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Get Prepared For ISL Match 3: Debut of Tokyo Frog Kings and Toronto Titans


2020 Worldwide Swimming League – Match #3

  • Saturday, October 24: 11AM-1PM Native Time (6AM-8AM U.S. Jap Time, 6PM-8PM J+1 Japan)
  • Sunday, October 25: 5PM-7PM Native Time (12 noon-2PM U.S. Jap Time, 12AM-2AM J+1 Japan)
  • Duna Enviornment – Budapest, Hungary
  • Quick Course Meters (SCM) format
  • 2020 ISL Scoring Format
  • 2020 ISL Prize Money and Bonuses
  • Groups: Aqua Centurions, Tokyo Frog Kings, LA Present, Toronto Titans

1. Debut of Tokyo Frog Kings and Toronto Titans

The two model new ISL groups, Tokyo Frog Kings and the Toronto Titans, will hit the water for the primary time on Saturday. They are going to be going head-to-head with 2 groups who’ve already gotten their ft moist in Budapest, LA Present and the Aqua Centurions.

Regardless of the Frog Kings’ loss of last year’s 200 fly, 200IM,  and 400IM Las Vegas finale champion Daiya Seto, they’re nonetheless a part of the highest contenders within the IM occasions now that Tomoru Honda, who has the sixth quickest all-time 400IM time in Japan, has replaced Seto

Kosuke Hagino additionally appears to be like to attain main factors for the Frog Kings within the IM occasions, as he positioned 2nd behind Chase Kalisz within the 400IM on the 2018 Pan Pacific Video games forward of Seto. On the similar meet, he claimed bronze within the 200IM. Phillip Heintz (AQC) had an outstanding ISL debut, profitable the 200IM final weekend by practically 1 second (1:52.78). We would see them race Jacob Heidtmann (LAC) who snagged second place within the 400IM throughout match 1 (4:05.28).

The Frog Kings even have the 100IM coated with Vladimir Morozov, the world-record holder within the occasion.

Yui Ohashi (TOK) is without doubt one of the high contenders within the ladies’s IM races. Finally 12 months’s World Championships she earned bronze within the 400IM. With no LA Present or Aqua Centurion ladies among the many high 400 IM finishers throughout ISL week 1, Ohashi could also be arrange for a major win, garnering some jackpot factors for the Frog Kings.

The Toronto Titans are prone to begin off robust within the fly occasions with Swedish Olympian and up to date College of Southern California grad Louise Hansson. At her last PAC-12 Championships in 2019 she received each the 100 and 200 fly, setting the NCAA file within the 100. 

Suzuka Hasegawa (TOK) appears to be Hansson’s largest competitors within the 200 fly. Her lifetime finest 200SCM fly, 2:02.96, would have made her final season’s ISL champion by greater than 2 seconds. Nobody has swam sooner than Hali Flickinger’s (CAC) 2:05.15 200 fly this season.

The Titan’s even have stellar mid-distance free males Aleksandr Krasnykh and Blake Pieroni seeking to rating main factors within the 200 and 400 free. They are going to be racing Mykhaylo Romanchuk (AQC) who positioned 2nd final weekend within the 400 free.

2. Dash Freestyle: Who Will Resolve the Skins?

Morozov is without doubt one of the Tokyo Frog King’s star sprinters. He’s certain to have a big impact on the lads’s 50’s and 100’s of all strokes. His teammate Bradley Tandy can be ranked extremely within the males’s 50 free.

Morozov might give the Frog Kings an edge particularly within the Four x 100 free relay the place they may go head-to-head with each victors of the Four x 100 free relay up to now. The Aqua Centurion males received match 2 (3:05.94) whereas LA Present received match 1 (3:06.18).

One attainable weak spot right here for the Frog Kings is the troublesome occasion lineup for Morozov, as he has reportedly solely been coaching for the previous month as a result of pandemic. Day 2, relying on which strokes he competes in, may very well be a problem at the least with the 100 free, 100IM, and the skins race.

