENT STRENGTH

Both the men’s and the women’s team had a breaststroke all-star last season in Anton McKee and Kelsey Wog but considering the lack of depth in the stroke, we’re not quite sure if the stroke will be a strength or weakness and we’ve learned that it’s essential to have not 1, but 2 strong swimmers in an event to take full advantage of the scoring system.

On the men’s side, there seems to be some potential for the breaststroke group which will be led by McKee following his ISL debut for the Titans in 2020. McKee was strong in all 3 breaststrokes, picking up a series of top 3 finishes and a couple of wins during the regular season. Whether or not breaststroke becomes a strength for the team depends, however, on whether or not McKee continues his prowess into season three and if teammates Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Finlay Knox, and Tobias Bjerg can be a complementary force to McKee.

While Kelsey Wog, like McKee, was an important breaststroker for Toronto during season 2, there seems to be less depth behind her in the stroke than we see on the men’s side. One effect of a sprint-heavy women’s team is that apart from Wog, Dominika Sztandera is the only primary breaststroker, and is still a little outside of what it will take to join Wog in the top tier of the stroke. Toronto will rely on Sztandera shaving some time off her current short course PBs (29.82/1:04.01/2:24.92) or will need Candice Hall or Tessa Cieplucha to make a shift towards breast in order to take full advantage of Wog’s ability.

WEAKNESSES

One weakness for Toronto will be the women’s butterfly events. Aside from Swedish butterflier Louise Hansson, it seems like most of their entrants for the butterfly events will be primarily freestylers or IMers who will have to shift to butterfly. This situation has arisen in the absence of Rebecca Smith and Emily Overholt who were butterfly staples for the team in 2020. Among those who we can expect to see joining Hansson in the events are Kayla Sanchez, Michelle Coleman, Tessa Cieplucha, and Candice Hall.

OUTLOOK

With a year less experience than all other teams, save Tokyo, in the league, the Toronto Titans lost a few key members in Michael Chadwick, Andrii Govorov, Emily Overholt, and Jocelyn Ulyett, but have retained the majority of their aforementioned top talent. It seems like coaching decisions will play a major part in Toronto’s success as they attempt to fill out some of their thinner events.

Their sprint freestyle depth will be a big plus considering that with relays and skins in mind, teams are certainly rewarded for sprint strength. If Toronto gets into a groove wherein they use the right sprinters at the right time while also making sure to save some of their more versatile swimmers for the butterfly, breaststroke, and IM, they should have a decent shot at improving upon last year’s performance.

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CanSwim13
2 months ago

 Emily Overholt who was a sprint butterfly staple for the team in 2020″

lol..

Canuswim
Reply to  CanSwim13
2 months ago

It only says “butterfly events”, including 200 Fly which Overholt swam at ISL. Stephens 2:04 sc/2:07 lc will be a great addition in this event and likely Cieplucha again.

CanSwim13
Reply to  Canuswim
2 months ago

Before editing, it said the line I had commented above.

CanuckSwim
2 months ago

400IM is a weakness? Didn’t Litchfield and Razzetti both final at the Olympics in 400IM? lol

tea rex
2 months ago

Anton McKee going to be pulling some IM duty. One of the only swimmers I can think of who swam 500 free and the breaststroke in NCAA

Scott FTW
2 months ago

Surely max Litchfield would also be an option in the 400im (and perhaps the 200im) for Toronto considering he finished 4th(?) at the Olympics and has had ok showings for energy standard previous years.

Hswimmer
2 months ago

Ben, What????

Gh48
2 months ago

I think you confused backstroke with breaststroke for Razzetti because his weakness in IM is backstroke

HoosierSwimTaxi
2 months ago

Kayla Sanchez = 13th overall in points during ISL S1 w/Adam Peaty Lion Team. Excited to see what she brings to Toronto.

Swammer
2 months ago

I suspect we see Summer McIntosh in the 400IM and 200M fly a few times

Hswimmer
Reply to  Swammer
2 months ago

She’ll be awesome in whatever she swims

Canswimfan
Reply to  Swammer
2 months ago

I agree. This chart doesn’t capture Summer’s versatility. She will be a huge asset to the team. ISL should provide her with an opportunity to test out some of her other events again after her freestyle focus in the lead up to Tokyo.