ISL Day Two Recap: Dressel Takes Three Wins, King Remains Unbeaten As Condors Hand Energy Standard First Loss

Caeleb Dressel Cali Condors ISL (photo: Mike Lewis)
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ISL Budapest Day 2: Cali Condors Hand Defending Champs Energy Standard First Loss on Backs of Lilly King & Caeleb Dressel

The first match of the 2020 International Swimming League concluded on Saturday from the Budapest bubble as the Cali Condors handed Energy Standard their first loss led by Caeleb Dressel three wins on the day and Lilly King’s skins sweep in breaststroke. King remains unbeaten in the ISL over the three breaststroke distances as she scored the most points on the match.

Ryan Murphy of the LA Current took the backstroke skins to close out the meet as he also won the 100 backstroke on Saturday. Energy’s Sarah Sjostrom swam five races on the day in a little over an hour as it was not enough for her to get Energy past the Condors.

The addition of the jackpot times, which rewards swimmers for meeting a certain margin of victory, is really playing to the hand of the Cali Condors, who are more top heavy than Energy Standard, who won the title last year based on depth.

The next ISL meet will be tomorrow with the London RoarDC TridentAqua Centurions, and Team Iron at 12 p.m. New York City time. All meets will remain in the Budapest bubble.



  1. Cali Condors – 567
  2. Energy Standard – 463
  3. LA Current – 420
  4. New York Breakers – 266

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*Jackpot times 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 Free

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard got the day started with a 1-2 finish with teammate Siobhan Haughey as the Swede won with a 51.17. LA Current’s Beryl Gastaldello finished in third from lane one.

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Men’s 100 Free

Caeleb Dressel grabbed his first win of the ISL season with a 45.87 in the 100 freestyle as he was in a dog fight with Florent Manaudou of Energy Standard. The Condors also picked up big points from Justin Ress in third place as he slipped in ahead of the Current’s Maxime Rooney, who is making his professional debut.

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Women’s 200 Fly

Hali Flickinger of the Cali Condors used a strong back half to take the 200 butterfly win at 2:05.15 as she ran down the New York Breakers’ Svetlana Chimrova, who led through 170 meters. Kelsi Dahlia of the Condors was run down for third by Energy Standard’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos.

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Men’s 200 Fly

Tom Shields held on to sweep the 100 and 200 butterfly events at the ISL Budapest bubble with a 1:50.43, holding off Energy Standard’s Chad Le ClosEddie Wang of the Cali Condors, a relative unknown in the ISL out of Taiwan, finished with an impressive third as the Condors keep rumbling toward the finish.

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Women’s 100 Back

Olivia Smoliga of the Cali Condors ripped an impressive 55.66, just off her best time of 55.47 that stands as the American record. She went 1-2 with ISL rookie Beata Nelson, who had an impressive final 25 kick-out but it was not enough to get the win. Energy Standard’s Emily Seebohm finished in third as she is one of the few Aussies competing in the ISL after many of them withdrew from the bubble citing safety concerns.

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Men’s 100 Back

Ryan Murphy of the LA Current took the 100 back with an impressive last 15 meters with a 49.62. He held off a strong effort from rookie Coleman Stewart of the Cali Condors, who came from NC State, but faded on the last 10 meters. Third place went to Evgeny Rylov of Energy Standard, who are trying to avoid their first loss in the league.

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Women’s 100 IM

Sarah Sjostrom collected her fourth win of the weekend with a win in the 100 IM at 57.74 as he ran away from the field on the freestyle leg over Anastasia Gorbenko (LA Current) and Melanie Margalis (Cali Condors).

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Men’s 100 IM

Caeleb Dressel grabbed his second win of the day for the Cali Condors with a 51.36 in the 100 IM, not far off of Ryan Lochte’s 50.71 American record. He was dead even with the field at the 75 but ran away from everyone with teammate Marcin Cieslak in second and LA Current’s Tomoe Hvas in third. Hvas, the Norwegian rookie, is making his ISL debut with impressive swims in the IM events. 2016 World champ Michael Andrew finished in fourth for the Breakers as the 100 IM made its ISL debut.

