ISL Grand Final, Day 2 Session 1 Live: Smoliga Smashes American Record; Dressel Puts Condors Way in Front

Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

ISL Grand Final, Day 2 Session 1 Live: Can Cali Condors Grab Title?

The ISL Grand Budapest Final is here as the same four teams from last year – Energy Standard, London Roar, Cali Condors and LA Current are vying for the team title in 2020. The Cali Condors are out to the lead after day one thanks to three world records from Caeleb Dressel (x2) and the women’s 4×100 medley relay team.

The Condors selected breaststroke for the women’s Skins event while the Energy Standard men, winners of the medley relay in an unofficial world record, selected breaststroke as well for the men’s Skins.


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How they got here

ISL Grand Final Team Scores

  1. Cali Condors 561.5
  2. Energy Standard 464.5
  3. London Roar 391
  4. LA Current 298

Women’s 100 Free

ISL record: 50.94, Siobhan Haughey, Energy Standard

Beryl Gastaldello of the LA Current snuck in for the 100 free win to start off day two of the ISL grand final with a 51.38, just out-touching Energy Standard’s Siobhan Haughey (51.40) and Current teammate Abbey Weitzeil (51.42). London’s Freya Anderson was closing late but finished fourth at 51.43 while Energy’s Femke Heemskerk was fifth at 51.67.

Men’s 100 Free

ISL record: 45.18, Caeleb Dressel, Cali Condors

The men’s 100 free world record lasts another day as Caeleb Dressel swam a 45.08 to tie the overall American record of Nathan Adrian from 2009, as Amaury Leveaux’s 44.94, one of the oldest SCM records on the books, stands another day. Energy’s Florent Manaudou took it out ahead of Dressel at the 50 but hurt badly coming home, finishing second at 46.07 while teammate Evgeny Rylov finished in third at 46.27. Cali’s Justin Ress was fourth at 46.32 as the Condors’ lead has shrunk after two events. The Condors now lead Energy by 22.5 points.

The time for Dressel is a new league record, taking down his own from last night’s free relay.

Women’s 200 Fly

ISL record: 2:03.12, Suzuka Hasegawa, Tokyo Frog Kings

Hali Flickinger sailed to a win in the 200 fly with a 2:03.35 as she led a huge 1-2 finish with Kelsi Dahlia (2:05.39) to give the Condors a big push to a league title at the end of the session. Energy picked up third and fourth to stop the bleeding with Mary-Sophie Harvey (2:05.68) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:06.46) as the Condors have extended their lead to over 30 points.

Flickinger picked up three extra points via the jackpot rule.

Men’s 200 Fly

ISL record: 1:48.77, Daiya Seto, Energy Standard

Chad Le Clos came up huge for Energy Standard and showed why he is one of the best racers in the world, running down LA’s Tom Shields in the final 25 as Le Clos won at 1:48.57 thanks to a 27.82 final 50. Shields was second with a new American record at 1:48.66 but closed in 28.58 and couldn’t hold off Le Clos. Third went to Cali’s Eddie Wang (1:50.77) as Energy closed two points on the Condors.

Lost in the shuffle, Le Clos took down Daiya Seto’s league record set last year at 1:48.77 as Seto still holds the world record at 1:48.24 from 2018.

Women’s 100 Back

ISL record: 54.89, Minna Atherton, London Roar

Olivia Smoliga screamed her way to a new American record of 55.04 to give the Condors some more momentum on day two of the ISL Grand Final, as she got within a couple tenths of the world record set last year in the ISL by Minna Atherton. She was hardly challenged by London’s Kira Toussaint (55.94) and Energy’s Emily Seebohm (56.13) as Smoliga picked up six extra points via the jackpot rule.

Men’s 100 Back

ISL record: 48.58, Kliment Kolesnikov, Energy Standard

Energy’s Kliment Kolesnikov was shot out of a cannon the second 50 of the 100 back as he flipped in fourth place at the halfway point and seemed almost out of it as LA’s Ryan Murphy held a strong lead. But Kolesnikov split a 24.84 on the second 50 and touched at 48.82, not far off his world record from yesterday at 48.58. Murphy was second at 49.29 while Cali’s Coleman Stewart had a good swim in finishing third at 49.62.

Women’s 100 IM

ISL record: 57.43, Beryl Gastaldello, LA Current

Beryl Gastaldello broke her own ISL record in the 100 IM with a 57.30 to keep the Current in the ISL grand final as she won ahead of Energy’s Anastasiya Shkurdai (57.59). Energy elected to pull Sarah Sjostrom out of the 100 free to try to maximize the points here in the 100 IM, but she finished in seventh off the pace at 58.52. LA’s Anastasia Gorbenko finished in third place at 57.91.

Men’s 100 IM

ISL record: 49.88, Caeleb Dressel, Cali Condors

Caeleb Dressel unleashed perhaps the best swim of the season with a 49.28 to absolutely destroy the world record in the 100 IM. It was his own world record that he broke from earlier this season as he went 1-2 with Marcin Cieslak (51.17) and with the jackpot rule, Cieslak was the only swimmer to keep his points so all 37 points went to the Condors. There is still a lot of swimming left, but that 100 IM may have been the dagger for the Condors to win the title.

ISL Grand Final Team Scores

  1. Cali Condors 384
  2. Energy Standard 314.5
  3. London Roar 240.5
  4. LA Current 240

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