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ISL Season 3 Match 6 - Napoli

Aqua Centurion, Cali Condors, London Roar and Tokyo Frogs continued their ISL Season 3 campaigns in Match 6 held in Naples over 11/12 Sep 2021.

Report Links: Day 1 | Day 2

Day 1

Video: Match 6 Day 1 highlights.

With 6 ISL wins already to her name, it was no surprise that event favourite Kelsi Dahlia (55.40) delivered her third Women's 100m Butterfly win for Cali ahead of Emma McKeon (55.64) in second whose Roar team mate Marie Wattel (57.20) finished fifth. Harriet Jones clocked 58.78 for Tokyo.

Caeleb Dressel (48.71) served up Cali's expected win in the Men's 100m Butterfly, finishing 1.30s ahead of Vini Lanza (LON, 50.01).

It was always likely to be a close finish between the event winners from Matches 3 and 2. Minna Atherton (2:01.40) and Beata Nelson (2:01.58) left the remaining Women's 200m Backstroke more than 3s adrift. Atherton's swim gave Roar a boost with 19 points and team mate Katie Shanahan (2:05.55) added 5 more in fourth place.

And just as in match 3, Roar's Luke Greenbank (1:50.36) delivered a Men's 200m Backstroke win, this time with a burst of speed over the last 50m to overtake early leader Christian Deiner. Match 2 winner Grigory Tarasevich (TOK, 1:50.79) came second.

Cali's Lilly King (2:16.83) recorded a Season 3 best time in her third Women's 200m Breaststroke win by 3.48s over Roar's Annie Lazor (2:20.31).

Match 2 winner Tokyo's Daiya Seto (2:02.86) enjoyed a narrow Men's 200m Breaststroke win over Match 4 winner Nic Fink (CAC, 2:03.05) by 0.18s. Ross Murdoch (LON, 2:06.40) went 0.88s faster than last time but finished sixth.

Cali Condors (3:29.74) won the Women's 4x100m Freestyle ahead of Aqua Centurions (3:31.12). Loughborough alumna Marie Wattel (52.90) and Bath NC's Freya Anderson (53.06) featured in Roar's third placed 3:31.96 quartet.

Cali Condors got their estimates right in deciding to rest Caeleb Dressel in the Men's 50m Freestyle. The top 3 featured his team mates Justin Ress (21.06) and Jesse Puts (21.30) who were separated by Vladimir Morozov (TOK, 21.23).

Roar's Emma McKeon (23.60) was the only sub 24s swimer in the Women's 50m Freestyle, finishing over 0.6s ahead of the chasing Cali pair of Erika Brown (24.22) and Olivia Smoliga (24.27).

Any questions whether Daiyo Seto would recover his form after a disappointing Olympics by his high standards were firmly dispelled in the Men's 200m Individual Medley. The Tokyo Frogs main man (1:51.12) led throughout the event, and held off the fast finishing Dressel (CAC, 1:51.14) by 0.02s. Dressel is now the second fastest American ever in the event behind World Record holder Ryan Lochte's mark from 2012. Roar's Duncan Scott finished third on 1:52.95 and Cali's Mark Szaranek (1:56.70) seventh.

Yui Onashi (TOK, 2:06.51) maintained Tokyo's winning momentum in the Women's 200m Individual Medley holding off the challenge of Beata Nelson (CAC, 2:06.68) and Sydney Pickrem (LON, 2:06.86).

Match 4 winner Nicolo Martinenghi (AQC, 25.86) had another narrow win in the Men's 50m Breaststroke, this time by 0.02s over team mate Fabio Scozzoli. Ross Murdoch (LON, 26.91) finished sixth.

Four swimmers went sub 30s in the Women's 50m Breaststroke and this time it was Match 1 winner Arianna Castiglioni (AQC, 29.46) taking the win by 0.16s over Cali's Lilly King.

If you were wondering where Roar's next wins would come from, first it was their Men's 4x100m Freestyle quartet (3:05.05) anchored by soon to be Bath NC swimmer Ed Mildred (47.01) who gave their Club score a boost by 38 points. 2.29s back were Tokyo Frogs with a slower than expected Aqua Centurions (3:07.48) in third.

Then Kira Toussaint (26.11) claimed another Women's 50m Backstroke victory ahead of Olivia Smoliga (CAC, 26.40).

And with Guilherme Guido equalling his Season 3 best Men's 50m backstroke time of 22.60 set in Match 3, his win over Coleman Stewart (CAC) by 0.32s meant Roar were definitely on a roll.

Katie Shanahan (4:09.18) and Freya Anderson (4:09.76) came sixth and seventh respectively in the Women's 400m Freestyle won by Tokyo's Paige Madden (4:02.84).

Duncan Scott (3:41.14) won the Men's 400m Freestyle by 0.64s from Matteo Ciampi (AQC).

Placing order in the Freestyle relay was replicated in the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay - Cali (3:47.70) and AQC (3:49.45) were followed by a Roar (3:50.43) quartet anchored by Freya Anderson (53.44). London's other quartet (3:52.49) featuring Marie Wattel (57.20 ) came fifth.

In the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay Cali (3:21 29) finished 1s ahead of second placed Roar whose other quartet included Greenbank (51.21) and Murdoch (57.90) in a fifth place finish.

