The International Swimming League is set up around sprinting. The league’s management has not been shy about the fact that they believe that the sprints appeal most to a mainstream-sports television audience, and the league has been established in such a way to reflect that belief. That includes the high-points ‘skins’ races, the absence of any races over 400 meters, the cutaways during the broadcasts of the 400 IM, and the choice of relays.
It’s not a coincidence that sprinters dominate the ranks of the ISL’s season MVP standings.
But what teams have also found in recruiting is that globally, depth in many of these 200m+ events is lacking as well. Several teams reported to SwimSwam trouble filling slots in their lineups in events like the 200 fly and 400 IM.
We thought it was worth honoring those “Iron” swimmers who did the less glamorous dirty work of the ISL, racing in the 200 meter + events. Below is a list of the top 20 points scorers in ISL 2020 in races 200 meters or longer.
Notably absent from this list: the dominant Lilly King, who finished 2nd in the league this season in MVP scoring. It seems like, if 200 breast specialist Marco Koch is on the list, and Ryan Murphy, who swam only 1 200m+ event, the 200 back, are on this list, she should be too.
While she did win the 200 breaststroke in 5 of the 6 meets she swam it in, she didn’t have the same huge jackpots that we saw from Koch and Murphy. She would check in just behind the listed swimmers with 73 points in the 200 breaststroke this season.
The Tokyo Frog Kings have a lot of entries on this list, in spite of not making the final, which highlights that they were very good in the longer races, but that their undoing was in the sprints, especially on the women’s side.
2020 ISL Season Highest Scorers in Races 200m or Longer
Thanks to Barry Revzin for Compiling this Data:
|Hali Flickinger||Cali Condors||218|
|Siobhan Haughey||Energy Standard||141|
|Sydney Pickrem||London Roar||131|
|Yui Ohashi*||Tokyo Frog Kings||116|
|Danas Rapsys||Energy Standard||114|
|Duncan Scott||London Roar||99|
|Beata Nelson||Cali Condors||98|
|Tessa Cieplucha*||Toronto Titans||94|
|Sakiko Shimizu*||Tokyo Frog Kings||93|
|Kosuke Hagino*||Tokyo Frog Kings||93|
|Marco Koch*||New York Breakers||90|
|Kelsey Wog*||Toronto Titans||88|
|Ryan Murphy||LA Current||88|
|Abbie Wood*||New York Breakers||84|
|Helena Gasson||LA Current||82|
|Andreas Vazaios||London Roar||80|
|Tom Shields||LA Current||80|
|Zsu Jakabos||Energy Standard||77|
Asterisks represent swimmers whose teams did not qualify for the semifinals, so they had one less meet than the other swimmers on the list.