On December 3rd and 4th from 7pm CET, our platform will begin broadcasting live from the Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion swimming arena in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The Final of the Four of the Third Season of the ISL will take place with the participating finalists: Cali Condors (CAC), Energy Standard (ENS), London Roar (LON) and LA Current (LAC).
Recall, that these teams passed the Regular season (held in Naples), where from 10 clubs, 8 were left to attend the next stage. These clubs were then the four best in the play-off stage in Eindhoven, so, they were qualified to play in the final of the ISL Season 3, in the battle for the Champions’ cup. The strongest swimmers around the world play for these great clubs, so, the audience can enjoy the performance of the most skillful ISL swimmers: the entire Top 10 will be participating in the match as well as 16 swimmers from the top 20 in the aggregate ratings.
For the Energy Standard: Sarah SJOSTROM (1), Siobhan HAUGHEY (4), Ilya SHYMANOVICH (5), Evgenii RYLOV (18)
For the Cali Condors: Lilly KING (2), Caeleb DRESSEL (3), Beata NELSON (7), Kelsi DAHLIA (9), Coleman STEWART (15)
For the London Roar: Duncan SCOTT (8), Alia ATKINSON (14), Kira TOUSAINT (17), Guilherme GUIDO (19)
For the LA Current: Ryan MURPHY (6), Tom SHIELDS (10), Ingrid WILM (16)
A fierce competition should be expected in every swim and the outcome of the Final of the Four is completely unpredictable. This is the third time that these clubs meet in the Finals and the third time that the Final of the Four becomes the main event of the year in the swimming world.
We offer a brief overview of the main lineup and possible confrontations.
In the women’s freestyle, Energy are at the top of the ISL ranking, with Sarah SJOSTROM being the best in the 50m distance, as well as 6th in the 100m and Siobhan HAUGHEY in the 100-, 200-, 400-m.
However, they will undoubtedly be challenged by the Current’s Abbey WEITZEIL, who is 2nd in the 50- and the 100-m. Her teammate Madison WILSON is 5th in the 200m and 8th in the 100m, so, she also will not give up without a fight.
The Condors have Freya ANDERSON, who is ranked 4th in the 200m, and Hali FLICKINGER, who is the 4th at the 400m distance.
Emma McKEON of the Lions is the 4th in the 100m and 7th in the 200m.
The Condors’ ace in the hole is Caeleb DRESSEL, who is the best in the men’s 50- and 100-m freestyle, and the Condors were saving him for the decisive match for a reason. Justin RESS, rated 2nd and 3rd in the League on the same distances, respectively, could be a worthy number 2, as well as can pretty much take the lead.
The Roar’s Duncan SCOTT is 2nd in the 200m and Benjamin PROUD of the Standard is 3rd in the 50m.
The 400m, compared to the normal swims, have 16 extra points available for the teams. The Current’s swimmer Fernando SCHEFFER is ranked 1st on this distance as well as 3rd on the 200m. His teammate Martin MALYUTIN is 6th on the latter distance.
The 3rd place in the rating on this distance is taken by Energy’s Kregor ZIRK.
In the women’s backstroke, Kira TOUSSAINT of the Roar is ranked 1st in the 50m distance, 3rd in the 100m and 8th in the 200m in the ISL ranking. In addition, her teammate Minna ATHERTON is 5th in the 200m and 7th in the 100m.
Cali’s Beata NELSON is ranked 1st in the 200m swim, while her teammate Olivia SMOLIGA is 2nd in the 50m and 4th in the 100m.
The Current has hopes for Ingrid WILM, who is 2nd in the 100m, 4th in the 200m and 6th in the 50m.
Simona KUBOVA who is 8th in the 100m and 9th in the 50m can be a real life-saver for team Energy.
In the men’s lineup, the Roar’s hopes lie on Guilherme GUIDO who is 1st in the 50- and the 100-meter distances. Another Lion – Christian DIENER – is 7th and 8th in those events, respectfully, while he is also 4th in the 200m. In addition, Luke GREENBANK is rated 3rd in the 200m.
