2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 8
- Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19
- 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Local Time)
- Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, & More
- Teams Competing: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Tokyo Frog Kings
- Omega Live Results
- Match 8 Preview
- Day 1 Live Recap
Belarusian Ilya Shymanovich and Austrian Christopher Rothbauer reset their respective National Records in the men’s 200 breaststroke during Match 8 of the International Swimming League’s (ISL’s) third season, finishing first and third in the event, respectively.
Shymanovich, representing Energy Standard, edged in front of LA Current’s Rothbauer on the second 50 and pulled away on the third, ultimately holding off Tokyo’s Daiya Seto for the victory in a time of 2:02.10.
That time lowers Shyamnovich’s previous Belarusian Record of 2:02.77, set at the Belarus Open Championships in December 2020, and marks his first win in the event this season.
This is only Shyamnovich’s second match of the season, having missed Match 1. In Match 3 he was the runner-up to Iron’s Erik Persson in a time of 2:04.78.
|Shymanovich, Old Record||Shyamnovich, New Record|
|31.69 (59.05)||31.33 (59.47)|
|32.07 (1:31.12)||31.39 (1:30.86)|
|31.65 (2:02.77)||31.24 (2:02.10)|
Seto ended up charging home to take second in 2:02.83, while Rothbauer touched third in 2:04.34, smashing his previous Austrian Record of 2:05.31 set at the 2019 European SC Championships.
Earlier this season Rothbauer had produced clockings of 2:05.54, 2:05.78 and 2:06.47 for the LA Current. He had been 2:05-something a total of five times before finally cracking the barrier on Saturday.
|Rothbauer Old Record||Rothbauer, New Record|
|31.85 (1:00.44)||31.56 (59.67)|
|31.93 (1:32.37)||31.98 (1:31.65)|
|32.94 (2:05.31)||32.69 (2:04.34)|
The 23-year-old Austrian Olympian employed the same strategy as he did in December 2019, going out hard and holding on for dear life. His improved front-end speed was the key difference-maker in resetting the record.