2020 International Swimming League – Match 1
The first match of the 2020 International Swimming League season is in the books and Cali Condors’ Lilly King was all alone at the top of the MVP standings. King earned 87.5 points over the two-day contest, leading second-place Ryan Murphy of LA Current by 13 points. Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom, the MVP for the 2019 season, trailed King by 21 points.
King has never lost a race in ISL. She won all her individual events and all the medley relays she swam last season. And she kicked off 2020 with individual event wins in the 50 breast, 100 breast, and 200 breast. She also snagged another gold in the women’s 400 medley relay. What put her ahead of the prolific Sjostrom, however, were the skins race and the jackpot points King stole from competitors who did not meet the time differential. In 2020, the team that wins the medley relay gets to choose the stroke for the skins contest. CAC chose breaststroke and they shut out the three other teams with two entrants -King and Molly Hannis- in the final. King won all three rounds of the 50 breast skins, and with tons of jackpot points.
|Lilly King||Points Scored|
|Women’s Medley Relay||4.5|
|50 Breast Skins *||25|
|Total MVP Points||87.5|
In addition to the $18,000 in prize money she earned for each of the races, King bagged a $10,000 bonus for her 87.5 MVP points.
Murphy’s results were similar to King’s. He won the 50 back and 100 back, was runner-up in the 200 back, won the medley relay, and won all three rounds of the 50 back skins contest. His performances earned him 74.5 MVP points, corresponding to a $6,000 bonus on top of the $17,200 he took home in race winnings.
|Ryan Murphy||Points Scored|
|Men’s Medley Relay||4.5|
|50 Back Skins *||29|
|Total MVP Points||74.5|
Sjostrom finished third in the MVP standings with 66.5 points and a $4,000 bonus. She also won $15,200 in prize money for her racing. Sjostrom won the 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 100 IM, women’s 4×100 free relay, and mixed 4×100 free relay. She was runner-up in the 50 fly and women’s 4×100 medley relay, and she placed 3rd in the 200 free.
|Sarah Sjostrom||Points Scored|
|Women’s Free Relay||4.5|
|Women’s Medley Relay||3.5|
|Mixed Free Relay||4.5|
|Total MVP Points||66.5|
* Note: for MVP calculations, the points scored in the skins rounds are divided in half.
PRIZE MONEY FORMAT
Athletes and relays earn money for top-4 finishes under the following system, which we’ve simplified below:
Regular Season Matches
|1st place||2nd place||3rd place||4th place|
|Individual||2400 USD||1600 USD||800 USD||400 USD|
|Full Relay||4800 USD||3200 USD||1600 USD||800 USD|
|Skins Round 1||2400 USD||1600 USD||800 USD||400 USD|
|Skins Round 2||2400 USD||1600 USD||800 USD||400 USD|
|Skins Round 3||4800 USD||1600 USD|
MVP Bonus in Regular Season Matches
- 1st: 10,000 USD
- 2nd 6,000 USD
- 3rd 4,000 USD