2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 1
- Thursday, August 26 – Friday, August 27
- 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Local Time)
- Piscina Felice Scandone, Naples, Italy
- Short Course Meters (25m – SCM) Format
- ISL Season 3 Schedules, Start Times, and More
- Teams Competing: Energy Standard, Toronto Titans, DC Trident, Aqua Centurions
- Omega Live Results
During the first match of the 2021 International Swimming League season, Siobhan Haughey downed the Asian record in the short course 50 freestyle with a 23.75. The swim is an improvement upon Japan’s Rikako Ikee and China’s Zhu Menghui‘s shared mark of 23.95 which they swam in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Haughey represents Hong Kong internationally and was is racing for Energy Standard in the league for a second straight season after debuting for DC Trident in 2019.
This swim marks a new Hong Kong record for Haughey as well, improving upon her 24.09 in November 2019. Prior to Haughey, Sze Hang Yu was the fastest woman in the history of the event, having set the national record at a 24.84 back in 2010. Haughey has now cracked that former mark a total of 8 times including her newest sub-24 time of 23.75.
All-time Women’s SCM 50 Freestyle Performances (Hong Kong)
- Siobhan Haughey – 23.75 (2021)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.09 (2019)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.43 (2020)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.49 (2020)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.57 (2020)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.58 (2020)
- Siobhan Haughey – 24.70 (2019)
- Siobhan Haughey– 24.74 (2020)
- Sze Hang Yu – 24.84 (2010)
- Stephanie Au – 24.91 (2017)
Haughey’s 23.75 makes her the 25th fastest performer in the history of the event, replacing Etienne Medeiros‘ 23.76 from the 2018 World Swimming Championships.
Haughey finished 3rd overall in the race as Energy Standard teammate Sarah Sjostrom took first in a 23.50 and Toronto Titans’ Kasia Wasick was second with a 23.62. Sjostrom and Wasick are the 2nd and 6th fastest women in the history of the event with PBs of 23.00 and 23.30, respectively.
Along with her 3rd place finish in the women’s 50 freestyle, Haughey also swam the 400 freestyle on day 1 of match 1 and hit a 4:01.50 for 13 points. While she placed 2nd to Leah Neale (4:01.29) time-wise, Haughey out-scored Neale (11 points) due to the new checkpoints scoring system that has been implemented this year. Haughey was 1st to the 100 and 3rd to the 200, compared to Neale who was 4th at both checkpoints.
Haughey also played a part in Energy Standard’s 2nd place finish to the Aqua Centurions in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay for Energy Standard with a 51.79 opening leg. That trailed her own Asian record of 50.94 from 2020 by just under a second. Haughey now holds the short course Asian record in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles with the 200 sitting at a 1:51.11 from 2020.
At the Tokyo 2020 Games, Haughey took silver in both the 100 and 200 freestyles, both in Asian record time. In the former, she was a 52.27 to Emma McKeon‘s 51.96 and in the latter, she posted a 1:53.92 to Ariarne Titmus‘ 1:53.50.