The International Swimming League (ISL) is close to reaching its halfway point, with the next event marking the league’s ninth match after the season opened August 26th in Italy.
Established in 2019, The ISL is the annual professional swimming league featuring team-based competitions with fast paced race sessions.
The first of its kind, the ISL gives the opportunity for elite swimmers worldwide to come together and compete as a team. The point-based races allow swimmers to race in a heat and final, with the winner receiving a certain number of points for their team.
This year’s competition is currently being held in Naples, Italy where the likes of Olympians Emma McKeon OAM, Kyle Chalmers and an array of Australia’s dolphins are racing.
The swimmers are drafted into ten teams, with each team member representing the club they are selected for through the duration of the ISL competition.
Ten clubs will compete in the matches: Cali Condors, Energy Standards, LA Current, London Roar, Toronto Titians, Aqua Centurions, Hungarian Iron, DC Trident, Tokyo Frog Kinds and New York Breakers.
Individual race points are allocated in the following manner:
6pts for 1st place, 4pts for 2nd, 2pts for 3rd, 1pt for 4th, 0.5pts for 5th and 0.25pts for 6th place.
In addition, points are doubled in relays and are awarded after each of the 3 skin race heats. Points are not awarded to athletes or teams that fail to finish a race.
The points of the clubs’ representatives are then added together and go towards the total points result of their respective clubs.
Cali Condors are currently placed first in the league after the first eight matches, with Energy and LA Current trailing close behind.
A variety of Australia’s Dolphins have been dominating the pool after coming off their most successful Games in Tokyo.
In match 5, LA Current swimmer Madi Wilson was victorious in both the women’s 100m and 200m freestyle highlighting her strengths in the pool.
Kyle Chalmers OAM has been an unstoppable force, winning the 100m free (match 5), splitting the first 50m in 21.91 and coming home strong to finish in 45.65 for London Roar.
Making an immediate splash, Emma McKeon OAM won the 50m freestyle in her first match (match 8) for London Roar in her return to the pool following a dominant Olympic campaign.
Match 9 of the Regular season commences on September 23 with four clubs facing off over two days: DC Trident, Energy Standards, London Roar and Toronto Titians.
The playoffs begin on November 11 with the successful teams progressing to the final, Match 18, on January 7, 2022.
To stay up to date with all the results, click here.
Dolphins competing in ISL:
Energy Standards (ENS)
- Travis Mahoney
LA Current (LAC)
- Madi Wilson
London Roar (LON)
- Emma McKeon
- Kyle Chalmers
- Minna Atherton
- Zac Incerti
- Sam Williamson
Aqua Centurions (AQC)
- Holly Barratt
- Laura Taylor
Hungarian Iron (IRON)
- Jenna Strauch
DC Trident (DCT)
- Leah Neale
- Maddie Groves
- Tristan Hollard
Tokyo Frog Kinds (TOK)
- Zac Stubblety- Cook (arriving soon)
New York Breakers (NTB)
- Brendon Smith
- Matt Temple