ISL Match Two, Day One: Wattel, Kameneva, Diener Guide London Roar To Emphatic Lead

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Marie Wattel, Maria Kameneva and Christian Diener helped guide London Roar to a convincing lead at the end of the first day of their opening match in the International Swimming League in Budapest.

Diener won the men’s 50 and 200 backstroke – the former in a new national record of 22.76 as he cut 0.09 from Thomas Rupprath’s mark from the 2009 European Short-Course Championships in Istanbul, consigning another shiny-suit record to history.

Wattel took the win in the opening race of the session – the 100 fly – and also featured in Roar’s victorious 4x100m medley relay and 4×100 free teams.

Kameneva had a packed schedule that saw her anchor the women’s 4×100 medley relay to ensure Roar would have the pick of the strokes for Monday’s skins, a series of knockout races where the remaining two swimmers go head to head.

The Russian was also part of the winning 4×100 free team as well as placing second and third in the 50 back and 50 free respectively.

The impact of the jackpot times, which really played to the hands of Cali Condors in the opening match, was not as great on Sunday.

There are just 16 points separating second and fourth.



  1. London Roar 294
  2. Aqua Centurions 197
  3. Team Iron 194
  4. DC Trident 181

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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.


Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

Duncan Scott anchored London Roar to victory in 3:23.18 for a men’s and women’s medley relay double. It means they too will pick the stroke for the men’s skins races.

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay

London Roar 2 enjoyed the most emphatic of wins in 3:50.27 to ensure they will pick the stroke for Monday’s skins. Kira Toussaint led them off in 56.5, handing over to Alia Atkinson (1:03.8) and Marie Wattel extending the lead on fly (56.8) with Marie Kameneva bringing them home. DC Trident were second.

Men’s 400m Freestyle

Zane Grothe snatched victory in the last 25 in 3:39.79  following a second 200 of 1:50.3 for DC Trident. Mykhailo Romanchuk had appeared on course for the win but he had to be content with second with Aqua team-mate Luiz Altamir Melo third.

Women’s 400m Freestyle

Valentine Dumont negative split to win from lane eight in a new PB of 4:00.37 for Aqua Centurions. Veronika Andrusenko took second for Iron with Aimee Willmott of London Roar third.

Men’s 50m Backstroke

Christian Diener and Guilherme Guido took a one-two to secure 26pts for London Roar. Diener set a PB of 22.76 – a new national record – as he inflicted the first defeat on Guido in ISL with Iron’s Guilherme Basseto third.

Women’s 50m Backstroke

Linnea Mack executed a superb underwater to earn a surprise win for DC Trident ahead of Roar duo Kameneva and Toussaint.

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

Aqua Centurions enjoyed a dominant victory in 3:05.94 ahead of DC Trident and Iron with London Roar in fourth. It saw Roar’s lead cut by Iron with the London-based team winning 188 to 151.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke

Alia Atkinson led from start to finish to win for London Roar in 29.20. Ida Sulkko was second for Iron with Martina Carraro third for Aqua.

London Roar 174pts

Team Iron 131pts

Aqua Centurions

DC Trident 96pts

Men’s 50 Breaststroke

Emre Saki became the ninth-fastest man in history when the Iron swimmer touched for first in 25.74 ahead of Peaty in 26.06.

Women’s 200IM

Sydney Pickrem touched first for London Roar with Bailey Andison springing a shock for DC Trident in second as she held off Katinka Hosszu.

Men’s 200IM

Philip Heintz took over going into the final leg and extended his lead to take the win for Aqua Centurions. Team-mate Gabriel Santos was second.

Women’s 50 Freestyle

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (23.64) and Henique got an Iron one-two and put 28pts on the board as they took Aqua’s points. Kameneva got third for Roar who were already looking ominous.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Maxim Lobanovszkij touched first for Iron ahead of Szabo and Zach Apple.

Women’s 4×100 Freestyle

London Roar 2 led from gun to tape to win in 3:30.91 ahead of DC Trident, Team Iron and Aqua Centurions. The quartet of Marie Wattel, Siobhan O’Connor, Maria Kameneva and Anna Hopkin were dominant to pick up 18pts. London Roar forfeited their points in the jackpot.

It means that London Roar are comfortably ahead at the first break with just six points separating the remaining three teams.

London Roar 119pts

Aqua Centurions 58pts

DC Trident 57pts

Team Iron 52pts

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

Kirill Prigoda led from start to finish to take the win in 2:04.60 with his London Roar team-mate Adam Peaty coming back in the final 50 to snatch second. Thomas Cope of DC Trident was third.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Annie Lazor enjoyed an emphatic win for London Roar in 2:18.85 after overhauling Bethany Galat who led at halfway. The DC Trident swimmer took second with Sydney Pickrem third as Roar claimed 21pts with three swimmers forfeiting to Lazor.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Christian Diener and Luke Greenbank earned 15pts for Roar as they came first and third, the former stopping the clock at 1:49.51. Jacob Pebley picked up seven points for Trident in second.

Women’s 200 Backstroke 

Amy Bilquist led from start to finish to touch first in 2:02.23 and claim maximum points for DC Trident with Kira Toussaint on the board for London Roar in second and Daria Zevina third for Iron. Trident and Roar both earned 12 points.

Men’s 100 Fly

Szebasztian Szabo led home an Aqua Centurions one-two, winning in 49.93 ahead of Matteo Rivolta as the team earned 17pts.

Women’s 100 Fly

Marie Wattel took the first win of the afternoon with a dominant victory in 54.65. Melanie Henique led at halfway but the London Roar swimmer overhauled her on the third 25 with Emilie Beckmann of Iron and Tain Bruce of Aqua second and third respectively. Three swimmers forfeited their points to Wattel who earned her team 15pts.

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