2019 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – EUROPEAN DERBY
- Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
- 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Centre – London, England
- Short Course Meters (SCM) format
- European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
- Viewers Guide
There is only pride and prize money on the line for the Aqua Centurions at this weekend’s International Swimming League (ISL) European Derby meet in London, and they’ve brought along a new face to help them fight for both.
23-year old Russian sprinter Vladislav Grinev has joined the team for their 2019 season finale after setting a new Russian Record in the 100 free in long course meters this summer.
Grinev’s Lifetime Bests:
A swimmer in the prime of his career, and who is very good in both long course and short course, Grinev’s primary contributions will come in the 100 and 200 meter freestyles, though in short course, especially, he can certainly range down to the 50 free, or side-step to the 100 fly.
These are areas where Aqua Centurions have done fairly well, relative to their own results, in the first 2 meets of their ISL season. Brazilian Breno Correia has won the 200 free at both of the team’s meets so far, for example, and in the opener in Indianapolis, Poul Zellmann finished 2nd.
Zellmann remains on this roster for the meet, so Aqua will have some choices to make there.
Aqua, as will many teams, will several swimmers who will be missing in London. Among the other absences are Australians Georgia Bohl and Kaylee McKeown, both Australians, continuing a trend we’ve seen at these derbies (on both sides of the Atlantic) of many Australians not competing. McKeown wound up not competing in any meets this season for Aqua.
Also missing are Santo Condroelli, Luiz Altamir Melo, and Spain’s Alba Vazquez.
A big opportunity for Aqua to make up ground this week is via Spanish swimmer Lidon Munoz, who is coming off a Spanish Championship performance where she set 5 Spanish Records and won 8 gold medals. She struggled for Aqua in the first 2 meets, including only 9.5 MVP points in Naples, but if her racing from last weekend carries over to this week, she could be a top 20 scorer for Aqua.
That would be crucial for team morale, if not standings, because the Aqua women especially have struggled. In Naples, for example, their men scored 195.5 points while their women scored just 110 as they lost to DC Trident by half-a-point. Indianapolis told a similar tale, with 194.5 men’s points and 80 women’s points.
European Standings Heading into Derby Week
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Aqua Centurions Roster, 2019 European Derby Meet
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