ISL Semi Final 2: Dressel Narrowly Misses World Record; Condors Lead Current After Day One

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ISL Semi Final 2: Condors & Current Renew Rivalry With Final Four Spots on Line

The second semi final of the International Swimming League continues from Budapest with the Cali Condors and LA Current renewed their rivalry on Sunday with spots in next week’s final four on the line. The Toronto Titans and Team Iron are also in this match and will look to spoil the party. The Condors have control of the women’s Skins tomorrow with a win in the medley relay as the team picked up big wins from Hali FlickingerOlivia SmoligaBeata NelsonTownley HaasLilly King and Molly Hannis.

Caeleb Dressel nearly broke the world record in the 50 free as he won that event and the 100 fly as the Condors lead after day one with the Current in tow.

The Current are within striking distance and are trying to be the first team to beat the Condors this season. Ryan Murphy and Beryl Gastaldello each broke ISL records on the day while Will Licon and Anastasia Gorbenko picked up wins to keep the team at bay.

ISL Semi Final 2 Team Scores:

  1. Cali Condors, 282
  2. LA Current, 255
  3. Iron, 173
  4. Toronto Titans, 171


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Women’s 100 Fly

LA’s Beryl Gastaldello got the day started with a 55.32 in winning the 100 fly, just holding off Cali’s Kelsi Dahlia (55.64) as Toronto’s Louise Hansson (56.14) was third. The time is the fastest time this season in the league and a new ISL record.

Men’s 100 Fly

Cali’s Caeleb Dressel did not breathe the entire last 25 of the 100 fly with aa 48.92 in winning the event over LA’s Tom Shields (49.01). Marcin Cieslak of the Condors finished in third at 49.54 as the Pol and former Florida Gator has been clutch all season for the Condors and is a big reason why their men’s team is so improved this season.

Women’s 200 Back

Beata Nelson used 12 kicks on her last wall to seal a 2:01.65 win from wire to wire in the 200 backstroke, taking down Toronto’s dynamic duo of Kylie Masse (2:02.59) and Lisa Bratton (2:03.46). Hali Flickinger finished in third at 2:02.99 to pick up extra points for the Condors.

Men’s 200 Back

Ryan Murphy smashed the ISL record with a 1:47.48 in the 200 backstroke to gather 19 total points, ahead of Cali’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:48.51), putting the Current three points down after 4 events. Toronto’s Cole Pratt (1:50.82) and Jay Lelliott (1:51.77) kept their points for third and fourth as Murphy took all the rest of the points for himself.

Women’s 200 Breast

Lilly King nearly avoided a big upset in the 200 breast as she picked up three additional points with a 2:16.79. Toronto’s Kelsey Wog was leading through 150 meters and ultimately finished in second with a 2:17.18. Toronto picked up extra points from Jocelyn Ulyett in third at 2:19.50.

Men’s 200 Breast

Sticking with the California theme today, LA’s Will Licon held off Anton McKee in the 200 breast with a 2:02.47 to McKee’s 2:02.61. It was a little upset as McKee had been a 2:01 this season. Licon and McKee graduated the same year with Licon taking three NCAA titles while at Texas and McKee finishing runner-up as a senior to Licon at Alabama. Third went to Toronto’s Erik Persson at 2:04.10.

Women’s 4×100 Free

The Cali Condors won the 4×100 free relay with a 3:28.52 with the quartet of Olivia Smoliga (51.89), Erika Brown (51.97), Allison Schmitt (52.54) and Natalie Hinds (52.12) holding off LA’s 3:28.72 with Andi Murez anchoring at 51.63. The Toronto Titans were third at 3:30.86.

ISL Semi Final 2 Team Scores at break one:

  1. Cali Condors, 99
  2. LA Current, 91
  3. Toronto Titans, 79
  4. Iron, 25

Men’s 50 Free

Caeleb Dressel narrowly broke his own world record with a 20.28 in the 50 free, just missing his 20.24 world record from last year. He picked up six extra points as Kristian Gkolomeev finished in second place at 20.80 with Cali’s Justin Ress in third at 20.97.

