Davies delivers skins points for Standard

2 Nov 2020

World Championship medallist Georgia Davies was part of a thrilling skins finale in match six of the 2020 International Swimming League (ISL) as she helped her Energy Standard side to an important win. 

Energy, the reigning ISL champions, finished the clash with 609 points to their name, well clear of the second-placed Toronto Titans. 

Davies had helped boost their total on day one by finishing third in the Women’s 50m Backstroke – and she was back to contest that event in the unique skins contest at the Duna Arena on Monday evening. 

It was a repeat result for the two-time Olympian, who touched third in round one to take her place in the last four. She again finished third in that race, ultimately taking home 12 points. 

Earlier in the session, the in-form Loughborough National Centre duo of Abbie Wood and Joe Litchfield were picking up top-three placings in the medley events.

Wood was agonisingly close to completing the clean sweep of Individual Medley wins when she finished second in the Women’s 100m IM, a mere 0.14 seconds off victory. She then went on to get the same result in the 400m category.

"To come away with a handful of personal bests and a British record, it’s more than I ever thought I’d do," said Abbie after the match. 

"Being on the Breakers has been such a laugh. There’s no pressure on us and it’s starting to reflect in the swimming. I think we are getting stronger and stronger in each meet."

Abbie Wood ISL 2020 race finish
Abbie Wood placed second in both the 100m and 400m Individual Medleys

Litchfield, meanwhile, touched third in the Men’s 100m Individual Medley after a strong opening half of the race.

Molly Renshaw – another of David Hemmings’ swimmers to be catching the eye for New York Breakers in Budapest – got her second ‘podium’ finishes in as many days, tying for third in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke as her performances continue to progress nicely. 

The final results from match six saw Energy Standard reinvigorate their title defence with that huge 609-point tally, with Toronto Titans on 448 in second, the Breakers third on 354.5 and fourth-placed Aqua Centurions on 290.5. 

The ISL now takes a two-day break, before a double-header across Thursday and Friday, with London Roar, New York, Team Iron and Energy Standard among the eight teams featuring British athletes set to be involved.