Energy Standard Captures Second International Swimming League Title


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, December 4, 2021—Energy Standard knocked off defending champion Cali Condors to win its second International Swimming League title in three years Saturday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

Energy Standard, 19-point leaders after the opening day, clinched the title with 534 points. Cali Condors were runner-up with 522 followed by London Roar with 393.5 and LA Current with 305.5.

SOFLO five-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of London Roar was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.85. Cali Condors’ Lilly King won in 1:03.75. It was King’s 18th ISL win in her specialty event.

London teammate Dylan Carter, two-time Olympian for Trinidad & Tobago, was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 46.45. He split 23.89 on the back half. He was also third in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.36.

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard was selected the ISL MVP for the second time in three years. She was also the championship finals MVP. The Swedish Olympian won $120,000 in MVP prize money ($100,000 for the season and $20,000 for the finals). She scored 61 points in the match and 511.5 points for the entire season.

Other winners were:
Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard became the first woman to break 51 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle, winning in 50.79, an Asian and ISL record. Teammate Sarah Sjostrom was second in 51.26.

Kyle Chalmers of London Roar came from behind to win the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 45.73.

Hali Flickinger of Cali Condors won the 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.73. She also won the 400 individual medley in 4:29.92.

Teppei Morimoto of London Roar won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.44 just ahead of Chad Le Clos of Energy Standard in 1:50.97.

Ingrid Wilm of LA Current won the 100-meter backstroke in 55.73.

Evgeny Rylov of Energy Standard won the 100-meter backstroke in 48.94.

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard won the 100-meter individual medley in 57.46, fastest time of the season.

Caeleb Dressel of Cali Condors won the 100-meter individual medley in 50.74.

Cali Condors’ Nic Fink won the 100-meter breaststroke in 55.56 breaking his own American short course record by 6/10ths of a second.

Kelsi Dahlia of Cali Condors won the 50-meter butterfly in 24.86.

Ben Proud of Energy Standard won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.18 ahead of LA Current’s Tom Shields in 22.27.

Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.04.

Townley Haas of Cali Condors won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.18.

Energy Standard won the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay in an ISL record 3:30.94 with Evgeny Rylov, Ilya Shymanovich, Anastasiya Shkurdai and Sarah Sjostrom. It is an unofficial world record since FINA does not keep world records for short course mixed medley relays.

Duncan Scott of London Roar won the men’s 400 individual medley in 4:03.24.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins; Energy Standard, Cali Condors Will Battle It Out For ISL Title


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, December 3, 2021—Going into the final day of the International Swimming League championship finals, it looks like defending champion Cali Condors and 2019 champion Energy Standard will battle it out for the title.

After opening day competition on Friday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion, Energy Standard leads with 271 points followed by the Cali Condors with 250, London Roar with 206 and LA Current with 171.

SOFLO’s five-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson of London Roar won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.15 ahead of Lilly King in 29.44. It tied the fastest swim (by King) this season.

London teammate Dylan Carter, two-time Olympian for Trinidad & Tobago, was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.15.

Adam Peaty (pay issues) and Kira Toussaint (health issues) not competing hurt London’s chance of being in the hunt for the title.

A costly mistake caused the Cali Condors to get disqualified in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay with the Energy Standard winning and picking up big points. The relay was disqualified after King had a one-hand touch during the third turn of her breaststroke leg.

The Cali Condors men’s 400-meter medley relay bounced back with a win in an American record of 3:19.64 with Coleman Stewart, Nic Fink, Caeleb Dressel and Justin Ress.

Other winners were:
Former UM swimmer Kelsi Dahlia of Cali Condors won the 100-meter butterfly breaking the short course world record in 54.59. The previous record was 54.61 set by Sarah Sjostrom in 2014.

Tom Shields of LA Current won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.03, finishing ahead of well-rested Caeleb Dressel of Cali Condors in 49.23 and Chad Le Clos of Energy Standard in 49.54.

Beata Nelson of Cali Condors won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.33.

Evgeny Rylov of Energy Standard won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:47.88 ahead of Ryan Murphy in 1:48.12.

Lilly King of Cali Condors won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:17.06.

Nic Fink of Cali Condors won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.41. He also won the 50-meter breaststroke in an American record 25.72.

Ben Proud of Energy Standard won the 50-meter freestyle in 20.40 ahead of Kyle Chalmers of the London Roar in 20.96. It was the fastest 50 freestyle in British history.

Sarah Sjostrom of Energy Standard won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.27.

Duncan Scott of London Roar won the 200-meter individual medley in a British record 1:51.53.

Sydney Pickrem of London Roar won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.79.

Ingrid Wilm of LA Current won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.24.

Ryan Murphy of LA Current won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.56.

Siobhan Haughey of Energy Standard won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:58.80.

