Relay Analysis: Weitzeil, Anderson Throw Down 51.0 Free Splits On Day 1


The opening day of the International Swimming League’s fifth match elicited some incredibly fast relay splits across the board. This included a pair of 51.0 female 100 free legs from Abbey Weitzeil and Freya Anderson, and two sub-46 male legs from Duncan Scott and Maxime Rooney.

Below, we’ll take a deep dive into all of the relay splits from the first session.

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay


Swimmer Split
Anna Hopkin (LON) 52.08
Anastasia Gorbenko (LAC) 52.59
Rio Shirai (TOK) 53.26
Tomomi Aoki (TOK) 53.49
Kendyl Stewart (LAC) 53.83
Rosalia Nasretdinova (DCT) 53.86
Bailey Andison (DCT) 54.92
Holly Hibbott (LON) 55.71

Anna Hopkin really set the tone for the London Roar on the lead-off leg of the women’s 400 free relay, narrowly missing her personal best time (51.90) in 52.08 to give the club a lead it would never relinquish. Anastasia Gorbenko also had a strong swim for the Current, who were close behind the whole way, also coming close to her best time of 52.36 in 52.59.

Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Abbey Weitzeil (LAC) 51.03
Freya Anderson (LON) 51.52
Andi Murez (LAC) 51.69
Marie Wattel (LON) 51.77
Catie Deloof (TOK) 52.02
Maria Kameneva (LON) 52.11
Linnea Mack (DCT) 52.34
Aly Tetzloff (LAC) 52.46
Natsumi Sakai (TOK) 52.60
Alyssa Marsh (LAC) 52.70
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (LON) 52.97
Ali Deloof (LAC) 53.29
Ting Wen Quah (DCT) 53.32
Aya Sato (TOK) 53.36
Amy Bilquist (DCT) 53.55
Remedy Rule (DCT) 53.63
Katie McLaughlin (LAC) 53.70
Chihiro Igarashi (TOK) 53.77
Leah Smith (TOK) 54.13
Simona Kubova (TOK) 54.32
Miranda Tucker (DCT) 54.69
Aimee Willmott (LON) 54.92
Kathleen Dawson (LON) 55.37
Kathrin Demler (DCT) 55.81

Four 51-second flying splits really standouts from this race, as we’ve seen other matches where this relay had zero. Weitzeil, fresh off an American Record in the 50 free last weekend, had a sensational split in 51.03, doing everything she could for LA to run down the Roar.

Ultimately, Marie Wattel was able to hold her off with a scintillating 51.77 of her own, while Anderson (51.52) and Andi Murez (51.69) had a similar dual swimming the second leg.

All four of the 51-second splitters produced their fastest-ever swims during the session, and three of them did so in this race. Wattel had been 51.78, Weitzeil had been 51.57 (in 2014, and was 51.66 last match), and Murez had previously gone 51.92. Anderson was just off her best of 51.35, but would go on to eclipsing it in the medley relay.

Catie Deloof helped give Tokyo a clear third place with a 52.02 swimming second, and Linnea Mack‘s 52.34 helped get DC past LA’s ‘B’ squad.

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay

Lead-off Legs

Swimmer Split
Zach Apple (DCT) 46.22
Maxime Rooney (LAC) 46.70
Marco Ferreira (LAC) 46.87
Mikhail Vekovishchev (LON) 47.36
Shinri Shioura (TOK) 47.46
Naoki Mizunuma (TOK) 48.16
Meiron Cheruti (DCT) 48.18
Scott McLay (LON) 48.66

Zach Apple was on form once again in giving the DC Trident the early lead in 46.22, while Maxime Rooney and Marco Ferreira were also just off what they had done in previous matches to put both LA Current teams in good position off the hop.

Flying Splits

Swimmer Split
Tom Shields (LAC) 46.44
Dylan Carter (LAC) 46.51
Marius Kusch (LON) 46.54
Kristian Gkolomeev (LAC) 46.59
Duncan Scott (LON) 46.68
Vini Lanza (LON) 46.71
Markus Thormeyer (TOK) 46.73
Jacob Pebley (DCT) 46.74
Apostolos Christou (LAC) 46.90
Ian Finnerty (DCT) 47.02
Fernando Scheffer (LAC) 47.19
Tom Dean (LON) 47.31
Bruno Fratus (TOK) 47.43
Santiago Grassi (LAC) 47.50
Andreas Vazaios (LON) 47.58
Kosuke Matsui (TOK) 47.61
Katsuhiro Matsumoto (TOK) 47.82
Robert Howard (DCT) 47.86
Matheus Santana (DCT) 47.94
Andrew Loy (DCT) 48.18
Tomoru Honda (TOK) 48.27
Zach Harting (DCT) 48.37
Kosuke Hagino (TOK) 48.73
Amaury Leveaux (LON) 48.74

Three of the four top splits with a takeover led LA to the victory by over a second in the end, with Tom Shields leading the pack in 46.44. The Current still sat second to DC after that swim, but Kristian Gkolomeev (46.59) put them out in front and then Dylan Carter (46.51) finished things off.

The London Roar had three splits in the 46.5-46.7 range to put them a comfortable second, and Apostolos Christou (46.90) helped get LA’s ‘B’ squad ahead of DC.