Meanwhile, the 1st ranked swimmer in the 200m is Ryan MURPHY of the Current, who is also rated 2nd in the 50m and 5th in the 100m.
For Energy, their strongest backstroke swimmer must be Evgenii RYLOV, who is ranked 2nd in the 200m, 6th in the 100m and 10th in the 50m.
The key question for the Condors is whether world record holder Coleman STEWART, who is 3rd in the 50m and 2nd in the 100m, will finally regain his last year’s form and repeat his success of a 37-point jackpot?
The queen of breaststroke – Lilly KING – swims for the Condors and is the best in the League in all three distances. Her teammate Molly HANNIS is 3rd in the 50m and 7th in the 100m.
The main KING’s challenger is the Roar’s Alia ATKINSON, who is 2nd in both the 50- the 100-m, as well as Annie LAZOR, who is 4th and 2nd in the 100m and the 200m, respectively.
Energy has Evgeniia CHIKUNOVA, who is number 3 in the 200m and 9th in the 100m.
The king of breaststroke – Ilya SHYMANOVICH – is one of Energy’s swimmers. He is the World Record holder and is the best in the League in the 50- and 100-meter distances, as well as the 3rd in the 200m. His regular companion Felipe LIMA is ranked 3rd in the 50m and 6th in the 100m.
Nic FINK of the Condors is a worthy competition for the Standard’s breaststrokers as he is 4th in the 100m and 5th in the 50- and the 200-m.
In the women’s butterfly, Energy’s Sarah SJOSTROM has the highest rating in the 50m and is 3rd in the 100m. In the 50m, she usually is paired up with Madeline BANIC, who is ranked 3rd in this distance.
Cali’s Kelsi DAHLIA is the 1st in the 100m, 4th in the 200m and 5th in the 50m. Her teammate Hali FLICKINGER is the 2nd in the 200 meters.
The Lions will be betting on Emma McKEON, who is rated 4th in the 100m swim.
In the men’s, the Current has the mighty Tom SHIELDS: he is the 1st in the League in the 100- and the 200-m and 2nd in the 50m.
The Condors’ Caeleb DRESSEL can make SHIELDS sweat, if he is able to regain his strength for the Finals, as DRESSEL is ranked 2nd in the 100m and 6th in the 50m.
The Lion’s trump card is Tappei MORIMOTO who is the 4th in the 200m.
Another swimmer who had to regain his form for the Final of the Four is Chad Le CLOS of the Standard. He is ranked 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m in the ISL ranking.
In the women’s IM, many of the highest ranked leaders have already dropped out of the competition with their teams. Out of the remaining ones, the main players are: the Condor’s Beata NELSON, who is 1st in the 100m and 4th in the 200m; Sydney PICKREM of the Roar who is ranked 2nd in the 200m and 4th in the 400m; LA’s Anastasiya GORBENKO, who is 3rd in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.
For men, the leader is obviously the Lions’ Duncan SCOTT: he is the best in the League in the 200- and the 400-m IM and is 7th in the 100m swim.
Caeleb DRESSEL has the highest rating in the 100m and Andrei ZHILKIN of Energy is 4th in the 100m.
In addition there will be many fabulous relay races, and the unpredictable skin races.
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ABOUT THE ISL: The International Swimming League is the first global professional swimming team-based competition. Founded in 2018, the league currently consists of 10 teams based in North America (Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current, NY Breakers and Toronto Titans), Europe (Italy-based Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Hungary-based Iron, and the UK-based London Roar) and Asia (Tokyo Frog Kings).
ISL Season 3 will take place in three phases, with Naples, Italy, first playing host to the 10 ISL clubs in a five-week regular season from 26 August to 30 September. This will be followed by a Play-off phase of three weeks in November, which will bring together the top eight ISL Clubs to compete for a spot in the ISL Final. The ISL Grand Final is set to take place at the begining of December when the ISL Champions will be crowned.
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