On November 25th and 26th at 7pm CET, the fifth play-off game (match 16) of the ISL Season 3 will begin broadcasting. Energy Standard (ENS), London Roar (LON), LA Current (LAC) and DC Trident (DCT) will take part.
For these four, this is the last match of the play-offs and is essentially only of significance for the Current. Energy Standard and London Roar, with 7 points each after 2 matches (the same number as Cali Condors), secured their place in the Final Four, as it is impossible to imagine either of them ending up at the last place in this match.
However, DC Trident, with only 3 points, lost their chances of making it to the final stage of Season 3. LA Current, on the other hand, is still in a remote battle with the Toronto Titans, as LA has 6 points and the Titans have 5. However, if the Current takes the 3rd place and gets 2 points, the Titans will have to win the 6th game of the play-offs in order to advance to the Final Four. However, the Titan’s opponent in their last match will be the Cali Condors, last Season’s champions, so in order to win, the Titans will have to make an athletic achievement. In case of a tie, the Current will have a face-off advantage as in the second game of the play-offs, LAC was the 1st and Toronto was the 3rd.
It is no wonder that Energy was the champion of the Third Regular Season, as they have many valuable players. The main Standard’s strike force is Sarah SJOSTROM, who is the first swimmer in the ISL ranking in the 50m freestyle as well as the 50m butterfly and, accordingly, the best in the skin races. Additionally, SJOSTROM is 3rd in the 100m freestyle and 7th in the 100m butterfly. She is also the League’s most valuable swimmer in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and is 6th and 8th in the mixed medley relay and women’s medley relay, respectively.
Energy’s leader is perfectly complemented by Siobhan HAUGHEY, who leads the ISL ranking in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle and additionally, is the most useful athlete in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. In addition, she is ranked 17th in the 50m freestyle, so, HAUGHEY is an excellent “number two” under SJOSTROM.
Ilya SHYMANOVICH set his own World Record in the 50m breaststroke in the previous match and is number 1 in the ISL ranking on that exact distance, as well as on the 100m. In the middle distance – the 200m backstroke, SHYMANOVICH is the 3rd. He is also the most valuable swimmer of the League in 4x100m medley relay: both men’s and mixed.
Evgenii RYLOV is the 2nd ranked swimmer in the men’s 200-, 6th in the 100- and 7th in the 50-meter backstroke. In the 4x100m medley relay, he is rated 3rd in the League.
Young Anastasiya SHKURDAY is the League’s most valuable swimmer in the mixed 4x100m medley relay, 4th in the 100m butterfly and 5th in the 100m individual medley. SHKURDAY is also ranked 5th in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Energy’s Kregor ZIRK is 3rd in the ISL in the 400m freestyle, Evgeniia CHIKUNOVA is 3rd in the 200m breaststroke and Felipe LIMA is 4th in the 50m breaststroke, (performing as number 2 of Ilya SHYMANOVICH) as well as 6th in the 100m breast.
The leaders from the Roar look no less impressive. Duncan SCOTT’s main stroke is freestyle, where he is currently League’s 1st in the 200m and 4th in the 400m. Additionally, in the medley swims, SCOTT is 2nd in the 200m, 7th in the 400m and 10th in the 100m.
Alia ATKINSON only specializes in two distances – the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke, but she is ranked 2nd in both. Also, in the women’s 4x100m medley relay, Atkinson is ISL’s 3rd.
Guilherme GUIDO is the 1st in the League in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke and 4th in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Kira TOUSSAINT specializes in the backstroke and is the 1st in the 50m, 2nd in the 100m and 9th in 200m. She is also 6th in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Chrisitian DIENER is London’s top swimmers in the men’s backstroke: 4th ranked in the 100m, 5th in the 50m and 8th in the 100m.
Sydney PICKREM is the Lions key to winning the medley swims: she is 3rd in the 200m and 6th in the 100- and 400-meters.
Emma McKEON specializes in the butterfly and freestyle sprints: she is 3rd in the 100- and 12th in the 50-m butterfly as well as 6th in the 50- and 100-m freestyle.
The Tridents have more line-up issues, but DC’s leaders are very much capable of winning their main distances. Bailey ANDISON is the 1st in the ISL in the 400m medley, 7th in the 200m and 12th in the 100m.
It’s interesting that the second leader of the team – Andreas VAZAIOS is also a medley swimmer: he is 1st in the 200m, 7th in the 100m and 9th in the 400m. In addition, VAZAIOS is 12th in the 200m butterfly and 14th in the 50m backstroke.
Ali DELOOF brings the Tridents points in the backstroke: she is 4th in the 50m, 5th in the 100m and 10th in the 200m. In addition, DELOOF is 12th in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Aleksandr SHCHEGOLEV is having his first Season of the League but has already managed to cover DC a couple of freestyle distances – he is 3rd in the 200m and 6th in the 100m.
Zsuzsanna JACKABOS is a versatile fighter: she is 8th in the 400- and 10th in the 200-m individual medley. She is also 6th in the 200m butterfly and 20th in the 400m freestyle.
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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