Toronto Titans swim their third match with Cascade crew

Cascade Office

Budapest, Hungary (06 November 2020) - Their third match was another exciting one and second meet in five days as well as their penultimate round robin match. The team will have one more event this upcoming Monday (09 November) and Tuesday which will have made it six days of racing and three separate competitions over the span of 8 days!

This Thursday morning Cole was up and at ‘em pretty early (at least for the Titans faithful who were up at 02:00AM Calgary time!) swimming three races on the first day of the match.

Up first was one of his bread and butter events the 2 back were he put up another solid performance in 1:52.38 (0.4 off of his Sunday swim last weekend) where coach Dave confessed Cole, “hurt a bit and wasn’t quite warm enough on the legs,” after getting ready in the morning ; he had wanted to be to get under the 1:51 mark from the previous match. His next couple of races were better with the 100 free on the third leg of the 4x100 free relay which he swam pretty solid in again in 48.69 which was 2/10ths better than last weekend and his fastest relay split ever. Coach Dave has been pleased with the progress Cole has made with his freestyle highlighting the finish of his 200IM last weekend as bright spot along with all these relay legs. After the free relay was his next race, his third race of the day, which was the lead-out leg on the backstroke of the 4x100 medley relay. Cole was a 51.95 this time around in another solid swim and his third 51-point this round robin event which also was a smidge better than his last relay lead-out with his fastest of the tour so far (his best time came last weekend) in the 100m back race itself in 51.54. It ended up being a lighter day 1 for Cole this match with no 200 individual medley in the mix as he sets up for day 2 where he will once again compete in the 100m backstroke and 400m individual medley.

Toronto Titans Highlight Reel

Louise Hanson was second in the 100m butterfly while Cascade alumnus (also RDCSC), Rebecca Smith, was 4th in her fastest time so far of 56.85. Irish national, Shayne Ryan, was third in the 100 fly - 50.95. Lisa Bratton was 2nd in the 200 back with Kylie Masse 3rd. Kelsey “The Real Deal” Wog hammered out another victory in the 200m breaststroke and then followed it up with a win in the 200 individual medley just a few minutes later! Jocelyn Ulyett took 3rd in the 200 breast. In the men’s 200m breaststroke Toronto went 1-2 with Anton McKee and Erik Persson winning in their own clash of the Titans. Rebecca Smith helped the women’s 4x100 FR to 2nd with a 52.42 anchor leg. Tessa Cieplucha was second in the 2IM. Yuri “The Missile” Kisil led your Titans out on the front end of the men’s 4x100 FR which won the event with Yuri splitting 46.76 - Brent Hayden anchored in 46.91 while Michael Chadwick and Blake Pieroni also kicked in on the 2nd and 3rd legs. Kylie Masse won the 50m backstroke along with Shayne Ryan. Ana Egorova was 2nd in the 400 free. The Titans women’s team (Masse, Wog, Hansson and Coleman) won the medley relay while the Titan men were 3rd with Ryan, McKee, Fesikov and Pieroni (45.96 anchor). 

Energy Standard chose women’s free and men’s breaststroke for the Skins races tomorrow. Power up Michelle Coleman and Anton Mckee (and maybe Blake Pieroni?!?!). 

Day 1 Team Standings

1. Energy Standard 300.0 points

2. Toronto Titans 229.0 points

3. Team Iron 205.0 points

4. DC Trident 141.o points

MVP Points Race

Emre Sakci - IRON (1st) 29.0 points

Kelsey Wog (2nd) 28.5 points

Shayne Ryan (8th) 19.0 points

Kylie Masse (9th) 18.5 points

Anton McKee (11th) 15.0 points

Rebecca Smith (35th) 9.5 points

Finlay Knox (50th) 7.0 points

Cole Pratt (69th) 5.0 points

Interesting Anecdotes 

Superstar Titan Anton McKee has apparently been offering up some pretty fantastic and insightful breaststroke tips to the Cascade crew which Cole Pratt has been implementing while coach Dave takes notes to bring back to the rest of the entire club. One of the great things about an event like this is the day-in-day-out exposure and practice opportunities with some of the best athletes on the planet! All of this comes back to the rest of the Cascade coaching crew on our regular staff meetings where coach Dave breaks down each of the four strokes going over the best stroke modelling in the world - using swimmers at all ages and all levels as examples as to how to see it, how to correct it, what drills to use and ultimately how to make it better! PS, despite McKee losing the breaststroke pullout contest to freestyle sprinter Blake Pieroni we take what he says at face value!

Join us once again at 02:00AM local Calgary time tomorrow (Friday early, early, early (it feels earlier than today) AM - the 6th of November!) as the Toronto Titans take on Energy Standard, DC Trident and Team Iron in their third match of ISL 2020 in Budapest. The Titans are streaming live on CBC online which you can check out here:https://www.cbc.ca/player/sports/Aquatics or watch on your phone (CBC Sports of CBC Gem) or on Apple TV (CBC Gem).

The full schedule of what is being broadcast is available here: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/broadcast!

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