Women’s 50 Free

Iron’s Ranomi Kromowidjojo blasted a 23.37 to win the 50 freestyle for Iron’s first win of the day as she gave her team 17 total points to give them a huge boost on the day in ISL semi final 2. LA finished 2-3 with Abbey Weitzeil (23.57) and Beryl Gastaldello (23.66).

Men’s 200 IM

Iron picked up a back to back win with Leonardo Santos taking a wire to wire win at 1:52.06 with teammate Yakov Toumarkin in third at 1:53.17. LA’s Andrew Seliskar split the pair at 1:53.06.

Women’s 200 IM

Anastasia Gorbenko of the Current won a hard fought race in the 200 IM with a 2:06.68, running down Toronto’s Kelsey Wog (2:06.87) and Cali’s Beata Nelson (2:07.38).

Men’s 50 Breast

Iron grabbed its third win in four events with Emre Sakci winning the 50 breast at 25.54 as Cameron van der Burgh’s world record will last another day. He picked up 24 total points to bring Iron back within third place. LA’s Felipe Franca (26.02) and Anton McKee (26.49) were the only other swimmers to keep their points as the Current have taken the lead in the standings.

Women’s 50 Breast

Molly Hannis grabbed her second win of the day with a 29.24 over Lilly King’s 29.35. The Condors took the lead back after the Current passed them after the last race. Iron picked up third and fourth with Ida Hulkko (29.40) and Jenna Laukkanen (29.92), giving them enough points to pass Toronto for third place.

Men’s 4×100 Free

The LA Current took a much needed win in the men’s relay with a 3:04.78 as the quartet of Maxime Rooney (46.26), Tom Shields (46.05), Kristian Gkolomeev (45.76) and Dylan Carter (46.71) just holding off the Condors at 3:04.98 with Toronto in third at 3:05.80. Cali’s Caeleb Dressel closed in a 44.91 but it was not enough.

ISL Semi Final 2 Team Scores at break 2:

  1. Cali Condors, 180
  2. LA Current, 177
  3. Iron, 118
  4. Toronto Titans, 112

Women’s 50 Back

Olivia Smoliga took the 50 backstroke in convincing fashion with a 25.75, over 24 hours after Kira Toussaint broke the first world record of the season yesterday in this event. LA’s Beryl Gastaldello finished in second at 26.43 with Iron’s Melanie Henique in third (26.58). Smoliga picked up three extra points with her swim.

Men’s 50 Back

Ryan Murphy picked up his second win of the day with a jackpot win of 22.76, getting three extra points. He just held off Cali’s Coleman Stewart at 22.84 while Iron’s Guilherme Basseto was third at 22.93.

Women’s 400 Free

Hali Flickinger utilized a strong last 100 to win the 400 freestyle at 4:00.79 with teammate Haley Anderson finishing third at 4:01.70 while Toronto’s Anna Egorova was second at 4:01.25 and fellow Russian Veronika Andrusenko was fourth at 4:01.74. All eight swimmers kept their points.

Men’s 400 Free

In one of the best races of the day, Townley Haas took 10 points in the 400 freestyle with a 3:41.35, just out touching LA’s Fernando Scheffer (3:41.40). Cali picked up third with Eddie Wang (3:42.08) and LA finished in fourth with Jacob Heidtmann (3:42.10).

Women’s 4×100 Medley

The Cali Condors are in control of the Skins event tomorrow with another medley relay win at 3:48.09 as the quartet of Olivia Smoliga (56.11), Lilly King (1:04.26), Kelsi Dahlia (56.05) and Erika Brown (51.67) won over the LA Current (3:49.42) and Toronto Titans (3:50.14).

Men’s 4×100 Medley

The LA Current secured a thrilling win to close the session with a 3:20.61 in the medley relay in control of tomorrow’s Skins event. The Condors gave them a big push with 3:20.96 for second place but it was not enough. The team of Ryan Murphy (49.90), Felipe Franca (56.51), Tom Shields (48.14) and Maxime Rooney (46.06) just held off Cali’s team of Coleman Stewart (49.92), Nic Fink (56.76), Caeleb Dressel (48.92) and Justin Ress (45.36). Team Iron was third at 3:23.27.