International Swimming League Match 4 Day 1: King, Kawecki Set Records to Put Condors Way Ahead

international-swimming-league-Radoslav Kawecki (photo: Mike Lewis)
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Now that all of the International Swimming League (ISL) teams have debuted in Season 2, the plot will begin to thicken in the race for the 2020 championship.

Match 4 began between the Cali Condors, DC Trident, New York Breakers and Team Iron.

As expected, the Condors put together dominant performances as their big names had some big wins: Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel, Olivia Smoliga, Melanie Margalis, Hali Flickinger, Beata Nelson, Justin Ress and Radoslaw Kawecki all won races.

King set the textile American record, while Kawecki broke an ISL mark in the process.

International Swimming League Match 4 Team scores after Day 1

  1. Cali Condors 301.5
  2. NY Breakers 196
  3. Team Iron 173
  4. DC Trident 136.5

International Swimming League Match 4 MVP standings after Day 1

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Condors 36
  2. Marco Koch, Breakers 30
  3. Emre Sakci, Iron 27.5
  4. Lilly King, Condors 27
  5. Beata Nelson, Condors 26
  6. Olivia Smoliga, Condors, 24.5


The LA Current won Match 3 which ended Sunday.

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*Jackpot times in the International Swimming League are determined in advance: for instance, 1.35secs in the men’s 100 free. If the winner touches in 45secs, all those who are slower than 46.35 forfeit their points to the man who stopped the clock first.

Women’s 100 Butterfly

New York’s Arina Surkova won the 100 butterfly from lane 8 in 56.49 as the Breakers went 1-3. Svetlana Chimrova was third for the Breakers.

Finishing second was Kelsi Dahlia of the Cali Condors, ahead of teammate Erika Brown.


Men’s 100 Butterfly

Cali Condors’ Caeleb Dressel had a strong to the meet, winning the men’s 100 fly in a big way. Dressel touched the wall in 49.35 and took plenty of jackpot points in the process, stealing the points of the bottom three swimmers int he event — gaining an extra six points for the Condors.

It led a 20-point swing for the Condors, who lead with 32 after two events, ahead of New York (26), Team Iron (11) and DC Trident (5).

Joe Litchfield of the New York Breakers was second, followed by Team Iron’s Nicholas Santos.


Women’s 200 Backstroke

Cali Condors’ Beata Nelson used strong underwaters on the last 50 to hold of DC Trident’s Amy Bilquist to win the 200 backstroke in 2:01.31.

It is the first ISL win for Nelson, holding off Bilquist, who won the event in Match 1. Both swimmers passed the previous top swims in the ISL this season in the event.

Cali Condors teammate Hali Flickinger finished third to give the Condors 15 points, then added 10 more on the jackpot to give Cali 25 points in the event.

“I am super happy. I am pretty motivated,” Nelson said on the broadcast. “(The underwater) hurts really bad, but I know I have to push through it. I am happy I got the win for my team.”


Men’s 200 Backstroke

Cali Condor’s Radoslaw Kawecki broke the ISL record in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:48.23.

DC Trident’s Jacob Pebley was second, Followed by New York Breakers’ Jakub Skierka.


Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Cali Condors’ Lilly King broke the American Record in the 200 breaststroke to win in 2:16.04.

Rebecca Soni holds the world record of 2:14.57 from the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but USA Swimming decided that American records set in shiny suits after October 1, 2009 – when USA Swimming implemented the shiny suit ban domestically – would not be ratified. This is the case even for times swum legally in international events where ban was not in effect yet.

New York Breakers’ Emily Escobedo finished second, followed by DC Trident’s Bethany Galat.


Men’s 200 Breaststroke

New York Breakers’ Marco Koch, winning in 2:00.81. He missed the world record in the event by nearly six tenths of a second.

DC Trident’s Tommy Cope finished second, ahead of Team Iron’s Ross Murdoch.

Koch’s time stole the points (21) of all but Cope in the jackpot as he stunningly earned 30 points all by himself in the event.

“I am so happy with the race, I was hoping to go a little faster … but I am so happy to score 30 points,” Koch said. “Hopefully (the world record) next time. I had a little problem with my groin, so I couldn’t swim a lot of breaststroke the last few days, so now it is really good again and I am looking forward to the next match.”


Women’s 4×100 Free Relay

The Cali Condors held off a late surge from the DC Trident to win the 4×100 relay in 3:30.09, the fifth win by the Condors so far.

Olivia Smoliga led off the relay, followed Erika Brown, Allison Schmitt and Natalie Hinds.

The DC Trident were second, followed by the New York Breakers.


Men’s 50 Free

Caeleb Dressel claimed his second win of the day, winning the 50 free in 20.69 to hold off the field.

Condors teammate Justin Ress was second for a 1-2 finish, followed by DC Trident’s Zach Apple.