The Trident ‘A’ team had a strong second split from Jacob Pebley (46.74), but could’ve used Ian Finnerty (47.02 on the ‘B’ relay) in the place of either Matheus Santana or Robert Howard.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Backstroke Lead-off

Swimmer Split
Kira Toussaint (LON) 56.65
Amy Bilquist (DCT) 56.85
Rio Shirai (TOK) 57.04
Ali Deloof (LAC) 57.36
Simona Kubova (TOK) 57.45
Linnea Mack (DCT) 57.91
Maria Kameneva (LON) 58.39
Helena Gasson (LAC) 58.59

Breaststroke Splits

Swimmer Split
Alia Atkinson (LON) 1:04.42
Annie Lazor (LON) 1:04.76
Bethany Galat (DCT) 1:04.82
Lindsey Kozelsky (DCT) 1:04.90
Miho Teramura (TOK) 1:05.09
Reona Aoki (TOK) 1:05.76
Julia Sebastian (LAC) 1:05.85

Butterfly Splits

Swimmer Split
Marie Wattel (LON) 55.74
Suzuka Hasegawa (TOK) 56.00
Harriet West (LON) 56.86
Kendyl Stewart (LAC) 57.48
Rosalia Nasretdinova (DCT) 58.05
Runa Imai (TOK) 58.23
Remedy Rule (DCT) 58.3

Freestyle Splits

Swimmer Split
Freya Anderson (LON) 51.04
Anna Hopkin (LON) 51.71
Catie Deloof (TOK) 51.87
Margo Geer (DCT) 52.21
Ting Wen Quah (DCT) 52.59
Aly Tetzloff (LAC) 53.07
Aya Sato (TOK) 53.25

Looking at the relay as a whole, the London Roar were dominant as they had the fastest split on all four strokes (after LA was disqualified), not to mention they had the top-two legs for both breast and free.

Anderson put an exclamation mark on the victory with a blazing 51.04 anchor leg — just .01 off of what Weitzeil did earlier in the free relay. (Tomorrow’s 100 free should be exciting).

According to USA Swimming’s database, 51.03 ties Weitzeil for the 15th fastest split ever (and sixth-fastest performer), while Anderson’s 51.04 is tied for 17th (and tied for seventh-fastest performer).

Weitzeil was in the race, but her Current ‘A’ squad got DQed for an early takeoff from Gorbenko on breaststroke, so we don’t know what her split was.

Suzuka Hasegawa (56.00) and Catie Deloof (51.87) gave Tokyo a strong back half to claim second, while Anna Hopkin joined the sub-52 party by anchoring London’s ‘B’ team in 51.71 for third.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Backstroke Lead-offs

Swimmer Split
Guilherme Guido (LON) 49.50
Ryosuke Irie (TOK) 50.03
Ryan Murphy (LAC) 50.21
Christian Diener (LON) 50.86
Jacob Pebley (DCT) 51.14
Markus Thormeyer (TOK) 51.19
Apostolos Christou (LAC) 51.37
Mark Nikolaev (DCT) 51.53

Breaststroke Splits

Swimmer Split
Yasuhiro Koseki (TOK) 56.36
Adam Peaty (LON) 56.38
Felipe Silva Franca (LAC) 56.59
Kirill Prigoda (LON) 57.30
Ian Finnerty (DCT) 57.50
Will Licon (LAC) 57.83
Thomas Cope (DCT) 57.85
Shoma Sato (TOK) 58.54

Butterfly Splits

Swimmer Split
Tom Shields (LAC) 48.30
Takeshi Kawamoto (TOK) 49.76
Marius Kusch (LON) 49.97
Mikhail Vekovishchev (LON) 50.04
Noaki Mizunuma (TOK) 51.05
Santiago Grassi (LAC) 51.27
Zach Harting (DCT) 51.39
Andrew Loy (DCT) 52.10

Freestyle Splits

Swimmer Split
Duncan Scott (LON) 45.74
Maxime Rooney (LAC) 45.85
Zach Apple (DCT) 46.04
Vladimir Morozov (TOK) 46.47
Marco Ferreira (LAC) 46.70
Vini Lanza (LON) 47.45
Shinri Shioura (TOK) 47.54
Matheus Santana (DCT) 48.17

There were standout splits on all four strokes in the men’s medley.

From the winning team, Tom Shields proved once again just how valuable he is in this format, as he annihilated all of the butterflyers with a 48.30 split to take LA from trailing by almost a second to winning by .75. Maxime Rooney produced his second sub-46 split of the campaign on the anchor in 45.85 to hold off the London Roar’s Duncan Scott and give the Current the win.

Scott had the top anchor in the field in 45.74, his first time sub-46 of the ISL season (he’s been as fast as 45.39, done in last season’s finale).

Another top swim from the relay came from London’s Guilherme Guido, who missed his own South American and Brazilian Record in the men’s 100 back by just .05 leading off in 49.50.

Yasuhiro Koseki had the fastest breast split for Tokyo in 56.36, followed closely by London’s Adam Peaty (56.38) and LA’s Felipe Silva (56.59). The Frog Kings were in the race the whole way, but Vladimir Morozov (46.47) was out-matched by Scott on freestyle.

The fly split from Shields is what truly broke things open for LA.

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3 years ago

Why isnt there an up to date standings of the teams on the ISL website?? First thing you see on any league website….

3 years ago

For perspective, even though it was done from a flying start, a 48.30 would have won the 100 fly in the SCY dual meet between UT/TAMU, counting exhibitions (3rd without exhibitions.)

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Finnerty with the 47-57 combo. Nice.

3 years ago

48.3 flying split by shields what a joke…

3 years ago

Anderson went 51.35 in the mixed relay at the London ISL meet last year.

3 years ago

Incredible races and fast times all around – so much fun to watch!

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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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