le Clos Heading to Vegas: “I’ve always traditionally swam better in big crowds”


  • Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Centre – London, England
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
  • Start Lists
  • Day 1 Complete Results (with Corrected MVP Standings)
  • Day 2 Complete Results

Reported by Spencer Penland.


  1. Chad le Clos, ENS – 49.34
  2. Matteo Rivolta, AQC – 50.24
  3. Vini Lanza, LON – 50.59
  4. Szebasztian Szabo, IRO – 50.77
  5. James Guy, LON – 51.18
  6. Philip Heintz, AQC – 51.26
  7. Kregor Zirk, ENS – 51.61
  8. Adam Telegdy, IRO – 52.17

Chad le Clos picked up Energy Standard’s first event win of the day, blowing away the field to touch in 49.34.

While female counterpart Sjostrom did not win one of her signature events, Energy’s le Clos crushed the event with the lone sub-50 swim. However, it is vital to note that teammate Zirk finished in 7th, therefore, only 11 points were scored. For the Roar, Guy and Lanza were able to get 10 points, not letting Energy scale up too much on them. Once again for the Aqua Centurions, Rivolta’s runner-up finish (7 pts) and Heintz’s 3-point snag was able to out-score Iron by 5 points.

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10 months ago

What are the odds that we’ll see Dressel tapered in Vegas?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ZanBai
10 months ago

I think he and Troy know from last year that he can do an SCM Worlds-style Taper (mid-December last year) and still have his peak, full-on taper for OTs and Tokyo. Basically something around SEC champs level rest but shaved. Would expect the same from Chalmers, Flo, Chad and his other competitors.

10 months ago

Is there a reason why he wears his goggles like that?

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Lpman
10 months ago

It’s his branding, making him different from other swimmers. Good for him! We always complain that unlike other athletes, swimmers dont attract commercial attention, we want professional swimmers to be commercially attractive, right?

Reply to  Lpman
10 months ago

better peripheral vision

Woke Stasi
10 months ago

MANY THANKS to the whole SWIM-SWAM crew for their delightful reporting over the past year. You guys/gals really bring the sport alive. Thanks also to the various commenters — especially the very candid ones. I always enjoy your snark!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Woke Stasi
10 months ago

Don’t go all soft on us now.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago


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