SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the best first-round rookie draft pick in the ISL’s Draft:
Question: Who was the best first-round pick in the ISL Draft?
- Ryan Hoffer to DCT – 50.5%
- Paige Madden to TOK – 23.2%
- Arno Kamminga to AQC – 21.1%
- Matthew Temple to NYB – 5.2%
The Aqua Centurions shocked fans by selecting Kamminga #1 overall last week – not because Kamminga wasn’t the best swimmer on the board (he arguably was), but because they were already stacked in the breaststrokes after using 4 of their first 5 retained swimmer spots on breaststrokers.
Kamminga is an elite-level breaststroker across the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter events. He’s also a proven commodity in short course meters, the format of the ISL’s professional swimming league. Kamminga’s mix of speed and endurance should make him valuable in the multi-round skins race, which features three rounds of 50s, with the lowest finishers knocked out and the finalists garnering a massive points boost for their team.
On the other hand, Aqua already retained young up-and-comer Nicolo Martinenghi and veteran Fabio Scozzoli, two of the best breaststrokers in the league last year.
DC appeared thrilled to add Hoffer, the versatile superstar of the NCAA format who just wrapped up his senior season with the California Golden Bears. Hoffer can be a top-notch sprinter in free, fly, and back, though he’s much more accomplished in short course yards than in the short course meters format.
Our poll does show some level of skewing towards American swimmers, though. Voters even picked Paige Madden (to Tokyo at #5 overall) above Kamminga. Madden might get a bit of a scoring boost with new checkpoint rules in the 400 free, but it’s hard to argue that she’ll have more value than Kamminga without any major opportunities in the huge-scoring skins races.
Just 5.2% of voters picked Australian Matthew Temple, who went to the New York Breakers at #3 overall.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters how many world records will fall at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021. Our poll is asking how many total world record swims there will be – so a world record in semis, then re-broken in finals would count as two world record swims. For reference, here are the numbers of world record swims (far right column) and events with a world record swim (middle column) at the past five Olympic Games:
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The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner