ISL coming to Maryland for U.S. derby

Press Release provided by ISL

After four matches featuring the Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ clubs facing one another, the inaugural season of the International Swimming League will now shift to a pair of derby meets – the first one coming on November 16th and 17th in College Park, Maryland.
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The Eppley Recreation Center, located on the campus of the University of Maryland, will play host. Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $35.00.

This match will pit the four American clubs – the Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current and NY Breakers – against one another, as they’ll battle to earn a spot in the League Final in December. The top-two American and top-two European clubs will qualify for the finals in Las Vegas where the first-ever ISL champions will be crowned.
The 2019 International Swimming League matches is being broadcast on television live, delayed-live and via dedicated highlights programming in countries throughout the world. Details of regular broadcasters by country appear below. For precise details of broadcaster coverage please check local listings.

Where to watch by region

  • United States: ESPN3
  • Europe and Asia-Pacific: Eurosport
  • Australia: 7plus
  • New Zealand: Spark
  • Canada: CBC
  • Latin America: Claro Sport
  • Brazil: TV GloboKevin Reust
  • Caribbean: FlowSports
  • Israel: Sports 1
  • Middle East/North Africa: Bein Sport

When to watch by region

  • Local College Park time – 2:00 p.m.
  • New York, NY (Eastern) – 2:00 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, Ca. (Pacific) – 11:00 a.m.
  • London, Eng. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tokyo, Jpn. – 4:00 a.m. (next day)
  • Sydney, Aus. – 6:00 a.m. (next day)

Event Schedule

Women Event #Day 1Men Event #
1100m Butterfly2
350m Breaststroke4
5400m Individual Medley6
7400m Freestyle Relay 
9200m Backstroke8
1150m Freestyle10
 400m Medley Relay12
13200m Freestyle14
1550m Backstroke16
17200m Breaststroke18
 400m Freestyle Relay19
Women Event #Day 2Men Event #
20100m Freestyle21
22100m Breaststroke23
24400m Freestyle25
26400m Medley Relay 
28200m Individual Medley27
3050m Butterfly29
32100m Backstroke31
33400m Mixed Freestyle Relay33
34200m Butterfly35
3650m Freestyle Skins37
38200m Mixed Medley Relay*38
 *In case of Team tie only 

Format Details

  • 4 teams (LA Current, NY Breakers, Iron, London Roar)
  • The suggested size of each club’s traveling roster is 24 athletes (12 men & 12 women), plus 4 substitutes (2 men & 2 women), for a total of 28.
  • 2 athletes will compete per event per club.
  • 2 relay teams will compete per relay event per club.
  • The winning club will score 4 standings points, 2nd place earns 3 points, 3rd place earns 2 points, and 4th place earns 1 point.

Scoring Rules

  • The scoring for each event will be as follows:
1st place9 points
2nd place7 points
3rd place6 points
4th place5 points
5th place4 points
6th place3 points
7th place2 points
8th place1 point

Individual Prize Money

Athlete PlacePoints
  • Relays score double points; each swimmer receives 25% of team’s relay points.
  • Skin races score triple points.
  • In regular season meets, athletes earn $300 per point.

More ISL Info:

Over 100 Olympians are represented in the ISL, including 41 Olympic gold medalists from the 2016 Olympic Games. The ISL is groundbreaking in the swimming community as athletes will be paid both a salary and earn prize money based on their individual and club finishes. About $180,000 in prize money will be awarded at each regular season match, with nearly $1.5 million in prize money available for December’s championship meet in Las Vegas. Men and women will share equal prize money.Experts in television, digital media and sports entertainment will provide a compelling backdrop for the swimmers with cutting-edge production, live show and fan engagement.
Among the athlete’s expected to compete include five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and 13-time Long Course World Champion Caeleb Dressel.
Dressel’s Cali Condor club come into the match with six points, the most among all US-based clubs. The LA Current, led by Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy, sit second with five points, and the Ledecky’s DC Trident (four) and the NY Breakers (two) sit third and fourth.

College Park Meet Details:

  • Who: Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current, and NY Breakers
  • What: 1st of two Derby matches of the International Swimming League
  • Where: UMD Natatorium @ Eppley Rec. Center: 4128 Valley Dr, College Park, MD 20742

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