The Cali Condors are in control heading into day 2 of the 2020 Worldwide Swimming League Grand Ultimate in Budapest, Hungary, and their star swimmer Caeleb Dressel is in command within the race for MVP.
After ending 2nd within the MVP race within the 2019 ISL season, even after lacking the Condors’ opening meet of the season. This 12 months, with a full schedule beneath his belt, Dressel is in runaway territory for the league MVP award and, barring one thing tragic, would be the season MVP and earn the $100,000 bonus that goes with that honor.
The battle for 2nd by way of 4th positions, nonetheless, is all the way down to the wire, with Ryan Murphy of the LA Present, Beryl Gastaldello of the LA Present, and Lilly King of the Cali Condors separated by simply .5 factors between them.
MVP Scoring By Day 1 of the ISL Grand Finale:
- 408.0 – Caeleb Dressel, CAC
- 318.0 – Ryan Murphy, LAC
- 318.0 – Beryl Gastaldello, LAC
- 317.5 – Lilly King, CAC
- 281.0 – Sarah Sjostrom, ENS
- 259.0 – Olivia Smoliga, CAC
- 231.5 – Emre Sakci, IRO
- 229.5 – Tom Shields, LAC
- 228.0 – Siobhan Haughey, ENS
- 226.0 – Chad le Clos, ENS
- 207.0 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo, IRO
- 201.25 – Hali Flickinger, CAC
- 194.0 – Ilya Shymanovich, ENS
- 180.0 – Szebastian Szabo, IRO
- 176.0 – Beata Nelson, CAC
Reminder: Sjostrom missed a daily season match with a again harm.
The runner-up for MVP will earn $80,000, the Third-place finisher will win $60,000, and the 4th place finisher will win $50,000.
With breaststroke being the selection for each ‘skins’ races, King appears to be like like she’s received the higher hand right here. The winner of 4 ‘skins’ occasions this season already, she’s favored in Sunday’s finale, even when she hasn’t been as invincible these days as normal.
She additionally has the 100 breaststroke remaining, which, primarily based on relay splits, she’ll be favored in – with the variety of Jackpots remaining a variable there.
Murphy will most likely have 2 races on his schedule, the 100 again, the place he’s most likely the favourite after profitable the 50 and never profitable the 200; and the combined medley relay, the place he’ll most likely be used with no ‘skins’ race to avoid wasting his vitality for.
Gastaldello, in the meantime, has three doubtless races: the 100 IM and 50 fly individually, and the combined 400 free relay. She received each the 100 IM and 50 fly within the semi-finals, and has been among the best in these races all season.
On Saturday, she had combined outcomes, profitable the 100 fly opener in an upset over Sarah Sjostrom, however then ending simply sixth within the 50 free and 4th within the 50 again.
If King repeats her day 2 efficiency from the semi-finals, profitable the 100 breaststroke for 10 factors and scoring 38 factors within the ‘skins’ race (that are halved for MVP functions), that comes out to 29 factors on her complete.
That’s not insurmountable. If Murphy scores 10 factors by profitable the 100 again, like he did within the semifinals, and the LA Present win the combined 400 free relay, although they’re not favored, he would choose up 14.5 factors. Even with a couple of extra Jackpot factors in these wins, that’s most likely not doable.
For Gastaldello, nonetheless, it’s extra believable. On day 2 of the semifinals, she picked up 19 factors within the 100 IM and 12 factors within the 50 fly. A few of these Jackpot alternatives (Cali’s #2 100 IMer, London’s #2 IMer) within the 100 IM survived, although none superior within the 50 fly.
So if she picks up 1 Jackpot within the 50 fly, and a couple of within the 100 IM, that might give her 22 factors. A combined free relay win with no Jackpots would convey her as much as 26.5.
In comparison with King’s 29 day 2 projected factors, that’s nonetheless not fairly sufficient, even with Gastaldello’s half-point lead coming in.
However, it’s inside attain. If King loses a type of projected Jackpots, or Gastaldello picks up one other from the conservative projection, then Gastaldello may beat out King for #2.
Gastaldello and King don’t have any head-to-head battles on the day, nor do King and Murphy or Gastaldello and Murphy, however the battle-within-the-battle nonetheless rages on for lots of money.