London Roar are 4th team to win playoff game, giving Toronto a boost

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ISL 2021 playoffs – MATCH 4

FINAL TEAM RANKING

  1. London Roar – 534.5 points
  2. Cali Condors – 474.5 points
  3. LA Current – 438.5 points
  4. Iron – 327.5 points

London Roar claimed the tag team victory in Game 4 of the 2021 ISL Qualifiers in Eindhoven on Sunday, beating both Cali Condors and LA Current, two teams who beat them earlier this season. The London Roar are now the 4th team to win a playoff game this season, a fact that helps the Toronto Titans more than anyone.

How does London’s victory help Toronto? Mainly because LA Current also placed 3rd in the game, meaning the Current is just one point ahead of the Titans as the final week of the playoffs begins. If the LA Current place 3rd in their next game, they’ll end the playoffs with 8 points, and if the Toronto Titans finish 2nd in their next game, they’ll end the playoffs with 8 points, which means there will have to be a tiebreaker. what that will mean, we don’t know yet, although under previous tie-breakers the advantage could go to LA.

Results of the 2021 ISL qualifiers

Match 1

  1. Cali Condors
  2. London roar
  3. Trident DC
  4. The iron

Match 2

  1. LA Current
  2. London roar
  3. Toronto Titans
  4. Aquatic centurions

Match 3

  1. Energy standard
  2. Toronto Titans
  3. Aquatic centurions
  4. Trident DC

Match 4

  1. London roar
  2. Cali Condors
  3. LA Current
  4. The iron

ISL Playoffs – Upcoming Matches

Match 5

  • Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, DC Trident

Match 6

  • Cali Condors, Toronto Titans, Aqua Centurions, Iron

Duncan Scott Snags MVP, very first for the London Roar

The roar of London Duncan Scott won MVP honors for Game 4 of the 2021 ISL Playoffs with 60, making him the first London Roar swimmer to win MVP Game honors. Scott won a total of 3 individual events, the 200 IM, 400 IM and 400 freestyle, for a total of 53 points. Scott’s other 7 points came from the 100 IM, where he placed 2nd, lowering his own British race record. Scott also came half a second closer to his 2019 British record in the 400 IM, which he won by 7 seconds on Sunday in Eindhoven.

This weekend’s MVP ranking was dominated by London Roar who had 5 of the top 10 MVPs in matches. Scott finished just 4 points ahead of LA Ryan murphy who finished with 56 points, although Murphy had the back skins to take advantage of him and increase his points total (35 of Murphy’s points came from the skins).

Scott is an interesting case within the London squad as, despite his versatility and the dominance he has shown on relays in the past, the Roar has made not using Scott on a single stint this weekend. Scott is one of the most versatile swimmers in the ISL, although his best events remain the middle distance freestyle and the IM.

Dressel returns, struggling to find form

It is safe to say that Cali Condor Caeleb Dressel is ISL’s biggest star. His absence in Game 1 of the playoffs was apparent, although the Condors still took the tag team victory and beat Season 1 champions Energy Standard. Needless to say, Dressel’s return to racing in Eindhoven this weekend marked an exciting turning point in the ISL 2021 playoffs. However, Dressel was not in his typical form.

To get things started, it was a bit surprising to see Dressel finish 3rd in the 50 freestyle in 21.04, losing to London. Kyle chalmers and LA Kristian gkolomieev. Dressel didn’t swim a single butterfly race this weekend, opting instead for the 50 freestyle and 100 IM as his only individual events, as well as the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay (47.26, rolling start) , the men’s 4×100 medley relay (flight – 49.60, rolling start) and the mixed 4×100 medley relay (flight – 50.76, rolling start).

Dressel is expected to stay in Eindhoven for the next 3 weeks until the conclusion of the ISL 2021 final, so he still has plenty of time to regain his form. Although Dressel set 2 world records (100 flies, 47.78; 100 IM, 49.22) in the 2020 ISL Grand Final, we likely won’t see anything of this magnitude on the weekend of the 3 and December 4. Even so, by next weekend we could expect to see Dressel in more than 2 individual events, swimming closer to the super-fast season times he’s known for.

Team Ranking – 2021 Playoffs

Rank Team Matches played Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Match 4 Total points
= 1 Energy standard 2 3 4 7
= 1 Cali Condors 2 4 3 7
= 1 London roar 2 3 4 7
4 LA Current 2 4 2 6
5 Toronto Titans 2 2 3 5
= 6 Aquatic centurions 2 1 2 3
= 6 Trident DC 2 2 1 3
8 The iron 2 1 1 1

Final MVP Ranking

  1. Duncan Scott (LON) – 60 points
  2. Ryan murphy (BAC) – 56 points
  3. Lilly King (CAC) – 44.5 points
  4. Kyle chalmers (LON) – 44 points
  5. Kira Toussaint (LON) – 43.5 points
  6. Emma McKeon (LON) – 39 points
  7. Kelsi Dahlia (CAC) – 38 points
  8. Christian Diener (LON) – 37.5 points
  9. Nic Fink (CAC) / Hali Flickinger (CAC) – 36 points


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