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Kennedy completes first pro season in ISL with DC Trident

Avon native Madison Kennedy swam in all three meets in the first season for DC Trident of the International Swimming League — an international pro swimming league.

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, Nov. 10 – The first season for Avon native Madison Kennedy in the International Swimming League is complete. Kennedy swims for Washington, D.C.-based DC Trident, which finished their season by finishing third in a two-day meet with the three other American teams in the ISL.

Los Angeles Current won the meet on Sunday on the University of Maryland campus with 495 points, just edging San Francisco-based California Condors with 489½ points. DC Trident, which was in fourth place after day one, rallied to get past the New York Breakers, 322½ to 317.

Each team has 12 men and 12 women competing in the meet.

DC Trident (3-6) finished third in each of their four-team meets. DC Trident was third in their first two meets with Energy Standard and Cali Condors finishing first and second in both meets in Indianapolis (Oct. 5-6) and Naples, Italy (Oct. 12-13). The Rome-based Aqua Centurions finished fourth in both meets.

DC Trident did not qualify for the season-ending championship meet in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Current and Cali Condors, the top two American teams, will compete in Las Vegas in December with the top two European teams.

Kennedy, a sprint specialist who currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, swam on a 4×100 freestyle relay for DC Trident along with the 50 meter freestyle and the 50 meter freestyle skins race. In the skins race, eight races begin the race and the top four advance to the semifinals. The top two advance and go head-to-head in the final.

In the 50 freestyle skins race, Kennedy came close but never made it to the semifinals (top four of eight). Her times were very consistent. Her best time of the ISL season (24.35 seconds) in Indianapolis was good enough for fifth place, 0.03 seconds out of the semifinals.

In College Park, she swam a time of 24.36 seconds, good enough for sixth place. In Naples, she was fifth with a time of 24.40 seconds, 0.06 out of fourth place and the semifinals.

Kennedy’s best ISL time in the 50 meter freestyle race this season was a 24.54 in the season-opening meet in Saturday’s meet in College Park, good enough for seventh place in the field of eight swimmers.

In the 4×100 meter relay, Kennedy’s best time of the season came in College Park with her leadoff leg of 53.85 seconds, which had her team in third place when her leg was over. Her relay team eventually finished seventh. In the season-opening meet in Indianapolis in October, Kennedy swam a 54.40 leg in the 4×100 relay and her Trident team finished third in the race.

2019 International Swimming League

Team W-L Pts Meet Pts
y-California Condors 6-3 9 1405
y-Los Angeles Current 6-3 9 1360
Energy Standard (Italy) 6-0 8 1014
London Roar 6-0 8 990
D.C. Trident (Washington) 3-6 8 975
Iron (Hungary) 3-3 5 827
Aqua Centurions (Rome) 0-6 2 612
New York Breakers 0-9 3 888

y-clinch spot in ISL championship meet
Teams earn two points for each team they beat at a meet and one point for participating in the meet

Upcoming meets
November 23-24
Energy Standard, Iron, Aqua Centurions at London
December 20-21
ISL Championship at Las Vegas (Top two American and European teams)

Previous results
November 15-16 (College Park, Maryland)
Los Angeles 495, California 489½, DC Trident 322½, New York 317
October 26-27 (Budapest, Hungary)
London 505½, Iron 425, Los Angeles 408, New York 292½
October 18-19 (Lewisville)
London 484½, Los Angeles 457, Iron 402, New York 278½
October 12-13 (Naples, Italy)
Energy Standard 493, California 490½, DC Trident 322, Aqua Centurions 321½
October 5-6 (Indianapolis)
Energy Standard 539, California 457, DC Trident 330½, Aqua Centurions 300½

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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