ISL Rosters: Kayla Sanchez Out for Regular Season for Toronto Titans

The latest update to the roster of the Toronto Titans includes the team losing one of their bigger names in Canadian Kayla Sanchez for the 2020 regular season, at least, and adding British swimmer Candice Hall and Tayla Lovemore to fill out the team’s roster.

Sanchez Departure

According to Toronto Titans general manager Rob Kent, Sanchez “had to take some time off to have her shoulder all fixed up for the coming season.” Sanchez has had some lingering shoulder injuries previously, but Kent declined to elaborate on the nature or severity of the current ailment.

We have reached out to Sanchez via her coach Ben Titley at the High Performance Center – Ontario asking for more details about her shoulder.

He did, however, say that if the Titans make the finals, that Sanchez will be “100%” and “is really keen to compete.”

Swimming for Energy Standard, the league champions, last season, Sanchez was one of the breakout stars of ISL. She ranked 13th overall in the league in MVP scoring, and was the 4th-best scorer on Energy Standard.

She picked up an individual event win in the 200 free at the European Derby event in London that ended the regular season, and also had a few relay wins throughout the season.

With underrated versatility that includes success in IM, freestyle, and if needed breaststroke events, Sanchez proved to be a huge asset for Energy Standard last season. At full strength, she was the biggest piece of the Titans’ expansion roster for their first season in 2020.

The Titans had another late withdrawal due to injury, Russian National Team captain and former backstroke World Record holder, who also backed out this week due to injury. She was replaced by Jheniffer Conceicao.

Candice Hall

The Titans have in Sanchez’s stead added Candice Hall, a 23-year old who trains with Loughborough University in the UK. Hall adds some freestyle, butterfly, and IM depth to the roster.

Hall’s Best Times:

100 free 56.66 54.94
200 free 2:00.73 1:57.09
100 fly 1:01.48 1:00.90
200 fly 2:13.75 2:11.16
200 IM 2:13.77 2:10.12
400 IM 4:44.45 4:38.55

Most of Hall’s best times in short course meters would have resulted in her times being ‘stolen’ under the ISL’s new “Jackpot Scoing” scheme, though in a few events, like the 200 free, she could be clear of that threat if she’s at her best for the ISL season.

Tayla Lovemore Addition

Lovemore, a South African based at Florida State University in the US, is a 25-year old sprint butterflier and freestyler who represented her home country at the 2019 World Championships.

“My emotions for being picked up at the last minute are kind of all over the place. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking at any teams, so I’ve been focusing more on my own personal training and preparing for the Olympic Games,” Lovemore said of the late addition. “And so it was a cherry on top…I’m really happy because it give me the opportunity to race with the best of the best and train with the best of the best, and get that race mentality going again.”

“I do not plan to rest at all for any of the meets,” Lovemore said of her approach to the season. “I want to use this experience as a race-train (opportunity).

“I want to race, and I want to train, and I want to keep training, and I want to race again and I wanna see if I get better throughout the season. I want it to be hard, I want to feel like I’m tired, I want to feel like I’m sore, but I want to feel like I’m pushing myself.

“I’m feeling pretty excited, I think this is going to be a good season.”

She is also the 2019 World University Games gold medalist in the 50 fly (26.25) and 100 fly (58.74).

In spite of a breakout summer representing South Africa, Lovemore struggled in her first two meets of the 2019 ISL season racing for the New York Breakers. She bounced back in the team’s finale, the American Derby event in College Park, to place 3rd in the 100 fly in 56.93 – more than a second faster than she swam in the team’s opener in Lewisville.

Lovemore’s Best Times:

50 free 25.91 25.18
100 free 56.32 55.08
50 fly 26.25 25.54
100 fly 58.57 56.84

Lovemore has the long course credentials to be a strong contributor to the ISL if she can hit her peak form

Razzetti out, Pasynkov In

There’s one small change to the men’s roster as well.

Alberto Razzetti of Italy is out – we’ve reported on a group of Italian swimmers withdrawing from the league, mostly from the Italy-based Aqua Centurions roster. Razzetti projected as Toronto’s best IMer and perhaps 200 flyer.

He’s been replaced by Russia’s Daniil Pasynkov,  solid 200/400 IMer and 200/400 freestyler who more than makes up for Razzetti’s absence in the IMs.

Updated Roster

NAME Athlete or Staff
Men’s Team
1 Alexander Krasnykh Russia Athlete
2 Andriy Govorov Ukraine Athlete
3 Anton McKee Iceland Athlete
4 Blake Pieroni USA Athlete
5 Brent Hayden Canada Athlete
6 Cole Pratt Canada Athlete
7 Daniil Pasynkov Russia Athlete
8 Elijah Wall Canada Athlete
9 Erik Persson Sweden Athlete
10 Finlay Knox Canada Athlete
11 Jay Lelliot UK Athlete
12 Mack Darragh Canada Athlete
13 Michael Chadwick USA Athlete
14 Sergey Fesikov Russia Athlete
15 Shane Ryan Ireland Athlete
16 Yuri Kisil Canada Athlete
Women’s Team
17 Anika Apostalon Czech Rep. Athlete
18 Anya Egorova Russia Athlete
19 Candice Hall UK Athlete
20 Claire Fisch USA Athlete
21 Emily Overholt Canada Athlete
22 Jhennifer Alves Brazil Athlete
23 Jocelyn Ulyett UK Athlete
24 Julie Meynen Luxembourg Athlete
25 Kelsey Wog Canada Athlete
26 Kylie Masse Canada Athlete
27 Lisa Bratton USA Athlete
28 Louise Hansson Sweden Athlete
29 Michelle Coleman Sweden Athlete
30 Rebecca Smith Canada Athlete
31 Tayla Lovemore South Africa Athlete
32 Tessa Cieplucha Canada Athlete
33 Rob Kent Canada GM
34 Dylan Kent Canada Assistant GM
35 Mia Nonnenberg USA Team Manager
36 Byron MacDonald Canada Head Coach
37 Vlastimil Cerny Canada Assistant Coach
38 Dave Johnson Canada Home Coach
39 Tom Johnson Canada Home Coach
40 Sergey Terasov Russia Home Coach
41 Lukas Brandmeier Germany Home Coach
42 Antonio Lutula Sweden Home Coach
43 Stephanie Coughlan Canada Physiotherapist
44 Daniel Fox USA Physiotherapist

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11 months ago

I love the smiley face cap! Hope she mends 100% and quickly!

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11 months ago

Can someone tell me where I can get that cap?! I love it

11 months ago

I wonder if it’s because of the travel/covid issues not just because of the shoulder

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