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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson Wins Twice For London Roar On Opening Day Of ISL Match Eight


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 18, 2021–In the eighth match of the International Swimming League’s third season, SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson opened with a win in the 50-meter breaststroke Saturday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

Atkinson, 32, five-time Jamaican Olympian, won in 29.47 ahead of Benedetta Pilato of Energy Standard in 29.51. Atkinson is the world short course record holder in the event (28.56). It was her seventh 50 breaststroke win.

Atkinson was also a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay that won in 3:48.04, just 1/100th of a second ahead of LA Current in 3:48.05. She was joined by teammates Kira Toussaint, Emma McKeon and Marie Wattel out-touching Abbey Weitzeil on the final leg.

London came up with 30 points winning the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:05.84 including a second leg split of 45.91 by Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago. Carter was also sixth in the 50-meter backstroke in 23.81.

After opening day action, ISL season one league champion Energy Standard leads with 282 points followed by the London Roar, 260, Tokyo Frog Kings, 182 and LA Current, 180. After three matches, Energy Standard is the only undefeated team in the league.

Second day action continues Sunday at noon-2 p.m. EST.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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ISL’s London Roar Wins Match Six; Atkinson Takes Third In Breaststroke


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 13, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson helped the London Roar knock off defending ISL champion Cali Condors Sunday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

On the second day of competition during Match Six, the five-time Jamaican Olympian was third in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.05. Lilly King of the Cali Condors won the event in 1:03.54 and Arianna Castiglioni of the Aqua Centurions was second in 1:03.90.

Atkinson, 32, was also a member of the winning 400-meter medley relay with Guilherme Guido, Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers in 3:35.57. Atkinson picked up another $3,700 in prize money.

London teammate Dylan Carter was second in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.42. Carter won $3,875.

Caeleb Dressel did not compete on the second day of competition. Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers returned to the London lineup which added some muscle.

Emma McKeon won the 100-meter freestyle in 51.47. London teammate Duncan Scott won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 46.53.

London Roar led the final team standings with 529.5 points followed by the Cali Condors with 478.5, Aqua Centurions with 379.5 and Tokyo Frog Kings with 376.5.

“We all came together,” said Roar Coach Ben Higson. “We race hard and we use each match as a stepping stone for the next match.”

The London Roar next competes on Sept. 18-19 against Energy Standard, LA Current and Tokyo Frog Kings.

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

Atkinson Takes Third, Fourth, Sixth In London Roar’s Sixth Match Of ISL Pro Series


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 11, 2021–SOFLO’s Alia Atkinson had three top six finishes in the ISL London Roar’s sixth match of the season Saturday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

The five-time Jamaican Olympian was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.11. Lilly King of the Cali Condors won in 2:16.83.

Atkinson was fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.82. Arianna Castiglioni of the Centurions won in 29.46. King was second in 29.62.

Atkinson salvaged the day with a third place finish on the 400-meter medley relay in 3:50.43 behind the Cali Condors and Aqua Centurions.

London teammate Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was a member of the winning 400-meter freestyle relay that won in 3:05.05.

After Day One, the London Roar is first with 277 points followed by reigning ISL champion Cali Condors with 263.5, Tokyo Frog Kings, 187.0 and Aqua Centurions, 181.5. Action will continue on Sunday with the same four teams.

Earlier in the week in the ISL’s fifth match of the season, Alberto Razzetti broke the oldest Italian short course record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:01.57. The Toronto Titans swimmer broke the previous record if 4:01.71 by Luca Marin at the 2006 European Championships.

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

SOFLO’s Atkinson Wins Again For London Roar On Day Two; Carter Finishes Third


By Sharon Robb
NAPLES, Italy, September 3, 2021–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won her second event in two days for the ISL’s London Roar Friday at Piscina Felice Scandone.

Atkinson, 32, of Jamaica, world short course record holder in the event, won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04.09. Evgenia Chikunova of Energy Standard was second in 1:04.86.

Atkinson went out in 29.98 and came home in 34.1. She was 1.1 seconds faster from a flat start than she had been on the medley relay (1:05.2). She had the only sub-30 in the field. It was her sixth pro career win in the event.

On Thursday, Atkinson won the breaststroke sprint event in 29.73, also for her sixth pro career 50 breaststroke win. She is ranked 21st in earnings with $5,450 after two days in her season three debut.

London Roar teammate and American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago was third in the 50-meter butterfly in 22.62 behind 41-year-old Nicholas Santos of Iron (22.18) and Ben Proud of Energy Standard (22.43). Carter has won $2,500.

After two days of competition among the four teams, Energy Standard finished with 640.5 points followed by London Roar, 436.5, Iron 405.5 and New York Breakers, 278.5.

The London Roar swims next on Sept. 11-12 against defending ISL champion Cali Condors with Caeleb Dressel, Tokyo Frog Kings and Aqua Centurions.

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