ISL Match 7: Without Caeleb Dressel, Cali Condors Face Upstart Toronto Titans in Showdown

Blake Pieroni (photo: Mike Lewis)
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Caeleb Dressel has announced he will sit out the rest of the International Swimming League (ISL) regular season, but the Cali Condors continue their march toward a repeat championship this week with Match 7 of the ISL season.

Match 7 will see the Cali Condors face Team Iron, the New York Breakers and Toronto Titans. The match is Thursday-Friday, starting at 2 p.m. ET (20:00 CET, 11 a.m. PT, 3 p.m. JST).

The Condors dominated Match 4 with Dressel. Without Dressel on the second day of March 6, the Condors were overtaken by the London Roar in Match six. London scored 529.5 to finish ahead of the Condors (478.5).


The Condors scored some big points in the meet, led by Lilly King in the breaststroke events.

The Condors saw Kelsi Dahlia and Katerine Savard go 1-2 in the 200 butterfly in the last match. Dahlia repeated in the fly events by going 2:04.75 and stealing a London point in the jackpot. Savard was second in 2:06.43. Beata Nelson, who got the win in the 100 IM in 57.99 seconds and tallied a tidy 12 jackpot points. Meanwhile, Erika Brown won the 200 freestyle.

The Condors are ranked No. 1 in the ISL team rankings with 11 points through three matches, though not every team has competed in three matches yet. The Titans have seven team rating points through two matches, including a match victory. Team Iron is eighth with there points through two matches and the New York Breakers are 10th with two points through two matches.

So it would seem like even without Dressel it could be an easy ISL win for the Condors, but the Titans have been surprising this season.

During Match 5, the Toronto Titans won four relays and showed some impressive depth to lead throughout before Louise Hansson won butterfly skins to nail down the victory. Toronto upset the LA Current, a team that had challenged the reigning league champion Cali Condors in their previous match. Lisa Bratton, Kasia Wasick, Shane Ryan, Fabian Schwingenschlogl and impressive 15-year-old Summer McIntosh were among the individual event winners for Toronto in the match.