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The International Swimming League (ISL) will shift back to the United States for the third stop of the series, as Lewisville, Texas plays host at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center. This will serve as the first competition for all four teams competing. Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $20.
Four teams will participate in the meet: the LA Current, NY Breakers, Team Iron, and the London Roar. These teams represent half of the two-continent league that is split between the United States and Europe. After the inaugural six-meet regular season, the top-four teams will advance to the finals at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Over 100 Olympians are represented by the ISL, including 41 Olympic gold medals from the 2016 Olympic Games. What sets the ISL apart is that swimmers will be paid both in salary and through prize money won based on their individual and team finishes. About $180,000 in prize money will be awarded at each regular season match, with nearly $1.5 million in prize money available for December’s championship meet in Las Vegas. Men and women will share equal prize money.
The innovative format for the opening season will see each club team bring a roster of up to 28 star swimmers (14 male, 14 female) that will compete to score points for their club. Match tallies will earn them rankings points toward the league table, with the top four clubs advancing to the grand final in Las Vegas in December.
The ISL will engage sports fans over each competition weekend with high-tempo two-hour matches. Experts in television, digital media and sports entertainment will provide a compelling backdrop for the swimmers with cutting-edge production and live show fan engagement.
Among the swimmers expected to compete in Lewisville include the most dominant medley swimmer in the world, Katinka Hosszu, who is both an athlete and the general manager of Team Iron. Hosszu is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a nine-time LC World Champion, and the holder of six individual world records – tying her with Sarah Sjöström of Energy Standard for the most of any swimmer in the world. Headlining action on the men’s side will be Adam Peaty (London Roar), who is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 100 breaststroke, an eight-time LC World Champion, and the current world record holder in the 50 and 100 breast.
Also expected to be in action will be El Paso native Will Licon, an 11-time NCAA champion with the Texas Longhorns from 2013 until 2017. He will be joined on the LA Current by fellow ex-Longhorn Jack Conger. Conger was a nine-time NCAA champion and 17-time All-American.
Former Texas A&M Aggies Sydney Pickrem (London Roar), Alia Atkinson (Iron), and Béryl Gastaldello (LA Current) will all be in action as well. Atkinson was the second Aggie to win an NCAA title, and finished her four years with 19 All-American honors. Pickrem and Gastaldello were 11 and 13-time All-Americans respectively.
Other Headline Swimmers Expected to Race:
- Hungarian Kristof Milak (Team Iron) is coming off a historic summer where he broke Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old world record in the men’s 200 butterfly. The 19-year-old is the reigning World and European champion in the event.
- Russian Vladimir Morozov (Team Iron) has arguably been the best male short course swimmer in the world in recent years, owning 20 SC World Championship medals along with the world record in the 100 Individual Medley.
- Sister Acts – there will be two sets of sisters competing in the meet. Australians Cate and Bronte Campbell will represent the London Roar, and the trio of Ali, Gabby, and Catie Deloof of Michigan will race for the New York Breakers. Cate is a five-time Olympic medalist and the current world record holder in the women’s short course 100 freestyle.
- Pernille Blume (NY Breakers) of Denmark was the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 50 freestyle and is the third-fastest swimmer in the history of the event.
- American Chase Kalisz (LA Current), the former understudy of Michael Phelps, was the 2017 World Champion in the men’s 200 and 400 individual medley, and also won silver at the 2016 Olympics in the 400.
- His countryman and teammate Ryan Murphy is the reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 100 and 200 backstroke, and is the world record holder of the former.
- Who: LA Current, NY Breakers, Team Iron, London Roar
- What: Third competition of the International Swimming League’s inaugural season
- Where: LISD Westside Aquatic Center
1750 Duncan Ln.
- When: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 @ 2:00PM & Sunday, October 20th, 2019 @ 2:00PM. Each Session is scheduled to run two hours.
See the complete 2019 ISL competition schedule here.
About the ISL: The International Swimming League is a global professional swimming competition launching in 2019 with teams in both Europe (Italy-based Aqua Centurions, France-based Energy Standard, Hungary-based Iron, and London Roar) and the United States (Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current, NY Breakers). The inaugural season will include matches in Indianapolis IN, Naples ITA, Lewisville TX, Budapest HUN, College Park MD, London GBR, and the championship finale at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. The ISL aims to create groundbreaking projects, in both form and content, exploring the full potential of competitive swimming while securing sustainable commercial growth in the sport.
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