Last-Minute Relay Swimmer Injury Costs Toronto Titans Valuable Team Points

2021 International Swimming League – Season 3, Match 1

  • Thursday, August 26 – Friday, August 27
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Local Time)
  • Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
  • Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
  • ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, and More
  • Teams Competing: Energy Standard, Toronto Titans, DC Trident, Aqua Centurions
  • Omega Live Results

Day 1 of the first match of the 2021 International Swimming League season ended with a surprise: an empty lane in the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay. (Men’s 4×100 medley relay results)

The Toronto Titans, who were locked in a tight battle for second place with Aqua Centurions, failed to field a team in lane 5 and were knocked back with a -8 point penalty. The four swimmers slated to make up the Toronto relay were Cole Pratt, Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Grigori Pekarski, and Brent Hayden. SwimSwam has learned that Hayden suffered a minor injury just before the start of the race, leaving head coach Byron MacDonald not enough time to replace him.

According to the ISL rules, no-shows are treated as follows:

  • If a swimmer, in any given individual event, does not appear (DNS) for a race, then the swimmer will receive 0 points at all point systems (rating, club points, MVP points, prize money points), the race winner would receive his/her points at all point systems and his/her club will receive a penalty of -4 points (minus 4).
  • If a relay team, in any given relay event, does not appear (DNS) for a race, then the team will receive 0 points at all point systems (rating for the four members, club points, MVP points for the four members, prize money points for the four members), the race winner would receive their points at all point systems and their club will receive a penalty of -8 points (minus 8).

In the case of a relay DNS, it is the team that loses club points. The winning team takes the 2 points that the DNS relay would have scored had they finished in 8th place. Thus, Energy Standard picked up an extra 2 points while Toronto was set back 8.

The individual swimmers are not penalized in either rating, MVP points, or prize money points.

Pratt swam the 200 back and 50 back, finishing 4th and 7th and finishing the day with 5 MVP points. Schwingenschlogl earned 9 MVP points with a 4th in the 200 breast and a 5th in the 50 breast. Pekarski swam only the 100 fly, finishing 7th for 2 MVP points.

The 8-point team penalty was a blow to Toronto, who otherwise would have been ahead of Aqua Centurions in the standings at the end of Day 1:

  1. Energy Standard – 262.5
  2. Aqua Centurions – 235
  3. Toronto Titans – 233
  4. DC Trident – 167.5




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1 year ago

Aqua is going to make it to the semis by pure luck this year I swear

1 year ago

Those little points make a big difference! It’ll make a tight battle…

I hope Brent is okay though, truly a class act

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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