The world’s best swimmers resumed competition last weekend as Season 2 of the International Swim League (ISL) began in Budapest. All competitors are staying in a bubble with races being held at the Duna Arena.

Former Cardinal standouts Zach Harting and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia are currently competing in Hungary for their teams DC Trident and Cali Condors, respectively.

The ISL is composed of 10 teams: Aqua Centurions, Cali Condors, DC Trident, Tokyo Frog Kings, Toronto Titans, Team Iron, London Roar, LA Current, NY Breakers, and reigning champion Energy Standard. Each of the 10 club teams can have a maximum of 36 athletes, 18 male and 18 female. At each match, 28 athletes are able to compete; 12 men and 12 women can race individually while two men and two women are relay-only athletes.

Four club teams take part in each match, all of which last two days. Each race consists of two athletes from each club. Points for each race are as follows: nine points for first place, seven for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh, and one for eighth. Points are not awarded to individuals that do not finish a race or are disqualified. These points are then added together and go towards the total point results for their club teams.

The ISL season is split into a regular season and a final. During the regular season, clubs earn points for participating in matches: four points for first place, three points for second place, two points for third place, and one point for fourth place. At the conclusion of the regular season, the eight club teams with the highest number of points advance to the semifinals. After semifinal competition, the four teams who record the most points will move on to the final where the ISL Champion is determined.

Dahlia competed in the first match with Cali Condors, which took place on Oct. 16-17, while Harting raced in the second match for DC Trident which was held on Oct. 18-19. The semifinals will take place from Nov. 14-16 while the Grand Final will be held on Nov. 21-22 with eight regular-season matches still to go.

After the first two matches, Dahlia holds the fourth-fastest ISL time in the 100-meter butterfly (56.70), fifth-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly (2:07.42), and the seventh-fastest in the 50-meter butterfly (25.54). She is also the current ISL record-holder in the 100-meter butterfly at 55.35.

On the men’s side, Harting ranks No. 12 in the 100-meter butterfly (51.33) and No. 15 in the 200-meter butterfly (1:55.55).

For more information about the ISL, visit their official website at https://isl.global/.

The match schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season can be found at https://isl.global/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/isl-2020.pdf.

Results from the first two matches can be found at https://isl.global/results-2020/.

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Description automatically generatedNancy Allison WorleyAssociate Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics

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