Sarah Sjostrom Wraps Up Finals, Season MVP Double to Finish ISL 2021 Season

For the 2nd time in 3 ISL seasons, Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom is the International Swimming League season MVP.

The Swede won $120,000 in MVP prize money on the final day of competition in Eindhoven on Sunday: $100,000 for season MVP, and $20,000 for Finals MVP.

This marks the 2nd-straight season where the Finals MVP and season MVP were the same swimmer: last year, Cali’s Caeleb Dressel pulled the double. In season 1, Dressel was Finals MVP, and Sjostrom was season MVP.

Season MVP

Not much changed dramatically in the season-long MVP top 10 at the end of the road. In fact, the top 7 from the MVP standings coming into the meet were the same as the top 7 coming out of the meet.

There was some movement at the bottom of the money: Ranomi Kromowidjojo, whose Iron team didn’t advance to the final, fell out of the top 10. She did race in the “Death Match” at the end of the regular season, so ultimately got the same number of matches as the rest of the swimmers in the top 18, though weaker relays still hurts athletes on weaker teams.

Defending league MVP Caeleb Dressel, who missed several matches this season, climbed into the top 8. Coleman Stewart stayed at #9.

Tom Shields hung on to the 10th spot – his empty lane in the final match in the 200 fly doesn’t actually count against him, he just gets 0 points, otherwise his teammate Wilm would have beaten him by three-quarters of a point.

Wilm finishing 11th in MVP scoring is easily the biggest surprise of the ISL season. Wilm was virtually-unknown internationally before the ISL season, but starting with an early Canadian Record, she turned into one of the true stars, surprise or not, of the 2021 season.

Final top 20 season MVP Standings

Full season-long MVP rankings here

Rank Name Points Team Money
1 Sarah Sjostrom 511.5 Energy Standard $100,000
2 Siobhan Haughey 468 Energy Standard $80,000
3 Ilya Shymanovich 403.5 Energy Standard $60,000
4 Beata Nelson 396 Cali Condors $50,000
5 Duncan Scott 390 London Roar $40,000
6 Lilly King 356 Cali Condors $30,000
7 Kelsi Dahlia 329.5 Cali Condors $25,000
8 Caeleb Dressel 307.5 Cali Condors $20,000
9 Coleman Stewart 298.75 Cali Condors $15,000
10 Tom Shields 290.25 LA Current $10,000
11 Ingrid Wilm 287 LA Current
12 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 285 Iron
13 Evgeny Rylov 271.5
Energy Standard
14 Emma McKeon 265.5 London Roar
15 Alia Atkinson 260 London Roar
16 Louise Hansson 258.25 Toronto Titans
17 Nic Fink 257 Cali Condors
18 Kyle Masse 255 Toronto Titans
19 Daiya Seto 253.5
Tokyo Frog Kings
20 Justin Ress 252 Cali Condors

Finals MVP

Only one award is given for finals MVP, and that too went to Sarah Sjostrom.

Nic Fink, after another 19-point Jackpot performance in the 100 breaststroke on Sautrday, looked in position to win the $20,000 prize for Finals MVP. Energy Standard loaded Sarah Sjostrom up with four races on the final day, though, and grabbed wins in the 100 IM and 400 medley relay, and 2nd-place finishes in the 50 fly and 100 free.

And so it was her quantity, swimming 8 races, over Fink’s quality, swimming 5 races but getting more Jackpots, that made the difference.

Of note, Fink would have won MVP if the infamous Cali Condors women’s medley relay hadn’t been disqualified. That DQ moved Sjostrom’s Energy Standard relay into first place and earned her 4 more points. The gap between the two was only 1.5 points.

Top 11 Finishers in ISL Match MVP

Full ranking

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Energy Standard – 61.0
  2. Nic Fink, Cali Condors – 59.5
  3. Hali Flickinger, Cali Condors – 51.0
  4. Siobhan Haughey, Energy Standard – 50.5
  5. Caeleb Dressel, Cali Condors – 48.5
  6. Duncan Scott, London Roar – 43.5
  7. Anastasiya Shkurdai, Energy Standard – 43.0
  8. Evgeny Rylov, Energy Standard – 41.0
  9. Mary0Sophie Harvey, Energy Standard – 34.5
  10. (TIE) Minna Atherton, London Roar/Ingrid Wilm, LA CUrrent – 34.0

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1 year ago

ISL should question contracts to swimmers who sign and don’t appear

Reply to  KatyJ
1 year ago

Maybe they do not appear because they have not been paid?

1 year ago

I think Dressels points we’re added incorrectly for the 2 days! Unless I am missing how it’s done, with 34 skin points, he should be over 60 points!??

1 year ago

This DQ will be the talking point no matter what….It affected soo much things in the end it is crazy!!!…..Fink really swam out of his mind in this Final…..

Would have been great to see him win Match MVP but congrats to Sjostrom

Stained money
Reply to  Uncle_Reco
1 year ago

Sarah s do the right thing
maybe you dont give the money to fink
but you know if no Bogus DQ ,,,you dont win the 20k
donate to charity or swim foundation

Reply to  Uncle_Reco
1 year ago

I would suggest she’s been doing it for years and not questioned!

1 year ago

Big fan of hers, not her fault, but Hard to see Fink not get it directly due to a false dq

Reply to  SwamFly
1 year ago

Not her fault!
Swimmers are taught not to do this. Her face suggested she was caught this time!
She’s an Olympic swimmer she should know

1 year ago

Well done Sarah! Always a pleasure to watch her swim

1 year ago

Well deserved victory for Sjostrom. What a joy to see her swimming.

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