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Energy Standard power to historic opening ISL victory

by ZwemZa on October 7th, 2019

Another strong showing on Day 2 in Indianapolis led Energy Standard to a historic victory as the club becomes the first to win an International Swimming League match. This was the first of six regular-season events for the ground-breaking league before the Grand Final in Las Vegas in December.

Coming into the second of two days with a 20.5-point advantage on the Cali Condors, the two clubs battled neck-and-neck all session. France-based Energy Standard pulled out to a 29-point lead heading into the skins event, where they really threw the hammer down and ran away with the match.

The skins is one of the many unique aspects of the ISL, scoring triple the points of a regular individual event in a three-round elimination 50 freestyle. Energy Standard female captain Sarah Sjöström and Femke Heemskerk went 1-2 for the club in the women’s event, and then Florent Manaudou and Ben Proud did the same in the men’s to bring in a whopping 96 points – the same as their ultimate margin of victory.

The club ended up with 521 points, 96 clear of the Condors who had 425. Sjöström followed up her two individual wins on Day 1 with two more on Day 2, not including the skins event. The 26-year-old Swede topped the women’s 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly, finishing with 54 total points to earn MVP honors. The swimmer who compiles the most points throughout each match earns the award.

“It’s really cool. It’s the first time we’ve done this competition so there’s still a bit to learn about how the tactics should be and how to get the highest points as possible,” said Sjöström in a post-match interview. “I feel like we are doing a really good job and we have a really good staff around us. It was a lot of fun.”

Energy Standard male captain Chad Le Clos was the top male scorer with 43 points, claiming the men’s 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly on day 2 in addition to a runner-up finish to Manaudou in the 50 fly.

Le Clos was pleased with the team-first mentality the club had that led them to victory.

“To be honest I don’t want to mention individuals because we did so well as a team,” said the South African after the match concluded. “We’ve got guys who stood up and did three or four races and took some hits for the benefit of the team. It’s about points not times.”

The Condors made their biggest push midway through the match. They went 1-2 in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, Australian Mitch Larkin won the men’s 200 individual medley, and Melanie Margalis and Kelsey Wog went 1-2 in the women’s 200 IM back-to-back-to-back to briefly give them the lead.

Olivia Smoliga, who is the youngest captain in the ISL, placed second to Sjöström with 39 points, winning the women’s 100 backstroke in addition to leading off the victorious 4×100 medley relay.

In the battle for third, the DC Trident pulled away from the Aqua Centurions to finish 26 points clear. The turning point for the Trident was in the 400 freestyle, where Katie Ledecky and Zane Grothe both had wins. In the process, Ledecky broke the American Record and narrowly missed the world record.

The four clubs will be back in action next weekend, October 12th and 13th, in Naples, Italy as the ISL will make its first trip over to Europe.

Final Club Standings, Indianapolis

  • Energy Standard, 521
  • Cali Condors, 425
  • DC Trident, 316.5
  • Aqua Centurions, 290.5

Club Scoring Through Match 1

  • Energy Standard, 4
  • Cali Condors, 3
  • DC Trident, 2
  • Aqua Centurions, 1

Day 2 Winners:

  • Women’s 100 Freestyle – Sarah Sjöström, Energy Standard – 51.76
  • Men’s 100 Freestyle – Chad Le Clos, Energy Standard – 46.96
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Lilly King, Cali Condors – 1:04.43
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Ilya Shymanovich, Energy Standard – 56.71
  • Women’s 400 Freestyle – Katie Ledecky, DC Trident – 3:54.06
  • Men’s 400 Freestyle – Zane Grothe, DC Trident – 3:41.64
  • Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay – Cali Condors (Smoliga, King, Dahlia, Comerford) – 3:49.06
  • Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Mitch Larkin, Cali Condors – 1:52.93
  • Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Melanie Margalis, Cali Condors – 2:04.18
  • Men’s 50 Butterfly – Florent Manaudou, Energy Standard – 22.66
  • Women’s 50 Butterfly – Sarah Sjöström, Energy Standard – 25.16
  • Men’s 100 Backstroke – Kliment Kolesnikov, Energy Standard – 50.16
  • Women’s 100 Backstroke – Olivia Smoliga, Cali Condors – 56.38
  • Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay – Energy Standard (Rylov, Bilis, Sanchez, Oleksiak) – 3:18.45
  • Women’s 200 Butterfly – Hali Flickinger, Cali Condors – 2:05.42
  • Men’s 200 Butterfly – Chad Le Clos, Energy Standard – 1:52.66
  • Women’s 50 Freestyle Skins – Sarah Sjöström, Energy Standard (23.89, 24.32, 25.22)
  • Men’s 50 Freestyle Skins – Florent Manaudou, Energy Standard (21.24, 22.00, 22.97)

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.

Key Dates:

5-6 October 2019 – IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, USA

12-13 October 2019 – Aquatic Swimming Complex, Naples, Italy

19-20 October 2019 – The LISD Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, Texas, USA

26-27 October 2019 – Duna Area, Budapest, Hungary

16-17 November 2019 – Natatorium at the Eppley Recreation Center, Maryland, USA

23-24 November 2019 – London Aquatic Centre, Great Britain

20-21 December 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA

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