Blake Pieroni Injures Knee, Withdraws From 2021 ISL Playoffs For Toronto

American swimmer Blake Pieroni has withdrawn from the ISL Playoffs with a knee injury, he posted on his Instagram story on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, as a result of picking up again and going too hard, I injured my knee and had to withdraw from the ISL semi-finals,” Pieroni wrote, along with a supportive message to his teammates.

With an expected tight battle between Toronto and the LA Current for 4th and last place in the December ISL Final in Eindhoven, Pieroni’s absence could be enough to swing the pendulum. He averaged 19.25 points per game in the regular season this year, scoring over 20 in each of the team’s first three games before struggling a bit in the team final in Game #9, where he was last in the 50 free and only relay scored points.

The Titans were the first ISL team to announce their Playoff roster to SwimSwam. Only Italy’s Aqua Centurions has not responded to a request for play-off records.

Toronto was the only team to announce a full roster with the maximum 32 athletes. The team says they will not fill Pieroni’s roster spot and will advance to the playoffs with the remaining 31 athletes from their existing playoff roster.

The team is also without Finlay Knox for the playoffs, replacing him with Sergey Fesikov. That is their only other change from their regular season roster. While they performed well in the regular season, finishing 4th, the teams around them have all improved their roster towards the playoffs, while Toronto has now lost two major contributors.

Toronto opens their playoffs in Playoff 2 against London Roar, Toronto Titans, LA Current and Aqua Centurions. That game, while only one of six Playoff games, will be crucial and could very well decide which two teams will join strong favorites Cali Condors and Energy Standard in the final in December.

TORONTO TITANS ROSTER WOMEN – ISL PLAY-OFFS

1 APOSTALON, ANIKAO
2 BRATTON, Lisa
3 HEAT, Tessa
4 COLEMAN, Michelle
5 HALL, Candice
6 HANSSON, Louise
7 HASSLER, Julia
8 MASS, Kylie
9 MCINTOSH, summer
10 MEITZ, Kaersten
11 OLIVEIRA, Larissa
12 SANCHEZ, Kayla
13 STEPHENS, Laura
14 FLATTER, Dominica
15 WASICK, Kasia
16 WOG, Kelsey

ROSTER MEN – ISL PLAY OFFS

1 BJERG, Tobias
2 FESIKOV, Sergej
3 HAYDEN, Brent
4 KISIL, Yuri
5 KROON, Luc
6 KUSCH, Marius
7 LELLIOTT, Jay
8 LITCHFIELD, Max
9 MCKE, Anthony
10 PEKARSKY, Grigory
11 PIERONI, Blake
12 PRATT, Cole
13 RAZZETTI, Alberto
14 RYAN, Shane
15 SCHWINGENSCHLOGL, Fabian
16 ZAZZERI, Lorenzo

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