Tom Dean of London Roar won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:40.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins, London Roar Advances Into ISL Final Four


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 26, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won her final individual event of the ISL’s Match 5 playoff Friday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian won the 100-meter breaststroke easily in 1:04.38 as the London Roar clinched a berth in the Final Four.

London teammate and two-time Olympian Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was second in the 100-meter freestyle in 46.47 just 24/100ths behind teammate Kyle Chalmers. He was also third in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.27. Carter led early but Tom Shields and Ben Proud reeled him in for the final meters.

Carter and Atkinson were relay members of the third place 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in 3:17.17 with Vini Lanza and Freya Anderson.

With a second-place finish in Match 5, London Roar clinched one of the four spots in the ISL championship.

Energy Standard won the four-team match with 561.5 points followed by the Roar with 498.5, LA Current with 415.5 and DC Trident with 289.5, ending its season.

Energy Standard’s Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus won the Match MVP honors with two jackpot wins for 30 points in the men’s 50- and 100-meter breaststroke. For the second time in two weeks, he broke his world short course record in the 100 breaststroke in 55.28.

Match 6, featuring Cali Condors, Toronto Titans, Aqua Centurions and Iron is Saturday and Sunday and will determine the final two teams.

Caleb Dressel will sit out the playoff match to rest for the final. The defending champion Cali Condors are heavy favorites to make the Final Four.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Twice, London Roar Takes Early Lead In ISL Fifth Playoff Match


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 25, 2021–Alia Atkinson of the London Roar won the 50-meter breaststroke to highlight International Swimming League Match 5 playoff opening day action Thursday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s five-time Jamaican Olympian won in 29.19 and picked up a 19-point jackpot. She was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:47.48 along with Kira Toussaint, Marie Wattel and Emma McKeon.

Atkinson was also sixth in the 100-meter butterfly in 57.32.

London teammate Dylan Carter was fourth in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.14. London teammate Kyle Chalmers won in 20.82. Carter led off the winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay that won in 3:04.47 with Zac Incerti, Duncan Scott and Chalmers.

American Ryan Murphy of the LA Current broke the American and ISL record in the 50-meter backstroke in 22.53, shaving 0.01 off his previous records. Murphy also won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.10.

After Day One, the London Roar leads with 280 points followed by Energy Standard, 264, LA Current, 221.5 and DC Trident, 141.5.

This is the final semifinal weekend where four teams will be eliminated to get down to four for the final match.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Two Seconds In Showdown With Lilly King; London Roar Wins Big


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 21, 2021-South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson had two second place finishes as her London Roar team knocked off ISL defending champion Cali Condors for a big playoff win Sunday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

The Roar won the two-day match with 534.5 points followed by the Condors with 474.5, LA Current with 438.5 and Iron with 327.5. There have been four different match winners so far in the playoffs.

In a much-anticipated showdown, Atkinson, 32, a five-time Jamaican Olympian, was second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.11 behind Lilly King in 1:03.35. King remains undefeated in the event this season.

On Day One, London won eight events including two relays to build a 49.5-point lead and set them up nicely headed into Day Two, 287.5-238.

Atkinson, the world short course record holder, was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54 behind King in 29.36.

Atkinson was a member of the Roar’s winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:46.28 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Marie Wattel and Emma McKeon.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobao was third in the 100-meter freestyle in 46.64. Carter also led off the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished in 3:36.13. He tied for fifth in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.09. He anchored the Roar’s 4×100-meter men’s medley relay that finished second in 3:23.23. Carter led off the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay that finished third in 3:36.13.

Caeleb Dressel returned to ISL competition but is easing himself back into racing. He was third in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.04. He also swam two relays. On Day Two, he won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.67.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins On Day Two Of London Roar’s ISL Playoffs; Dylan Carter Breaks National Record


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 15, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson of the London Roar won the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

Atkinson, 32, won the event in 1:03.58. London teammate Annie Lazor was third.

Atkinson just missed winning the 50-meter breaststroke women’s skins event. Anastasia Gorbenko of Israel, swimming in the event for the first time this season, won in 29.53, .03 seconds ahead of Atkinson, picking up key points for the LA Current’s rally.

On Saturday, the five-time Jamaican Olympian was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54. Imogen Clark of the LA Current won in 29.32, a new British national record, for her second win of the season.

Atkinson was a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:47.17 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Marie Wattel and Emma McKeon. Atkinson’s breaststroke split was 1:04.21.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.52, tying Matteo Rivolta of Aqua Centurions. In the men’s butterfly skins event’s first round, Carter finished ahead of Tom Shields in a national record 22.25. Shields finished in 22.46.

LA Current overtook early leader London Roar after Day Two with 506 points. The Roar was second with 494.5 followed by the Toronto Titans, 398.5 and Aqua Centurions, 357. The Roar resumes competing in the playoffs on Nov. 20-21.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes First, Second On Day One Of London Roar’s ISL Playoff Opener


By Sharon Robb
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, November 13, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson returned to International Swimming League action Saturday at Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion.

