The International Swimming League (ISL) is set to make a history on Saturday, with its opening fixture the first of the new professional series.
Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October at the Indiana University Natatorium, the maiden event will see four of the eight teams do battle. With a 50:50 split of American and European teams, five Brits will be in action, spread across three of the four teams.
Competing for Cali Condors will be Mark Szaranek, the versatile University of Stirling swimmer likely to swim a number of events across the two days, with each team’s roster comprised of 12 men and 12 women, with two athletes from each team swimming in every race.
Energy Standard have three Brits in their line-up, sprinters Ben Proud, Georgia Davies and Imogen Clark all in action, whilst Hannah Miley will don the colours of Aqua Centurions. Each leg of the series, which take place almost every weekend between now and the end of November, will feature a different composition of teams, with the London leg on 23rd and 24th November an all European affair, hosted by London Roar. The top two American and European teams will then line-up in the Grand Final in Last Vegas the weekend before Christmas.
With fast-paced two hour sessions, the new league is hoping to wow fans, with each session culminating in relays and skins race, which carry double points. Viewers in the UK will be able to catch the action live on Eurosport 1 between 19:00 and 21:00 on both Saturday and Sunday evening.For further information head to the ISL website