Semi-Final #2 Day 1 in Hungary for Cascade

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Budapest, Hungary (15 November 2020) - Pretty exciting day for the Titans on the first day of the second semi-final in historic Budapest, Hungary. For the Titans this is sudden death with only the top-2 teams at the end of this match going on to compete in the league final - next Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd of November. This truly a performance on demand moment for these swimmers and the question is would Cole Pratt and the rest of the Titans be ready to go?

The short answer: Heck Ya!

First race for Cole was the 200m backstroke and after having swum: 1:53.96, 1:51.95, 1:52.38, 1:52.41 - the question we all wanted an answer to was would he be able to go any faster? The extra motivation, perhaps, in the back of his head was that fellow Canadian and Tokyo Frog King, Markus Thormeyer, has broke Cole’s old Canadian record twice in ISL 2020 with the time now sitting at 1:50.27 - Cole’s lifetime best and the old record 1:51.30. Pratt managed another solid swim dropping more than a full-second from his best so far in the ISL - 1:50.82 which is a new lifetime best and firms up his spot as the second fastest Canadian male in this event ever. Cole finished 3rd overall in the race tying his best finish on the circuit from the November 2nd match. The winner of the race was the Olympic champion from the US, swimming for the LA Current, Ryan Murphy who won in 1:47.48.

No 200m IM this weekend for Pratt who had two other relay lead-out events lined up for the day’s racing - first the 4x100m Free relay and then the 4x100m Medley relay.

Pratt’s best time in the 100m freestyle was done last match when he led his team out in a 48.48 (23.47/25.01) which did drop his best by a full second from previous. Here today he tried something a little different, a little sneaky and something we hadn’t seen before - he did his streamline underwater off of all the turn walls…on his back! Right up until the point he flipped over for the breakout Cole was on his back - hitting 23.46 this time and then 24.72 on the way back for a final time and new best at 48.18. The Toronto B team he was on finished 8th overall in the field.

The last race for our Cascade swimmer was the 4x100m Medley relay where Cole was once again in the lead-out role against a strong field. Cole’s best ever lead-out was 51.55 from he previous match (25.25/26.30) while he best time is 51.27 also from match #9. Out in a very quick 25.06 and back in 26.24 he was just 3/100ths of a second off of his best ever setting himself up for a strong showing tomorrow and maybe even a crack at sub-51.

Racing continues tomorrow at the exact same time and exact same place at 10:00AM local Calgary time.

Toronto Titans Highlight Reel on Day 1

Kelsey Wog almost nipped Lilly King at the finish in the 200m breaststroke narrowly missing the Canadian record in a time of 2:17.19. Finlay Knox, formerly of Okotoks and long time racer seen at so many of our Cascade meets, broke his own Canadian record in the men’s 200IM - correction, he absolutely crushed it by a second and a half. 1:53.67 for Knox bettering the old mark from about a year ago of 1:55.10. Also, in a monster of a swim of his own, Caeleb Dressel just missed the world’s record in the 50m freestyle swimming 20.28 - just 4/100ths off.

Day 1 Team Standings Semi-Final #2

1. Cali Condors 282.0 points

2. LA Current 255.0 points

3. Team Iron 173.0 points 

4. Toronto Titans 171.0 points

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