In the second match of the International Swimming League playoffs, Atkinson took a first and second in her events as the Roar dominated the match.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian was second in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.54. Imogen Clark of the LA Current won in 29.32, a new British national record, for her second win of the season.

Atkinson was a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:47.17 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Marie Wattel and Emma McKeon. Atkinson’s breaststroke split was 1:04.21.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.11. Carter also anchored London’s winning 4×100-meter freestyle relay with a 45.80 split to win in 3:05.43.

Other London winners were: Emma McKeon, 100-meter butterfly, 55.57; Annie Lazor, 200-meter breaststroke, 2:19.01; women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, 3:28.04; Kyle Chalmers, 50-meter freestyle 21.10; Sydney Pickrem, 200-meter individual medley, 2:06.46; men’s 4×100 freestyle relay; and Kira Toussaint, 50-meter backstroke 25.91.

After missing the regular season, Ryan Murphy returned to the LA Current lineup to make his post-Olympic debut. He won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:48.43, the fastest time in the event this season. Murphy also won the 50-meter backstroke in 22.79. He was a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:23.58.

After Day One, London took the lead with 280.5 points followed by LA Current, 246, Toronto Titans, 231.5 and Aqua Centurions, 138. Second day action continues on Sunday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Atkinson Takes First, Second In London Roar’s Regular Season Finale; Next Up Eight-Team Playoffs


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 24, 2021–SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson of the London Roar took first and second on Day Two of the ISL’s Match Nine Friday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.09 in her team’s regular season finale.

Atkinson led the entire race, leading by 0.83 at the midway mark. It was her eighth win in the event. Evgenia Chikunova was second in 1:04.82.

Atkinson was also a member of the second-place 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:36.34 with teammates Luke Greenbank, Emma McKeon and Kyle Chambers.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was third in the 50-meter butterfly in a national record 22.36.

Energy Standard won with 568 points to finish the regular season undefeated. London Roar was second with 457.5 followed by the Toronto Titans, 380.5; and DC Trident, 357.

Energy Standard, London and Toronto advanced into the playoffs and join defending champion Cali Condors and LA Current automatically qualified for the eight-team playoffs in Eindhoven.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com.

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins On Opening Day Of ISL London Roar’s Match Nine


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 23, 2021–London Roar’s Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club won on opening day of the ISL’s Match Nine Thursday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.48 and picked up 19 points for her team. Atkinson holds the world short course record in the event (28.56). Benedetta Pilato of Energy Standard was second in 30.13 among a lackluster field.

Atkinson was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay that won in 3:48.58 with teammates Kira Toussaint, Emma McKeon and Freya Anderson.

London won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:06.50 with American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago swimming second leg. He also anchored London’s second place men’s 4×100-meter medley relay (3:22.93).

During the match, Evgeniia Chikunova, 16, of Energy Standard set a world junior record in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.57. She bettered her old record of 2:17.71 set in 2019 by 0.14 seconds.

It is the second consecutive International Swimming League head-to-head match for Energy Standard and the London Roar, two of the top teams in the league since its inception.

After opening day action, Energy Standard leads with 300.5 points followed by London, 227, DC Trident, 193 and Toronto Titans, 185.5.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com.

SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Takes Third Win, Carter Wins First ISL Event For London Roar; Energy Standard Wins Match


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 19, 2021—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson walked away with three wins in two days after the ISL’s season three Match Eight Sunday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

Atkinson, 32, a five-time Jamaican Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.93 ahead of Kanako Watanabe of Tokyo Frog Kings in 1:04.70 and a slow field. Atkinson had the only sub-1:04.

London teammate Dylan Carter, an American Heritage alum from Trinidad & Tobago, won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.40 and picked up 10 points.

Energy Standard’s team of Evgeny Rylov, Ilya Shymanovich, Anastasia Shkurdai and Sarah Sjostrom shattered the league record for the mixed 400-meter medley relay by nearly two seconds in 3:31.96 and picked up 38 points. The previous record was 3:33.81 by the LA Current earlier this season.

Atkinson was also a member of the runner-up 400-meter medley relay that finished in 3:34.53 with teammates Guilherme Guido, Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers.

The Energy Standard, leading after Day One, hung on to take the match with 507 points. London was second with 486.5, LA Current, 395.5 and Tokyo Frog Kings, 379.

The London Roar will next compete on Sept. 23-24 in Match 9 and 10 against Energy Standard, Toronto Titans and DC Trident.

In other ISL news, two-time Olympian Madi Wilson of LA Current dropped out of Match 8 after testing positive for COVID-19. She was vaccinated before the Tokyo Olympics. She made the announcement on social media from her Naples hospital bed.

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of the defending champions Cali Condors has decided to sit out the remainder of the ISL regular season. According to a team spokesperson, he has not been feeling well and has decided to rest for the playoffs. There are only two matches left in the regular season and play-in match. The Cali Condors and LA Current have already earned spots in the playoffs.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com