Winning the ISL Team Title – Lezak: I went after the best swimmer in the world

The International Swimming League has published its technical information, breaking down event schedules, scoring, lineups and more.

We’ll break down all the info as best we can below. You can see a PDF with all the technical information by clicking here. You can also see our breakdown of all this information here.

With the ISL season nearly upon us, and excitement starting to build for it’s inaugural season, SwimSwam asked each GM one simple question: How will they win the ISL?

Cali Condors’ GM Jason Lezak had one big emphasis. Caeleb Dressel. He explained that he built a team around Caeleb and tried to get bunches of swimmers that already train on the same team.

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Chaitha D.

Smart. He also went after the best swimmer in the world (at the time) in that amazing 4×100 free relay anchor in Beijing.


I feel like the best swimmer at the time was Michael Phelps

Chaitha D.

I meant in the 100 free


I’ve just realised that this plan to have 32 athlete success on each roster won’t work. They need more really because a little while ago you did an article about the British being at an altitude camp during some of the meets. That means they will miss some of the meets meaning London Roar will be unable at some meets to have 12 swimmers and 2 alternates on both the men’s and women’s team because they will have 13 at most on each roster.


Best swimmer in the world? But Dean Farris isn’t on the team. 🤔

Ol' Longhorn

Not to mention the women, like Ledecky for one, who hold multiple individual world records and Olympic golds.

Michael Schwartz

I feel like this comes down to how you interpret the qualifier “best”. Having somebody on your team with multiple world records like Ledecky is fantastic, but let’s look at the format of the meet and what events these swimmers actually race. The format is SCM, not LCM. And while Ledecky has proven to be a threat in the 200-1500 free and the 400IM, Dressel has shown to be able to swim the 100 free, fly, and breast SCY as well as the 200IM and 50 free. We don’t have nearly as large of a track record for Dressel in SCM other than Worlds in 2018 (which I think we can all agree was a very off year for Dressel),… Read more »


I would much rather have someone like Sjostrom or Hosszu on my team than Ledecky for the ISL format


He’s faster than all of them….

Ol' Longhorn

You sure? Which events? Pretty sure Ledecky takes him in 1500, 800.

Chaitha D.

In the 1500 yes, but not in the 800


but…he is in his own league…

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