Team scores after the 50:

  1. Cali Condors 140
  2. New York Breakers 95
  3. DC Trident 58
  4. Team Iron 35


Women’s 50 Free

New York Breakers’ Kasia Wasick won the women’s 50 free, touching the wall in 23.43, the fastest time in the ISL this season. The Breakers kept Wasick off of the 4×100 relay just 15 minutes before, unlike most of the field, and it paid off for the Breakers.

Team Iron’s Ranomi Kromowidjojo finished second, followed by teammate Melanie Henique and Cali’s Olivia Smoliga.


Men’s 200 IM

Team Iron earned its first win of the meet in the 200 IM as Nicholas Santos won the event in 1:52.84.

DC Trident’s Abrahm DeVine was second, followed by New York’s Joe Litchfield.

The team scores after the 200 IM:

  1. Cali Condors 149.5
  2. NY Breakers 116
  3. DC Trident 69.5
  4. Team Iron 67


Women’s 200 IM

Cali Condors’ Melanie Margalis made a late move to win the 200 IM in 2:04.32 with 1-3 Cali finish as Meghan Small took third.

It was an expected battle between Margalis and Katinka Hosszu, but Hosszu faded and finished sixth for Team Iron.

New York Breakers’ Abbie Wood finished second.

“I like that we get to race different people in every meet,” Margalis said. “I tried to sneak a little peak on breaststroke to see where everyone was.”


Men’s 50 Breaststroke

Team Iron’s Emre Sackci won the 50 breast in 25.50, stealing the points of five swimmers with a jackpot time.

New York Breakers’ Michael Andrew was second, followed by Cali’s Caeleb Dressel.

The jackpot earned 24 total points for Sakci and the Iron jumped to third after the 50 breast, after the Trident were shut out in the event:

  1. Cali Condors 173.5
  2. NY Breakers 130
  3. Team Iron 94
  4. DC Trident 78.5

Women’s 50 Breast

Lilly King won her second event of the day, claiming the 50 breast in 29.16.

King is unbeaten in ISL competition so far in her career and went 1-3 with Cali Condors teammate Molly Hannis.

Team Iron’s Ida Hulkko was second.


Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

The Cali Condors used a back-half surge to win the 4×100 free relay in 3:06.11.

Kacper Majchrzak led off, followed by Townley Haas, Tate Jackson and Caeleb Dressel.

Jackson made the big move after DC Trident led behind the strong front half with Zach Apple and Jacob Pebley.

But team Iron Was second behind Clement Mignon, Thom De Boer, Marco Orsi and Emre Sakci.

DC was third behind Apple, Pebley, Robert Howard and Andrew Loy.


Women’s 50 Backstroke

Cali Condors’ Olivia Smoliga continued her strong performances in the 50 backstroke, touching the wall in 25.93, not far off of her 25.74 career best.

The performance was a jackpot time that stole six points from the bottom three swimmers in the event.

Team Iron went 2-3 behind Melanie Henique and Caroline Pilhatsch.

Cali’s Beata Nelson was fourth.

It was a huge performance for Team Iron, especially with DC’s points being lost in the jackpot. The Iron are closing in on second:

1. Cali Condors 235.5
2. NY Breakers 145
3. Team Iron 141
4. DC Trident 100.5


Men’s 50 Backstroke

Cali continued to pile up victories as Justin Ress won the men’s 50 backstroke in 23.28.

New York’s Joe Litchfield was second, followed by Team Iron’s Guilherme Basseto.


Women’s 400 Free

Cali poured on the points in the 400 free as Hali Flickinger and Haley Anderson went 1-2 for the Condors.

Flickinger won the event in 3:59.84, the 12th win for Cali.

New York’s Boglarka Kapas was third.


Men’s 400 Free

New York Breakers’ Felix Aubock surged to victory in the 400 free, holding off a 2-3 DC Trident finish in what could be a key race for both teams.

Aubock finished in 3:37.48 as DC’s Zane Grothe was second, followed by Velimir Stjepanovic.


Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The Cali Condors had three Olympic gold medalists on their A relay in the 4×100 medley with Olivia Smoliga, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia as well as anchor Natalie Hinds, and as expected won easily in 3:48.92.

The Condors will get to pick the stroke for the skins on Day 12.

Cali went 1-2 on their relays, with Allison Schmitt holding off Margo Geer and the Trident for second place.


Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay

Team Iron won the men’s relay to earn the right to pick the skins for Day 2.

Guilherme Basseto, Emre Sakci, Nicholas Santos and Clement Mignon finished in 3:24.81.

The DC Trident finished second behind a huge anchor split from Zach Apple, holding off the Cali Condors in the event.

International Swimming League Match 4 points after Day 1

  1. Cali Condors 301.5
  2. NY Breakers 196
  3. Team Iron 173
  4. DC Trident 136.5

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