ISL Playoffs – Match 3: Scrappy Centurions In The Battle For Second With Titans

2021 ISL Playoff Match 3

  • Thursday, November 18th – Friday, November 19th
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm local time; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  • Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
  • ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
  • Results
  • Teams Competing: Energy Standard, Toronto Titans, Aqua Centurions, DC Trident

After finishing a distant fourth in their opening playoff match last weekend, the Aqua Centurions responded with a big showing on Day 1 of the third postseason match in Eindhoven on Thursday, entering Day 2 trailing the Toronto Titans by just 10 points for second place behind Energy Standard.

The Centurions, who trailed Toronto by 93.5 points at this point in Match 2, had some critcial performances from key swimmers despite the absence of one of their top point-getters in male sprinter Szebasztian Szabo.

The club had a big win from Matteo Rivolta early in the men’s 100 fly, breaking the Italian Record in the process, and then continued to battle over the middle portion of the day, but came out of the women’s 200 IM trailing Toronto by 32 points.

What followed was a massive three-event swing, as Nicolo Martinenghi and Fabio Scozzoli combined for 18 points in the men’s 50 breast (1-3), Arianna Castiglioni and Martina Carraro scored 19 points in the women’s 50 breast (1-2), and then the Centurion men touched first in the 400 free relay for a massive 38-point jackpot.

Despite the ‘B’ team getting disqualified and forgoing four points, the club came out of those three events up by 26 on Toronto—a 58-point swing in their favor.

The Titans had a strong finish to the match, while Aqua came back to go 2-4 in the men’s medley relay and exit the day with 212 points—73.5 more than a week ago.

DAY 1 NOTES

  • Energy Standard’s Chad Le Clos remains out with a knee injury, but hinted on the broadcast that he could be back next week.
  • Sarah Sjostrom set a new ISL Record en route to winning the women’s 50 freestyle, clocking 23.08 to erase the record of 23.17 she set back in Match 3. Sjostrom leads the MVP standings through Day 1 with 44.0 points, having also placed second in the women’s 100 fly and contributed a pair of 51-point freestyle relay legs on Energy Standard’s 400 free and medley relays.

TEAM STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY 1

  1. Energy Standard, 284.0
  2. Toronto Titans, 222.0
  3. Aqua Centurions, 212.0
  4. DC Trident

MVP STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY 1

  1. Sarah Sjostrom (ENS), 44.0
  2. Siobhan Haughey (ENS), 31.5
  3. Kylie Masse (TOR), 29.0
  4. Evgeny Rylov (ENS) / Louise Hansson (TOR), 24.5

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Jamesabc
6 months ago

This is a strange match. Some very fast times with records being broken, but some very slow times. I think if Roar were in this match they would be winning with their times from last weekend, even though they had a bunch of misfires last weekend.

The final might just end up being decided by which team can get their swimmers to consistently swim to their potential because there seem to be so many misfires for almost every team.

Scotty P
6 months ago

Nicolo’s got some guns on him.

Gheko
6 months ago

If AQC had used the B anchor on the men’s medley relay they would have won!

Troyy
6 months ago

What were the skins picks?

Canuswim
Reply to  Troyy
6 months ago

Both free.

Troyy
Reply to  Canuswim
6 months ago

Who eliminated what?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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