Sarah Sjostrom Will Race the Skins For ENS: Match 7 Day 2 Entries

2020 International Swimming League – Match 7

Team Scores After Day 1


  • Iron – Lanes 1 & 2 
  • Energy Standard – Lanes 3 & 4 
  • Toronto Titans – Lanes 5 & 6 
  • DC Trident – Lanes 7 & 8 

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One key event to watch will be Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom going head-to-head with Ranomi Kromowidjojo (IRO) in the 100 free. Energy Standard is sticking with their strategy from match 6 and having Femke Heemskerk race the 200 free instead of Sjostrom. Again, Maddy Banic and Anastasiya Shkurdai will tag-team the 50 fly and give Sjostrom the entire meet to rest up for the freestyle skins race later.

Iron has dished out tough lineups for Katinka Hosszu and David Verraszto. Hosszu will race the 200fly, 100IM, and 400IM in the short time span of 2 hours. Verraszto will first race the 200 fly against Chad le Clos (ENS), and then the 400IM. Given that Max Litchfield (ENS) is sitting out on this match, Iron will have the opportunity to score more points in the 400IM than they would have with Litchfield in the race.

Another big event this morning will be the rematch between Iron’s Ida Hulkko and Benedetta Pilato (ENS) in the 100 breast. Hulkko pulled an upset on Day 1 by out touching Pilato in the 50 breast, and that may fuel Pilato to race even harder today.

For the women’s freestyle skins race, we will see another showdown between Sjostrom and Kromowidjojo, the 2nd and 3rd fastest in the event this season. The only difference in their event lineups is that Kromowidjojo will race the 50 fly as well.

One of the most anticipating lineups this morning is the men’s breaststroke skins race where the top two 50 breaststrokers in the ISL this season will battle it out. Emre Sakci (IRO) already holds the ISL record in the 50 breast, swimming his fastest time this season yesterday at 25.29. He beat Ilya Shymanovich (ENS), who is ranked 2nd in the event in this season, by .39 seconds.

However, the skins race adds a whole new component to the event: outlast. His team chose breast over freestyle even though Florent Manaudou dominated the men’s freestyle skins race for ENS in match 6. While this stroke choice makes victory less certain, it will be extremely exciting to watch.

Follow along with our live recap here as the conclusion of Match 7 unfolds.

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2 years ago

Seems ENS wants to help IRON ?

Reply to  octopus
2 years ago

I think not. Perhaps they would like to see how Shymanovich swims the skins. Breaststroke is their main opportunity against Cali in the final.
Otherwise anything is pretty good for them and Iron except backstoke.

Last edited 2 years ago by Brownish
Reply to  Brownish
2 years ago

ENS wins comfortably in either case. Now they have the power to decide who the runner up should be. It doe not make too much difference anyway, I just do not like that Skins are far overvalued 🙁

Reply to  octopus
2 years ago

Yes, they will win. I think they don’t mind who will be the 2nd, etc.
In my opinion both skins and relay. Relay could be x1,5 and skins normal points in every leg.

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Annika Johnson

Annika came into the sport competitively at age eight, following in the footsteps of her twin sister and older brother. The sibling rivalry was further fueled when all three began focusing on distance freestyle, forcing the family to buy two lap counters. Annika is a three-time Futures finalist in the 200 …

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