The SwimSwam Breakdown: ISL Draft Fumble, Big 12, Gary Taylor in C-Ville

This week on the SwimSwam Breakdown, we discuss the effectiveness of the ISL draft so far in the season, the Big 12 adding 4 teams as soon as this week, and Gary Taylor landing in Charlottesville. See our full list of topics below:

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Ghost
1 month ago

Most correct statement of the podcast was by Braden “all coaches should start their coaching careers as club coaches”. That is where one learns the basics. I have said that before Braden was born!

Steve Nolan
1 month ago

V much agree w/ Braden that watching ISL is a chore. Even scrolling the results, I don’t recognize most of the names and am then mad that their nationality is not listed, only their ISL team. (I sorta like building a map in my brain about what swimmer is from where, do not care what ISL team they are on.)

Also v much agree that coaches that are more adaptable should’ve been better positioned for the last year. Be a problem solver! You’ve got new conditions, make it work.

Barry
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

V much agree w/ Braden that watching ISL is a chore. Even scrolling the results, …

The fact that you even have to scroll through the results (either on here, or on Omega) is a big problem. Just give us the results!

One thing I’ll say about the jackpot lights. I liked the lights initially, but it kind of seems like the wrong way to represent it. It should be a line – like we have the WR line at major meets, we should have a jackpot line that is running behind the swimmers. That would actually give you an idea of where people need to be (instead of just flashing red – sometimes incorrectly).

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Barry
1 month ago

I’m not super sure how the WR lines are programmed – and neither did NBC at Olympic Trials, they weren’t doing them right – but that might be a lot harder than the flashing red lanes. (Because jackpots are based on the difference in time between the winner and the person that’s jackpotted, right? So it’d have to trail the leading swimmer by some amount, but it would also be dependent on how fast that swimmer is going at any point in time…I might be thinking about it wrong, but it seems hard. The red flashing lanes seem like they’re just like, if the difference in time b/w the leading swimmer and the swimmer in this lane is greater than… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

It seems to me that once you have the tech to show us the athletes’ real-time speed as a tail, everything else related to lanes and lines is doable.

Then again, maybe that was proprietary tech that the Italian broadcaster doesn’t have.

Ghost
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

I would rather than speed or who is getting lapped, I would rather see their names behind there. With all the camera angles, I forget or get disoriented to tell who is in what lane.

Chineeese boy
Reply to  Barry
1 month ago

As far as I can remember, they had a jackpot golden line in season 2, I think this is so much better than this distracting red flashing light

Tyson
Reply to  Chineeese boy
1 month ago

Agreed I preferred the jackpot line it was the same as a wr line but instead for the jackpot so you knew if someone was losing their points with a red flash ruining the race. I love ISL but they need to learn more isn’t always better

Troyy
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

I guess they must think the flashing red lanes are more exciting. 🙄

Tyson
1 month ago

Imo the only reason the ISL draft doesn’t work is because the top teams can still retain almost all their strength because all the teams have been allowed to retain too many swimmers if the amount was perhaps 8-10 retained swimmers instead of 16 then perhaps the draft would be much more effective because they won’t be able to retain as much depth. At the moment we could say the teams not going to the playoffs are the trident and breakers based off both teams already getting 4th twice and they have very little depth

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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