A cavalcade of Olympic and world champions including Katie Ledecky, Florent Manaudou, Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos joined forces for what they hope will be part of the sport’s future in Indianapolis on Saturday.
The inaugural meeting of the professional International Swimming League (ISL) predictably produced some sizzling times.
More importantly, it showcased a fast-paced team competition more akin to an American university meet than a traditional international competition.
“It was very exciting. This is what we’ve been waiting for,” said Swede Sjostrom, the Olympic 100m butterfly champion.
“It feels like a world champs final with the people behind the blocks.”