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Naples geared up to host second match of inaugural International Swimming League

by ZwemZa on October 10th, 2019

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The new International Swim League (ISL) will make its first trip to Europe on October 12th-13th as Naples, Italy will play host at the Piscina Felice Scandone. This event marks the league’s second match after the season opened October 5th-6th in Indianapolis, Ind. Tickets are on sale now starting as low as €16.40.

Four clubs will participate in the match: the DC Trident, Cali Condors, Aqua Centurions, and Energy Standard. These are the same teams who raced in the opening event in Indianapolis. There are a total of eight clubs in the two-continent league that is split between the United States and Europe. After the six-match regular season, the top four clubs will advance to the finals at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Energy Standard placed first in the league’s opening match, topping the Condors by 82 points.

The 2019 International Swimming League matches is being broadcast on television live, delayed-live and via dedicated highlights programming and live streamed in countries throughout the world. Details of regular broadcasters by country appear below. For precise details of broadcaster coverage please check local listings.

Where to watch by region 

  • Canada:CBC
  • Latin America: Claro Sport
  • Brazil: TV Globo
  • Caribbean: FlowSports
  • Israel: Sports 1
  • Middle East/North Africa: Bein Sport

When to watch by region

  • Local Naples time – 7:00 p.m.
  • New York, NY (Eastern) – 1:00 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, Ca. (Pacific) – 10:00 a.m.
  • London, Eng. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tokyo, Jpn. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Sydney, Aus. – 3:00 a.m.

Event Schedule

Women Event # Day 1 Men Event #
1 100m Butterfly 2
3 50m Breaststroke 4
5 400m Individual Medley 6
7 400m Freestyle Relay
9 200m Backstroke 8
11 50m Freestyle 10
400m Medley Relay 12
13 200m Freestyle 14
15 50m Backstroke 16
17 200m Breaststroke 18
400m Freestyle Relay 19
Women Event # Day 2 Men Event #
20 100m Freestyle 21
22 100m Breaststroke 23
24 400m Freestyle 25
26 400m Medley Relay
28 200m Individual Medley 27
30 50m Butterfly 29
32 100m Backstroke 31
33 400m Mixed Freestyle Relay 33
34 200m Butterfly 35
36 50m Freestyle Skins 37
38 200m Mixed Medley Relay* 38
*In case of Team tie only

Format Details

  • 4 teams (DC Trident, Cali Condors, Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard)
  • The suggested size of each club’s traveling roster is 24 athletes (12 men & 12 women), plus 4 substitutes (2 men & 2 women), for a total of 28.
  • 2 athletes will compete per event per club.
  • 2 relay teams will compete per relay event per club.
  • The winning club will score 4 standings points, 2nd place earns 3 points, 3rd place earns 2 points, and 4th place earns 1 point.

Scoring Rules

  • The scoring for each event will be as follows:
  • 1st place
  • 9 points
  • 2nd place
  • 7 points
  • 3rd place
  • 6 points
  • 4th place
  • 5 points
  • 5th place
  • 4 points
  • 6th place
  • 3 points
  • 7th place
  • 2 points
  • 8th place
  • 1 point

Individual Prize Money

Athlete Place Points
1st 6
2nd 4
3rd 2
4th 1
  • Relays score double points; each swimmer receives 25% of team’s relay points.
  • Skin races score triple points.
  • In regular season meets, athletes earn $300 per point.

More ISL Info

Over 100 Olympians are represented in the ISL, including 41 Olympic gold medalists from the 2016 Olympic Games. The ISL is groundbreaking in the swimming community as athletes will be paid both a salary and earn prize money based on their individual and club 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 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 athletes slated to compete in the league’s second match include American stars Caeleb Dressel (Cali Condors) and Katie Ledecky (DC Trident). Dressel is coming off of a six gold, eight medal performance at the 2019 World Championships, while Ledecky is a five-time Olympic gold medalist. Dressel will be making his ISL debut after sitting out of the Indianapolis match.

Also in action will be Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard, who earned MVP honors in the first match with 55.5 points. Sjostrom won five individual events, including the skins which are worth triple points.

The event will also include 12 of Italy’s biggest swimming stars, all competing for the Rome-based Aqua Centurions. Headlining that group is team captain Federica Pellegrini, who is a two-time Olympic medalist and six-time Long Course World Champion.

Naples Meet Details:

  • Who: DC Trident, Cali Condors, Aqua Centurions and Energy Standard
  • What: First European meet of the brand new professional International Swimming League
  • Where: Piscina Felice Scandone, Viale Giochi del Mediterraneo, 80, 80125,Naples, Italy
  • When: Saturday, October 12th, 2019 @ 7:00PM & Sunday, October 13th, 2019 @ 7:00PM. Each Session is scheduled to run two hours.

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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