International Swimming League Season 2 Match 1
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Joe Litchfield and Abbie Wood were among the standout British performers on the opening day. No fewer than 12 Brits were involved on an afternoon that ended with Cali Condors in the lead at the halfway stage of qualifying match one.
Litchfield was in action in three separate individual events in the Duna Arena’s short-course pool, with his best result coming in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. The National Centre Loughborough man finished third for the Breakers, with brother and Energy Standard rival Max Litchfield coming fifth and Mark Szaranek (Cali Condors) seventh. Versatile Joe also contested the 100m Butterfly and the 50m Backstroke.
The British swim of the day came in the same category, as Wood (New York Breakers) secured a valuable seven points for her franchise by finishing second in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley on her return to competition.
After going out early with world-class Melanie Margalis, the Dave Hemmings-coached swimmer held on well for a comfortable second place in a strong field.
Her National Centre teammate Molly Renshaw had earlier placed third in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke, in another solid swim for the New York-based Breakers.
In the shorter 50m Breaststroke contest, Imogen Clark (Energy Standard) and Sarah Vasey (New York Breakers) claimed fourth and sixth-place finishes respectively.
Triple World Championships medallist James Wilby was fifth in the Men’s race. Wilby was earlier sixth in the 200m version.
Among the other British competitors on the opening day in Hungary were World-medallist Georgia Davies – who finished fourth in the Women’s 50m Backstroke for Energy Standard.
Matt Richards (New York Breakers) was a sixth-place finisher in the frantic Men’s 50m Freestyle, a few months after his move to the National Centre in Bath. Ben Proud was eighth in that race.
Joe Litchfield raced three individual events on the opening day of ISL 2020. Medley specialist Max Litchfield was fifth for Energy Standard in the Men’s 400m Freestyle, while Chloe Golding placed sixth in the Women’s 200m Backstroke and eighth in the 50m version.
British athletes enjoyed an eye-catching finish to the opening match as Max Litchfield secured the homegrown result of the weekend in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley. The National Centre Loughborough man measured his swim to perfection to claim victory and a valuable 10 points for his Energy Standard side. The win was reminiscent of Litchfield’s display in taking European Short Course Championships gold in the same event last December.
The Women’s 400m Individual Medley also brought British success, as Abbie Wood – following on from a strong performance for New York Breakers on day one - again pushed the impressive Melanie Margalis all the way. Dave Hemmings-coached Wood led after the breaststroke section before ultimately placing second – just as she did in the 200m category on Friday. Earlier in the evening, she also notched a fourth-place finish in the 100m Individual Medley in which Molly Renshaw clocked 1:00.83.
Those eye-catching displays were then followed by a couple of impressive results for Joe Litchfield and Imogen Clark in the unique skins contests.
These races are contested over three rounds, with the first four finishers from round one going through to round two only a few minutes later – and then only the top two make it to the final.p;
Joe was one of New York’s representatives in a strong Men’s 50m Backstroke Skins field. He swam well in the first stage to place fourth and qualify for the second round, in which a superb reaction off the blocks provided the foundation for him to finish second behind triple Olympic champion Ryan Murphy, sparking jubilant celebrations among the New York Breakers squad on poolside. Joe would ultimately finish second overall in the final race.
In between the Litchfield brothers’ successes, Clark stepped up in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Skins to clinch a top-four finish for her Energy Standard side, ensuring she qualified for the skins’ second round and ultimately placing fourth.
Georgia Davies finished 5th (57.86) in the Women’s 100m Backstroke won byOlivia Smoliga (55.66).
James Wilby (58.25) finished 6th in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke won by Ilya Shymanovich (56.13).
The overall result of the season opener saw Cali Condors finish well clear at the top with 567 points, ahead of Energy Standard (463 points) in second, LA Current (420 points) in third and New York Breakers (266 points) in fourth.
The Condors enjoyed a number of impressive performances from their big names, notably Lilly King who tops the early MVP standings with 87.5 points. LA Current’s Ryan Murphy is second with 74.5 and the 2019 MVP Sarah Sjostrom is third on 66.5.
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