2020 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – MATCH 10
- Monday, November 9: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM CET (10 AM-12 noon U.S. Eastern, 12 AM-2 AM J+1 Japan)
- Tuesday, November 10: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM CET (10 AM-12 noon U.S. Eastern, 12 AM-2 AM J+1 Japan)
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- Short Course Meters (SCM) Format
- 2020 ISL Scoring Format
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- How To Watch
- Teams: Cali Condors/London Roar/LA Current/Aqua Centurions
The end of last week featured a marquee matchup in the 2020 ISL season, as the only two undefeated clubs remaining — the Cali Condors and London Roar — battled head-to-head. The match lived up to the hype, as the Condors eked out a close 15.5-point victory to move to 3-0.
The Condors lead the league with 12 points, while London is tied for second, LA is tied for fourth, and the Centurions are back in last place.
LEAGUE STANDINGS AFTER MATCH 8
1. King vs Atkinson Round 2
Atkinson, who competed for Iron last season and never ended up raced King, finally shared the pool with the American Olympic gold medalist last match, finishing just .14 seconds back in the women’s 100 breast.
King also had a close call in the 50, where teammate Molly Hannis was .05 behind her, and in the women’s medley relay, King and the Condors edged out Atkinson and the Roar by .12. Cali chose breaststroke for the women’s skins, where King once again had to fend off Atkinson, topping her by .28, .23 and .58 in rounds one through three, respectively.
The three will go at it once again in Match 10, with London’s Annie Lazor also in the mix. Will King remain unbeaten? It wouldn’t be smart to bet against her, but you can be sure Atkinson, Hannis and London’s medley relay team will give her all she can handle.
2. Shields, Dressel & Szabo Showdown / Murphy & Guido Meet Again
Some of the fastest swimmers this season in the men’s 100 fly and 100 back will meet in Match 10, with some intriguing skins possibilities at play.
In-state rivals Cali and LA haven’t raced since the season opener, where Tom Shields defeated Caeleb Dressel by four one-hundredths in the 100 fly. Shields has only gotten faster, becoming the only man to break 49 this season in Match 5 (48.94), while Dressel had his best performance of the season in Match 8 (49.33).
Dressel did get the victory over Shields in the 50 fly in Match 1, but the LA Current member has been nine one-hundredths better for the season as a whole (22.32).
And then there’s Szebasztian Szabo of the Aqua Centurions, who is yet to lose the 50 fly this season and is the only man under 22 seconds. It will also be the first time he and Dressel race head-to-head in the ISL. How fun would a butterfly skins race be?
Based on flat start times, Szabo is a few ticks off of being competitive with Shields and Dressel in the 100 fly (49.75), but in reality, he’s split 48.9 on the medley relay so he can’t be counted out.
In the 100 back, last season we saw Guilherme Guido and Ryan Murphy constantly jockeying for position as the league’s top backstroker. That’s essentially the case again this year, though Energy Standard’s Kliment Kolesnikov recently took over the top time in the 100 back in 49.16.
Prior to that, Guido was the fastest in 49.50, while Murphy’s best stands at 49.62 from the opening match. In their lone head-to-head matchup of the season, Guido (49.57) got the better of Murphy (49.76) in Match 5, and also did so in the 50 back.
The Current raced in three of the league’s first five matches this season, and now having had over a week off, we could see Murphy come back with a big showing here against Guido.
3. Can Centurion Men Continue Relay Dominance?
It hasn’t been a great season for the Aqua Centurions, with a relatively weak women’s squad putting them at the bottom of the standings, but there have been a few bright spots, particularly in their men’s freestyle relay.
The club has yet to lose the men’s 4×100 free, and will put that streak on the line against three very competent teams.
The Centurions are the only club to dip under the 3:05-barrier so far, while the Condors are coming off a Match 8 win in 3:06.07. Dressel is their ace in the hole, but Justin Ress has also come on in recent matches and will be valuable as well.
LA is the #2 club this year at 3:05.67, done head-to-head with the Centurions in Match 3. They have Maxime Rooney and Kristian Gkolomeev capable of splitting in the 45s, along with Marco Ferreira who can lead off in 46-mid.