ISL Season Opener: Rooney, Ferreira Provide 1-2 Punch On LA Current Relays

2020 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE: MATCH 1

The opening day of the International Swimming League’s 2020 season got underway Friday in Budapest, with several standout swims popping up across the board.

Among those were relay splits, where we saw some blistering legs and got an added glimpse into what kind of form the athletes are on (especially with 3/4 stroke 100s taking place on Day 2).

Below, check out the splits from each of the four relays, along with a bit of analysis.

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay

Lead-offs

Swimmer Split
Siobhan Haughey (ENS) 51.59
Kasia Wasick (NYB) 52.12
Abbey Weitzeil (LAC) 52.33
Daria Ustinova (NYB) 52.96
Erika Brown (CAC) 53.02
Aly Tetzloff (LAC) 53.24
Lia Neal (CAC) 55.03
Tamara van Vliet (ENS) 55.26

Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Sarah Sjostrom (ENS) 51.41
Olivia Smoliga (CAC) 51.48
Béryl Gastaldello (LAC) 51.54
Andi Murez (LAC) 52.01
Allison Schmitt (CAC) 52.06
Anastasia Gorbenko (LAC) 52.18
Natalie Hinds (CAC) 52.22
Abbie Wood (NYB) 52.38
Pernille Blume (ENS) 52.59
Maddie Banic (ENS) 52.92
Kelsi Dahlia (CAC) 53.15
Alyssa Marsh (LAC) 53.39
Arina Surkova (NYB) 53.48
Veronica Burchill (CAC) 53.69
Emily Seebohm (ENS) 53.76
Katie McLaughlin (LAC) 53.78
Signe Bro (NYB) 53.85
Kendyl Stewart (LAC) 53.92
Sherridon Dressel (CAC) 54.13
Georgia Davies (ENS) 54.23
Svetlana Chimrova (NYB) 54.59
Zsuzsanna Jakabos (ENS) 54.61
Ajna Kesely (NYB) 55.18
Tevyn Waddell (NYB) 55.29

On the lead-off leg, Siobhan Haughey proved she’s on top form by setting a new Asian Record, similar to what we saw her throughout last season when she was with the DC Trident. Kasia Wasick was also impressive, while Lia Neal was further off the pace then we might have expected.

Three monsters last year – Sarah SjostromOlivia Smoliga and Béryl Gastaldello – all delivered with 51-mid flying legs, while Andi MurezAllison Schmitt and Anastasia Gorbenko all hit 52-lows under the radar, which will prove valuable for their clubs as the season rolls on.

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay

Lead-offs

Swimmer Split
Marco Ferreira (LAC) 46.72
Caeleb Dressel (CAC) 46.80
Evgeny Rylov (ENS) 47.14
Sergey Shvetsov (ENS) 47.44
Damian Wierling (NYB) 47.52
Matthew Richards (NYB) 47.54
Tate Jackson (CAC) 47.61
Apostolos Christou (LAC) 47.69

Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Kristian Gkolomeev (LAC) 46.26
Florent Manaudou (ENS) 46.29
Maxime Rooney (LAC) 46.37
Chad Le Clos (ENS) 46.59
Townley Haas (CAC) 46.60
Pieter Timmers (NYB) 46.65
Tom Shields (LAC) 46.83
Kacper Majchrzak (CAC) 46.90
Simonas Bilis (ENS) 47.04
Matt Grevers (ENS) 47.31
Kliment Kolesnikov (ENS) 47.37
Radoslaw Kawecki (CAC) 47.44
Eddie Wang (CAC) 47.66
Khader Baqlah (CAC) 47.93
Jan Switkowski (NYB) 47.95
Bowe Becker (CAC) 48.03
Adam Telegdy (NYB) 48.12
Felix Auboeck (NYB) 48.18
Joe Litchfield (NYB) 48.29
Michal Poprawa (NYB) 48.32
Andrew Seliskar (LAC) 48.41
Fernando Scheffer (LAC) 48.84
Ben Proud (ENS) 48.93
Tomoe Hvas (LAC) 49.41

For the men, no one could have predicted that Brazilian Marco Ferreira would out-race Caeleb Dressel, but he did, leading the LA Current to victory after opening in 46.72. He’ll be a huge asset for them, while Dressel will be just fine, though it doesn’t appear he’ll be near his best early on. Everyone leading off was relatively strong, with all swimmers under 47.7.

