Update: the account came back online on Wednesday.
The official Instagram account of the International Swimming League, @iswimleague, has been deleted. The account had about 175,000 followers at the time of its disappearance.
A league source told SwimSwam that they suspect a “hack” of the account, but didn’t elaborate on exactly what they meant by that.
The league’s secondary account, @iswimleague_news, which at present has more than 27,000 followers, is still active, though that account hasn’t posted in two weeks, since the conclusion of Match #6.
While the ISL has created a format and atmosphere for swim meets that have been generally well-received as an improvement on existing presentations, the disappearance of their Instagram account is the latest blow to the league’s challenges with publicizing their efforts. News posted on the league website has been sporadic this season, and several meets have changed start times or airing locations without announcement, leaving fans struggling to follow the season.
Wednesday and Thursday of this week will see the ISL declare the last two teams for the Playoff round. Iron, Tokyo Frog Kings, DC Trident, and New York Breakers will participate in a “Play-In” match, with the top two advancing to the next round of competition, which will be held in November in the Netherlands.