Beryl Gastaldello already scored main factors for LA Present in match 1 by snagging 2nd within the 50 free and third within the 100 free. Abbey Weitzeil (LAC) scored a stable quantity of factors with a fifth place end within the 50 free and 100IM, whereas foregoing the 100 free. The group’s  Four x 100 free relay of Weitzeil, Gastellado, Katie McLaughlin, and Andi Murez snagged 2nd place behind Vitality Normal. Gastellado’s leg (51.54) was the quickest on the relay by .46 seconds. As they go up towards such stroke-specialized groups, they might have this race within the bag. In match 2, the Aqua Centurions took 4th place, about Four seconds slower than LA Present’s time (3:29.66).

3. Who Will Problem the Occasion Champions From Week 1?

In match 1 Tom Shields (LAC) received shut races in each the 100 fly (49.58) and 200 fly (1:50.43). This season he would have needed to race Seto, however Seto has been changed by Honda who received silver within the 200 fly on the 2019 World Junior Championships. Final weekend on the Japan Quick Course Championships, Honda swam a 200scm fly in a time of 1:52.75. Aqua Centurions’ Szebasztian Szabo and Matteo Rivolta positioned 1st and 2nd within the 100 fly (49.93 and 50.01) at match 2, so we will count on them to be within the race as effectively. However, all of them must be careful for Hagino (TOK) within the 200 fly.

Gastellado (LAC) had an ISL record-setting win within the 50 fly (24.75) throughout match 1. Her ISL file has since been damaged by Iron’s Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.74), but it surely was nonetheless an unbelievable swim. Gastellado appeared fairly untouchable within the occasion by the opposite groups, will she have challengers in match 3?

Aqua Centurion’s had a victory within the 400 free when Valentine Dumont touched the wall at 4:00.37. On Saturday, we might get to see Dumont face-off with Leah Smith (TOK) within the 400 free. Smith’s efficiency within the 400 free finally 12 months’s World Championships ranked her third on the earth final season behind Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and world-record-holder Katie Ledecky.

4. Stroke Showdowns: Backstroke and Breastroke

The backstrokers are a significant supply of potential factors for the Toronto Titans within the ISL. Kylie Masse and Lisa Bratton are among the many high contenders within the ladies’s backstroke occasions this weekend. Masse received the 100 again on the 2019 World Championships and should defend her title this weekend. There, she additionally received bronze within the 200 again. Bratton specializes extra within the 200 again, the occasion she made U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 at age 16. On the 2019 World College Video games, Bratton took 1st within the 200 again. 

LA Present’s Ryan Murphy positioned 2nd in 200 again and received the 100 again In ISL Match 1, ending the match with a formidable 58 jackpot level win within the 50 again skins race. Murphy would possibly discover some barely tighter races with Toronto Titans Shane Ryan and Cole Pratt

The Tokyo Frog Kings and Aqua Centurions might have nice head-to-head races within the ladies’s breastroke occasions. Dash breastrokers Martina Carraro and Arianna Castiglioni positioned 1st and 2nd respectively within the 100 breaststroke, gaining factors for the Centurions in match 2. Carraro additionally positioned third within the 50 breast and 4th within the 200. They’ll doubtless compete towards Miho Teramura (TOK) who took silver within the 100 breaststroke on the 2019 World Cup.

5. Jackpot Factors, Outcomes Want Context

In week 1 of the ISL we noticed 2 matches. Within the 1st match, NY Breakers appeared to lose considerably to the Cali Condors attributable to spectacular, mega jackpot point-winning swims. Match 2, received by London Roar, additionally seemed to be an equally quick match. If we rank groups general by their factors scores of their respective matches, London Roar is 1st and NY Breakers sits finally place in eighth. 

Nevertheless, if we switch the day 1 performances of London Roar to match 1 and those of the NY Breakers to match 2, the NY Breakers would have really positioned third general out of all eight groups and Roar would have positioned seventh. This reminds viewers to maintain enthusiastic about the ends in the context that there are 10 groups, and a few matches might have stronger fields than others.

Jackpot factors will proceed to have nice results on match 3, as groups will “jackpot” or steal factors in the event that they win a race by a big margin, if different swimmers don’t meet the cut-off time, or if one other group has a DQ, DNS, or DNF race.