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Elite swimmers chat after the 2020 ISL Season 2 final in Budapest (Includes interview)

These swimmers included Emily Seebohm from Energy Standard, Tom Dean from London Roar, Kelsi Dahlia from Cali Condors, and Dylan Carter from Los Angeles Current.

“Something that I learned this ISL season was the importance of being able to ride the ups and downs,” Dylan Carter said. “Six weeks sounds short but it’s a long season and a lot of swims along the way. I try to take the good swims, take the momentum from them, and let the bad swims just fall away.”

“It was such an incredible honor to swim for our General Manager Lenny Krayzelburg,” Carter admitted. “He is an icon of the sport and USC Trojan just like myself. It’s an incredible honor to swim for Lenny and I know every time I go out there representing the Los Angeles Current, I am trying to make him proud.”

Emily Seebohm of Energy Standard

Emily Seebohm of Energy Standard
Mike Lewis, Photo Courtesy of ISL

On the takeaways from this ISL season, Emily Seebohm remarked, “We really came together as a team and I would love to keep that momentum going. Our team comes from different places all around the world, we came together so quickly and that was really impressive. I would love to keep that momentum going. I am really happy with how we all performed, and the Cali Condors were just too good.”

Tom Dean of London Roar

Tom Dean of London Roar
Mike Lewis, Photo Courtesy of ISL

Tom Dean of London Roar stated, “What I’ve learned from this was being able to do back-to-back races and just get up from one to the next. Obviously, they are physically demanding, as well as quite emotionally and mentally demanding. Being able to step up and deliver on back-to-back races in back-to-back days has been really tough. The format of this meet is not like anything else we have done before. It was a big learning curve not just for me but for everyone else as well.”

“Swimming under our General Manager, Rob Woodhouse, has been an absolute honor. Rob is a great leader and he knows swimming inside and out and he is able to lift up the whole team. He has so much for the team, and he has gotten everyone pumped up. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and next season as well,” Dean said.

Kelsi Dahlia of Cali Condors

Kelsi Dahlia of Cali Condors
Mike Lewis, Photo Courtesy of ISL

Regarding her takeaways from this ISL season, Dahlia said, “ISL really emphasizes the racing rather than the times and I was trying to focus on that this season. Nobody has consistent training this year, people swam so fast despite the circumstances. I went in racing and I was really pleased with how we finished this season. I wanted to score the most points for the team. I felt I contributed well.”

“I love working with Jason Lezak. He does a great job of getting our team pumped up, he got to share his relay swim from 2008, and of course, we were all so ready to go race after that. Everyone had goosebumps and was so excited. It has been so fun getting to work with him these past two years,” she said.

The Cali Condors were crowned winners of ISL Season 2 with 561.5 points, followed by Energy Standard in second place with 464.5 points, the London Roar in third place with 391 points, and the Los Angeles Current in fourth place with 298 points.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 18,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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