2019 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE: GROUP B, MATCH 1
- Saturday, October 19th – Sunday, October 20th
- 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Central Time
- The LISD Westside Aquatic Center – Lewisville, TX
- Short Course Meters (SCM)
- Group B: Iron, LA Current, London Roar, New York Breakers
- Live Stream, Event Schedule, and Viewer’s Guide
- U.S. Live Stream (ESPN3)
- Day 2 Start Lists
- Day One Complete Results
Reported by Anne Lepesant/Jared Anderson.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE SKINS
ROUND 1 – QUARTERFINAL
- Cate Campbell (LON) – 23.83
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo (IRO) – 23.85
- Emma McKeon (LON) – 24.01
- Margo Geer (LAC) – 24.22
- Beryl Gastaldello (LAC) – 24.23
- Pernille Blume (NYB) – 24.28
- Kim Busch (IRO) – 24.54
- Catie DeLoof (NYB) – 24.60
The Roar got two women into the final, as the McKeon for Bronte Campbell swap paid dividends. Cate Campbell just out touched Ranomi Kromowidjojo for the top spot, 23.83 to 23.84. McKeon qualified 3rd in 24.01, while Margo Geer make it in by 0.01s over teammate Beryl Gastaldello, 24.22 to 24.23.
London getting two swimmers into the next round is key. LA missed the cut with Gastaldello, though the top three were pretty far ahead. This will be an intriguing case study into exactly how much endurance matters – McKeon is much more of a 200 swimmer than anyone else left – but how much that will help is still somewhat unknown. LA probably needs Geer into the final to have a chance at winning the meet.
ROUND 2 – SEMIFINAL
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo (IRO) – 24.09
- Emma McKeon (LON) – 24.25
- Cate Campbell (LON) – 24.31
- Margo Geer (LAC) – 25.08
Kromowidjojo helped out the LA Current big-time, preventing a London 1-2. But McKeon’s endurance really held up – she was better than Cate Campbell in round 2, which is very surprising. Kromowidjojo’s 24.0 was excellent – only a tenth behind Sjostrom’s round 2 swim in Naples.
ROUND 3 – FINAL
Kromowidjojo’s start probably made the difference here, as she shot out to the lead immediately, and held off McKeon down the final stretch.
With a 33-14 split over LA, London has probably iced this meet, even without a win from McKeon. Kromowidjojo really proved herself a massive sprint factor here, winning a brutal three-round showdown with no ‘easy’ rounds compared to the field. Iron could win both skins races – they scored 29 here compared to 33 for London and only 14 for LA.