Day 1 Standings
1. London Roar, 277.0
2. Cali Condors, 263.5
3. Tokyo Frog Kings, 187.0
4. Aqua Centurions, 181.5

Day 2

Video: Day 2 Highlights

Emma McKeon (51.47) got Roar off to a great start winning the Women's 100m Freestyle ahead of Cali pair Natalie Hinds (52.27) and fast finishing Erika Brown (52.31).

0.33s covered places 1 to 7 of the Men's 100m Freestyle but it was Duncan Scott (46.53) who powered through the field from seventh at 50m to win a closely fought race, touching 0.03s ahead of team mate Katsumi Nakamura.

If the results of the first two races suggested Roar were going to push on, Cali's Kelsi Dahlia (2:04.75) and Katerine Savard (2:06.43) had other ideas with a 1-2 in the Women's 200m Butterfly.

Tokyo's Daiya Seto (1:50.28) improved 0.4s on his Match 2 winning time to win this Men's 200m Butterfly race for Tokyo, finishing well ahead of Roar's Match 3 event winner Teppei Morimoto (1:51.16). Mark Szaranek (CAC,1:57.61) placed seventh.

Kira Toussaint (56.36) has been a regular winner for Roar and together with team mate Minna Atherton just 0.06s behind, delivered a 1-2 in the Women's 100m Backstroke ahead of chasing Cali duo, Olivia Smoliga (56.79) and Sherridon Dressel (57.43).

Cali suffered major setbacks in the Men's 100m Backstroke as first Jose Martinez didn't swim the event and then their recently crowned World record holder, Coleman Stewart, was disqualified over a 15m infringement. Roar's Guilherme Guido however has been amassing a tidy points haul and was on hand to take full advantage of the opportunity, producing the only sub 50s swim - 49.29 for a 19 points win by 1.39s over Grigory Tarasevich (TOK, 50.68).

Cali's Beata Nelson (57.99) led throughout the Women's 100m Medley finishing 0.49s ahead of Roar's Sydney Pickrem (58.48) whose team mate Katie Shanahan sadly didn't earn any Club points for her seventh placed 1:00.46 swim but she could take comfort in eclipsing Alison Sheppard's 1:00.76 Scottish Record set 18 years ago, before Katie was even born.

Duncan Scott not only likes racing and winning but breaking records and he put the disappointment of not being able to test himself against Caleb Dressel by taking the Men's 100m Medley British Record below 52s with a 51.92 finish ahead of Thomas Ceccon (AQC, 52.12). Roar team mate Luke Greenbank clocked 53.89 for a seventh placed finish.

Lilly King (CAC, 1:03.54) saw off the Women's 100m Breaststroke challenges of Arianna Castiglioni (AQC, 1:03.90) and Alia Atkinson (LON, 1:04.05).

Match 2 event winner Yasuhiro Koseki (56.31) went 0.78s faster for a Tokyo Frogs win in the Men's 100m Breaststroke over Match 1 winner Nicolo Martinenghi (AQC, 56.57). Ross Murdoch (LON, 58.13) finished seventh.

The Women's 50m Butterfly was a close affair in which Holly Barratt (25.30) and Elena di Liddo (25.43) secured a 1-2 for Aqua Centurions ahead of Roar's Emma McKeon 25.44) whose team mate Marie Wattel finished fifth on 25.70.

Aqua Centurions delivered another win courtesy of Sebastian Szabo (22.18) in the Men's 50m Butterfly. Roar's Dylan Carter (22.42) was second.

Bath NC's Freya Anderson (1:56.86) placed seventh for Roar in a Women's 200m Freestyle race which saw Federica Pellegrini (1:54.37) in second fail to overtake Cali's Erika Brown (1:54.17).

With the relays traditionally a Cali strong point, even without Caleleb Dressel's involvement, Duncan Scott's 1:42.43 win for Roar in the Men's 200m Freestyle by 0.79s over Cristian Quintero (TOK) ensured the London team would seize every prior opportunity that came their way.

And then a Roar 1-2 delivered a body blow to the Condors' points basket as their Mixed 4x100m Medley quartets (3:35.57) and (3:36.47) scored 32 between them. Ross Murdoch (57.36) featured in their second placed team.

Daiya Seto apart, Tokyo had generally been finding the going tough but Yui Ohashi 4:31.60) responded by completing her medley double. Her 4:31.60 victory in the Women's 400m Medley saw Anastasia Sorokina (4:34.62) finish 3.02s behind with Roar's Katie Shanahan just 0.05s further back in third.

And then Seto followed up with a sub 4m (3:59.01) Men's 400m Medley win by 1.3s over Ilia Borodin (AQC, 4:00.31). That made it four wins from four individual events for Seto, which earned him nearly $19,000 in Match 6 with recognition as MVP. The three Brits in the race - Mark Szaranek (CAC,4:08.01), Duncan Scott (LON,4:08.63) and Luke Greenbank (LON,4:10.47) were placed sixth to eighth.

Cali's Kelsi Dahlia (25.26, 25.71 and then 25.80) and Beata Nelson (25.41, 25.71 and then 26.30) fought out the Women's Butterfly Skins Race 50m final.

Katsumi Nakamura (21.40, 22.14 and then 22.93) was a big Men's Freestyle Skins Race 50m points scorer for Roar, beating Alessandro Miressi (AQC) by 1.21s in the final.

View Match 6 Result
1. London Roar – 529.5
2. Cali Condors – 478.5
3. Aqua Centurions – 379.5
4. Tokyo Frog Kings – 376.5

View MVP Standings

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