SwimSwam’s ISL Final ‘Psych Sheets’ & Team Ratings, XBox Style

Thanks to SwimSwam’s Barry Revzin for compiling the psych sheets and doing all the math for our ‘Xbox’ team ratings.

The International Swimming League final is this weekend. And to make it feel more like a traditional championship swim meet, SwimSwam has compiled season-best times from all four teams to create a meet ‘psych sheet’ of sorts.

Psych Sheets

You can see our full compiled ‘psych sheets’ for the final here.

A few notes:

  • Times included are season-bests for season 2 of the ISL only – not lifetime-bests.
  • Relay split times are included alongside an athlete’s season-best, for context. Occasionally, we’ve got an athlete with a relay split but no individual time – they’re listed at the bottom of results, even if their split suggests they’d be ranked much higher.
  • Each team has its top 3 athletes listed if three or more have swum the event this year. Teams will only be able to enter two athletes per event, but using the top three gives a good sense of when a team has a tough lineup choice to make between three highly-ranked athletes – or when a team would see a big dropoff from its #2 swimmer to its #3 option.
  • Barry has also included jackpot lines and cutoff time lines, which will show when a team could be at risk of either getting points stolen in a jackpot or taking a points penalty for missing a cutoff time.

These psych sheets don’t include the skin races, as the strokes for those races won’t be determined until we know the medley relay winners on day 1. For a more detailed analysis of the skin races in all four strokes, check out this post from earlier today.

XBox Style Team Ratings

Early in the season, Barry ran a rough approximation of Xbox Live ratings on ISL teams, aiming for an Elo-based rating system of ISL franchises.

You can see that post from last month here. Calculated after just the third of twelve ISL matches so far this year, that ratings system did put the four eventual finalist teams in the top four, and also accurately ranked the bottom two teams eliminated after the regular season.

Rank Team Rating Sigma (Confidence Rating)
Delta (Change Since Last Week)
1 ENS 2291 45 19
2 CAC 2222 45 -209
3 LON 2007 40 214
4 LAC 1855 41 -78
5 TOK 1735 40 43
6 IRO 1428 42 -2
7 TOR 1222 43 29
8 NYB 1148 43 -84
9 AQC 892 49
10 DCT 849 50

That pretty much exactly mirrors our final edition Power Rankings – which, to be fair, take a lot of Barry’s statistical analysis into account. The only difference is that the XBox ratings put the DC Trident last, while our Power Rankings had them 9th and the Aqua Centurions 10th.

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Silent Observer
2 years ago

Looking at the “psych sheet” it really highlights how much of a shame it is that Margalis had to leave before the post-season could be concluded. Would of made for some even closer, and fun, IM and 400 free races.

Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

and we don’t still know why she left

Reply to  swimfan_00
2 years ago

That’s probably because it’s none of our business.

IU Swammer
2 years ago

Looking at the jackpot lines, it looks like there will be a lot fewer jackpots in the finale than there were in regular season meets. Now that we’re almost through the season, it seems the jackpots ensured the top four teams they would make the semifinals, allowing them to experiment more with their lineups and to rest swimmers. It’s still the rich getting richer, but the final likely won’t be driven by jackpots the way the regular season meets were.

Last edited 2 years ago by IU Swammer
Reply to  IU Swammer
2 years ago

Even without the jackpots the top 4 right now would be the top 4 without jackpots. However cali wouldn’t be undefeated I think

Reply to  MX4x50relay
2 years ago

Cali have defniitely benefited the most from the jackpots and a projection of the final based on semis times without skins has Cali first but dropping to third without jackpots.

Reply to  MX4x50relay
2 years ago

Even without jackpots, Cali would still be undefeated. We’ve been following this one closely, and actually jackpots would’ve have affected the standings in any meet so far… surprisingly to us.

However, it’d be closer (they would’ve won matches 1, 8, and 10 by 38.5, 17.5, and 26 points, respectively… instead of 104, 15.5, and 63). I guess in match 8, Cali only net 4 jackpot points and London net 6 so that one actually got closer.

Overall, Cali is net +207 on jackpot, followed by Energy +165.5, LA +83, and London +58.

Reply to  IU Swammer
2 years ago

big jackpot in the 100 IM with Dressel Ciezlack, 37 pts again and zero for the other team. The first semi-final was slow, 51 high for Orsi who is not here.

2 years ago

Interested to see how this plays out. I imagine jackpots will probably be less effective i since everyone will be on a full taper. That is unless someone has a swim beyond what we expected. Skins will be extremely important. It’s also interesting how everyone team has some decent options for most skins choices so maybe we will see a team that picked the skins actually lose the skins.

Reply to  MX4x50relay
2 years ago

Like maybe if ens men pick the skins, they go with backstroke to avoid dressel and go with kolesnikov/rylov and then Murphy or carter wins it. Same if they pick breaststroke and go with lima/shymanovich and lose to peaty

Reply to  MX4x50relay
2 years ago

I’d expect Energy to pick Breaststroke for men. Shymanovich has a good shot of beating Peaty there and definitely of advancing regardless, and Cali is unlikely to score a lot. In the semifinal this past weekend, we had Peaty (35) and Prigoda (12) to Shymanovich (21) and Lima (11). But Cali isn’t going to make it to the second round, so while Energy could lose 15 to London (and they could do better than this) they’d probably gain 20 on Cali, so it seems like their best bet. Of course, Dressel might go 25.5 in the Finals because he’s Dressel so who knows.

Backstroke they might not make it past the first round, they haven’t had anybody break 23… Read more »

Reply to  Barry
2 years ago

I think free is the worst option. Dressel would score 21 point in the finale round of the free skins against anybody in this field. And he would absolutely stole some points in first two rounds. He alone could score 45-50 points for Cali. There is no chance they would go for free.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Barry
2 years ago

I think the probability of them choosing back is larger than what you expected. At least it isn’t more unlikely than fly and free.

Kolesnikov is kind of unknown. I think he didn’t swim 50 back this season except in the first match, where he was not in form at all. He improved quite a lot through the season, so maybe he has a pretty good 50 in him right now considering he’s the LCM wr holder.

And I ran a virtual match of the top 4 team with results of semi finals. The team points before skins are:
London 412
Cali 410
ENS 402
LA 321

Losing to London in skins is as bad for… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
2 years ago

Choosing back would be risky imaging only Guido dinner Murphy and Stewart going into top 4?

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

It’d be a big surprise if Kolesnikov misses top 4. He has 4 of the top 5 times in the 100 so far this season including the top 3 and is WR holder in long course 50. ENS just doesn’t put him in the 50 to save him for the medley relay which is more important.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

He also was the former WR holder in the 100 SC back too a few years ago. The kid has speed!

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