Cali Condors’ Stewart, Fink, Dressel and Ress Break American Record in 400 Medley Relay

RESS Justin CAC Cali Condors (CAC) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 6 day 1 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Cali Condors' Justin Ress -- Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Cali Condors’ Stewart, Fink, Dressel and Ress Break American Record in 400 Medley Relay

In a tight showdown between the Cali Condors and Energy Standard in the men’s 400 medley relay to conclude the first day of the ISL final, the Condors emerged in front. The team of Coleman Stewart (49.62), Nic Fink (55.21), Caeleb Dressel (49.01) and Justin Ress (45.80) combined to swim a time of 3:19.64, about a second ahead of the Energy team. Kliment Kolesnikov (49.90), Ilya Shymanovich (55.38), Chad le Clos (48.92) and Adam Barrett (46.41) combined to finish at 3:20.61.

That Cali team consisted of four American swimmers, and they actually broke the American record in the event. Previously, the group of Ryan MurphyAndrew Wilson, Dressel and Ryan Held swam a time of 3:19.98 at the 2018 Short Course World Championships. Russia owns the world record at 3:19.16 from 2019.

Fink has been one of the most valuable swimmers of the meet so far, with two upset wins over Shymanovich in the 200 breast and 50 breast, and he again out-split the Energy Standard on the relay. Then, Ress provided his second clutch relay anchor of the day to bring the squad home. Notably, Energy Standard’s B-team got a 48.98 leadoff split from Evgeny Rylov, but replacing Kolesnikov’s leadoff leg with Rylov’s would still have left Energy barely behind Cali.

Cali secured a 24-point jackpot with the win, but Energy ended up with 22 points thanks to a 2-5 finish here. That advanage of just two points left Energy Standard 21 points ahead of Cali heading into the second and final day of the match. The Condors’ disqualification in the women’s 400 medley relay is the difference since it created a swing of 42 points in the standings.

London Roar placed third with Guilherme GuidoRoss MurdochVini Lanza and Kyle Chalmers. Chalmers anchored in 45.78 on the way to a final time of 3:23.51.