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Women’s 200 Free

Siobhan Haughey came up huge for Energy Standard in the 200 free with a 1:51.67. She was stroke for stroke with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt of the Cali Condors, who faded badly over the last 50. Sarah Sjostrom, who just got out of the 100 IM, finished in third ahead of LA Current’s Andi Murez.

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Men’s 200 Free

Fernando Scheffer of the LA Current used a strong middle 100 with a 1:42.55 to upset the field containing Danas Rapsys of Energy Standard and Felix Aubock of the New York Breakers. Rapsys had a late push but it was not enough to catch Scheffer, as the Current men have had a strong showing thus far this season.

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Women’s 50 Fly

Beryl Gastaldello of the LA Current was the outside smoke in the 50 butterfly as her 24.75 sealed the win over Sarah Sjostrom on her fourth swim of the day.

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Men’s 50 Fly

Caeleb Dressel grabbed his third win of the day with a 22.46 in the 50 fly, ahead of Florent Manaudou and Tom Shields, who swept the 100 and 200 fly. Dressel’s win adds to the Condors’ lead over Energy Standard as they are seeking to become the first team to beat Standard in an ISL meet.

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Women’s 100 Breast

Lilly King remained perfect in the ISL with a breaststroke sweep on the weekend as she held off Energy Standard’s Benedetta Pilato and Condors teammate Molly Hannis. King swam with a 1:03.16 as she reached 15 additional points in jackpot points. King will be in the breaststroke skins at the end of the session.

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Men’s 100 Breast

Ilya Shymanovich of Energy Standard blasted a 56.13 in the 100 breast as he grabbed some points to try and get Energy within striking distance of the Cali Condors as Marco Koch of the Breakers was second and Felipe Lima of Energy was third.

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Mixed 4×100 Free

Energy Standard took the mixed free relay with a 3:16.22 with the team of Simonas BilisChad Le ClosSiobhan Haughey and Sarah Sjostrom (on her fifth swim).

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Women’s 400 IM

Melanie Margalis raced to a 4:25.48 in the 400 IM with a nice back half to win ahead of breakout star Abbie Wood of the Breakers and Condors teammate Hali Flickinger.

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Men’s 400 IM

Max Litchfield won the final individual event on the day in the 400 IM with a 4:04.50 as Energy Standard made a statement with Maxim Stupin placing third, while LA Current’s Jacob Heidtmann placing second.

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Women’s 50 Breaststroke SKINS

Lilly King nearly broke her own American record from yesterday with a 28.90 on round three as she and teammate Molly Hannis celebrated a boat load of points in the first non-freestyle Skins event.

Round One:

  1. Lilly King, Cali
  2. Benedetta Pilato, Energy
  3. Molly Hannis, Cali
  4. Imogen Clark, Energy
  5. *Emily Escobedo, Breakers
  6. *Sarah Vasey, Breakers
  7. *Julia Sebastian, Current
  8. *Abbey Weitzeil, Current

Round Two:

  1. Lilly King, Cali
  2. Molly Hannis, Cali
  3. *Benedetta Pilato, Energy
  4. *Imogen Clark, Energy

Round Three:

  1. Lilly King, Cali, 28.90
  2. Molly Hannis, Cali

Men’s 50 Backstroke SKINS

Ryan Murphy took the first backstroke skins event with a 23.88 on the final 50, winning with ease over Joe Litchfield of the New York Breakers.

Round One:

  1. Ryan Murphy, Current
  2. Justin Ress, Cali
  3. Coleman Stewart, Cali
  4. Joe Litchfield, Breakers
  5. *Evgeny Rylov, Energy
  6. *Matt Grevers, Energy
  7. *Tom Shields, Current
  8. *Michael Andrew, Breakers

Round Two:

  1. Ryan Murphy, Current
  2. Joe Litchfield, Breakers
  3. *Coleman Stewart, Cali
  4. *Justin Ress, Cali

Round Three:

  1. Ryan Murphy, Current, 23.88
  2. Joe Litchfield, Breakers


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    Men’s 200 fly 3rd Eddie Wang is from Taiwan

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