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ISL SEASON 2

14 October 2020

Harriet West & Aimee Willmott
Harriett West joins fellow Funkita F-Teamer Aimee Willmott for their debut at London Roar

Season 2 of the International Swim League (ISL) kicks off this Friday and we have plenty of F-Teamers in action. The ISL is all about racing fast and earning points for your team so athletes could be stepping up to the block in a variety of events looking to swim as hard and as fast as they can.

At each league match only four teams will take part in two x 2.5-hour racing sessions. Two athletes from each team will swim in each event, and rather than picking up gold, silver, bronze and 4th, athletes will be awarded either 6, 4, 2 or 1 points for their team. Finish outside top 4 and the swimmer scores 0!

As well as the change to the way points are calculated, there are some other pretty big changes to season 2. There are now 10 teams in the ISL instead of 8, with the addition of the Tokyo Frog Kings and the Toronto Titans, with 315 athletes representing 48 countries from around the world.

Because of extensive international travel restrictions due to Covid-19, the 10 league matches, semifinal and at this stage the final, will all be taking place in Hungary, Budapest at the DUNA Arena, rather than in different countries around the world, as was the case for the inaugural ISL season in 2019.

The athletes will undergo regular Covid testing, are not allowed to leave the safe ISL bubble, and just like everyone else, will have to self-isolate for 14 days should they become ill. Hopefully everyone will stay healthy given the strict protocols but there is a chance that we may see some swimmers drop in and out of the teams.

We have six weeks of fast racing to look forward to and lots of F-Teamers in action for ISL season 2. Here's where you can spot our Funkita F-Teamers.

Aimee Willmott
Aimee Willmott joins team London Roar this year and is ready to race after all UK meets have been cancelled until Christmas

LONDON ROAR

Seasoned international GB swimmer and medley specialist Aimee Willmott has joined team London Roar, and although the 400m IM is her main event, Aimee may be asked to step up in the 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle events so make sure to keep an eye out. "With all swim meets in the UK cancelled until at least Christmas, the ISL is a great opportunity to race and hopefully race fast. I love racing as part of a team and I'm excited to be swapping the University of Stirling green for the London Roar green."

Harriet West will also be joining Aimee. As a lover of short course and a sprint butterfly swimmer Harriet brings speed and depth to the London Roar team. Throw her in a freestyle relay and she'll do the team proud, especially decked out in her solid black APEX Predator racing suit.

TORONTO TITANS

Last year Jocelyn Ulyett was part of team Energy Standard, but this year she's made the switch to the Toronto Titans. With the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, as well as a medley relay each match, Jocelyn will be kept pretty busy this season.

Candice Hall has also made the Titans roster in her ISL debut. As an unbelievable short course swimmer with great turns and a medley background, Candice will be a fierce competitor in pretty much any event.

ENERGY STANDARD

In season 1, Imogen Clark picked up bags of points for Energy Standard, which no doubt helped them claim the ISL championship title. "I just love racing and want to win as many points again for my team." We can't wait to see her work her magic again this season.

Imogen Clark
Imogen Clark is heading back to the ISL for the second time this year

NEW YORK BREAKERS

Having gained excellent international race experience at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, backstroker Chloe Golding will be well placed to mix it up with some of the best swimmers in the world. She and fellow F-Teamer, youngster Jacob Whittle, are two of a few Brits on the New York Breakers team list this season.

AQUA CENTURIONS

Edinburgh swimmers Tain Bruce and Kat Greenslade were late additions to the Aqua Centurions team which is stacked with world class Italian swimmers. With Frederica Pellegrini on her team, Kat Greenslade knows she will likely be racing plenty of backstroke events, yet should she be given the chance to get amongst the freestyle action she'll be ready. "I've been doing a placement in a GP practice and it's been difficult to manage training with Uni work, especially at the moment, so I'm really looking forward to focusing on just training and racing for a few weeks."

Be sure to head to the Official ISL website and click here to find out how you can watch the ISL wherever you are.

 
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