In a great battle at the front of the race, seven men churned out 46-second legs out of the top-three teams, with Pieter Timmers also doing so for the New York Breakers. While Maxime Rooney was a clear standout today, especially later in the medley relay, Kristian GkolomeevFlorent Manaudou, Chad Le Clos and Townley Haas were also clutch.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Backstroke

Swimmer Split
Olivia Smoliga (CAC) 55.62
Beata Nelson (CAC) 56.51
Emily Seebohm (ENS) 56.77
Georgia Davies (ENS) 57.50
Ali Deloof (LAC) 58.26
Beryl Gastaldello (LAC) 58.42
Tevyn Waddell (NYB) 58.93
Chloe Golding (NYB) 1:00.16

Breaststroke

Swimmer Split
Molly Hannis (CAC) 1:03.90
Lilly King (CAC) 1:04.07
Anastasia Gorbenko (LAC) 1:04.90
Julia Sebastian (LAC) 1:05.10
Breeja Larson (ENS) 1:05.29
Emily Escobedo (NYB) 1:05.67
Sarah Vasey (NYB) 1:05.70
Imogen Clark (ENS) 1:05.97

Butterfly

Swimmer Split
Anastasiya Shkurdai (ENS) 55.34
Kelsi Dahlia (CAC) 55.97
Maddie Banic (ENS) 56.24
Svetlana Chimrova (NYB) 56.47
Arina Surkova (NYB) 56.90
Kendyl Stewart (LAC) 57.51
Katie McLaughlin (LAC) 58.53
Sherridon Dressel (CAC) 58.70

Freestyle

Swimmer Split
Sarah Sjostrom (ENS) 51.41
Andi Murez (LAC) 51.92
Kasia Wasick (NYB) 52.25
Erika Brown (CAC) 52.26
Natalie Hinds (CAC) 52.54
Abbey Weitzeil (LAC) 52.60
Pernille Blume (ENS) 52.89
Jeanette Ottesen (NYB) 53.20

In the women’s medley, Smoliga remained on fire, while Beata Nelson and Emily Seebohm also had strong backstroke legs. Molly Hannis out-split Lilly King on breast, and Anastasiya Shkurdai showed she’ll be a force to be reckoned with as she threw down a monstrous 55.34 fly leg for Energy Standard. Sjostrom, Murez and Wasick followed up their free relay performances with more fast swims.

With a 1:04.9 breast leg and a 52-low free split, Gorbenko was undoubtedly one of the day’s biggest surprises.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Backstroke

Swimmer Split
Ryan Murphy (LAC) 49.96
Coleman Stewart (CAC) 50.50
Evgeny Rylov (ENS) 51.01
Matt Grevers (ENS) 51.09
Radoslaw Kawecki (CAC) 51.12
Apostolos Christou (LAC) 51.46
Michael Andrew (NYB) 52.52
Joe Litchfield (NYB) 53.29

Breaststroke

Swimmer Split
Ilya Shymanovich (ENS) 56.06
Marco Koch (NYB) 56.96
Felipe Lima (ENS) 57.01
Felipe Silva (LAC) 57.11
Will Licon (LAC) 58.40
James Wilby (NYB) 58.78
Kevin Cordes (CAC) 59.00
Marcin Cieslak (CAC) 59.24

Butterfly

Swimmer Split
Tom Shields (LAC) 49.05
Chad Le Clos (ENS) 49.37
Caeleb Dressel (CAC) 49.49
Andrew Seliskar (LAC) 50.96
Justin Ress (CAC) 51.12
Michal Poprawa (NYB) 51.37
Kregor Zirk (ENS) 51.78
Jan Switkowski (NYB) 52.56

Freestyle

Swimmer Split
Maxime Rooney (LAC) 45.86
Marco Ferreira (LAC) 46.60
Simons Bilis (ENS) 46.89
Pieter Timmers (NYB) 47.04
Sergey Shevtsov (ENS) 47.10
Kacper Majchrzak (CAC) 47.14
Tate Jackson (CAC) 47.23
Matthew Richards (NYB) 47.50

The story of the men’s medley was Rooney, who ran down Simonas Bilis to win the event for the LA Current. Rooney was the only swimmer with a sub-46 split on the day in 45.86, while Ferreira’ 46.60 leg gave the Current the fastest two anchors in the field. Tom Shields was on fire on butterfly, out-splitting Le Clos and Dressel in 49.05, while Ryan Murphy and Ilya Shymanovich were fastest on back and breast to no one’s surprise.

Notably, Coleman Stewart was 50.50 on backstroke, and Marco Koch joined Shymanovich in the 56s on breast.

On the other end, the Condors failed to have either breaststroker crack 59, and the Breakers had no sub-52 backstrokers.

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LAC fan?
6 days ago

Rooney starting off His pro career with a Bang!

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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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