More Cascade action with the ISL in Budapest!

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Budapest, Hungary (25 October 2020) - Another good day for the Titans and for Cascade across the pond in the Buda Bubble as the team finished 2nd overall moving up one spot on the team rankings from yesterday.

The Titans picked up big wins from Kylie Masse (Windsor Essex) in the 100m backstroke, Rebecca Smith (Red Deer/Cascade) in the 200m freestyle, Anton McKee in the 100m breaststroke (interesting side note for all our age groupers - McKee is the Icelandic national record holder in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events as well as the 50, 100 & 200m breaststroke, the 200 and 400 IM!). Yuri Kisil and Rebecca Smith (who combined hold 18 different Cascade club records!) brought their mixed 4x100 Free Relay to second overall splitting 46.85 and 52.60 respectively).

Cascade’s Cole Pratt was tasked by the team to swim the 200m butterfly over arguably two of his much stronger events today the 100m backstroke and 400m individual medley, but that is what it is all about here - the team points and just doing what needs to get done. Pratt, who has not swum this event in almost twelve months did manage a new lifetime best in 1:56.38 (26.25, 56.05, 1:26.11 1:56.38) for 7th overall. Just like Cole was asked to dip his toe into the butterfly waters, Okotoks born and raised swimmer Finlay Knox, threw down a new lifetime best for 7th overall in the 100m backstroke in 52.41 and was 7th again in the 400IM.

At the end of the second day final team standings came down to the super-exciting skins race. Skins race strokes are determined by whichever teams win the 4x100 MR the day before - this time the LA Current had won both - choosing freestyle and backstroke for the women and men respectively. It was one of the most exciting aspects of the whole weekend of racing with Toronto putting up a strong showing from Michelle Coleman (Sweden) winning the 1st round of the free but settling for 3rd overall and Shayne Ryan (Ireland) also finishing 3rd in the men’s backstroke.

Day 2 saw the Titans pick up a couple of value team points in the race to be in the top-8 overall at the end of the round robin and get into the playoffs in the middle of November.

Final Team Standings

1.  LA Current         535.5 4 points

2. Tokyo Frog Kings 506.5 3 points

3. Toronto Titans     401.0 2 points

4. Aqua Centurions   260.0 1 point

The Toronto Titans next match is next weekend on the 1st and 2nd of November where they will be facing off against last season’s league champions, Energy Standard, as well as the Aqua Centurions and New York Breakers. The Titans should be able to challenge for a top finish in that match up earning a few more valuable club points in the overall team standings.

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