The Cali Condors have added a new name to their roster for the 2019 International Swimming League stop at the University of Maryland this weekend. The meet, which runs from November 16th-17th, will be the final regular-season meet for the American teams before the top 2 head to the final in Las Vegas in December.
The new addition to the team is Amanda Weir, a 33-year old veteran who has represented the US at the 2004, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games. Weir joins the team as they lose Danish sprinter Signe Bro for the meet, helping give the Condors a little more sprint depth on the women’s side. Bro made one relay appearance for the Condors at their last meet in Naples, splitting 53.68 on their “B” 400 free relay, and that was the extent of her racing.
Weir, meanwhile, has lifetime bests of 24.18 and 52.95 in the 50 and 100 freestyles in short course meters, respectively, from racing at the 2016 World Short Course Championships. Her efforts earned her gold medals as part of the American teams in the 400 free and 400 medley relays. In total, she has 17 World Championship medals (7 in long course, 10 in short course, all in relays) and 4 Olympic medals (3 silver, 1 bronze, and all in relays).
The biggest hit the team will take on the women’s side, however, is the absence of Ariarne Titmus. The 19-year old Australian, who knocked off Katie Ledecky in the 400 free at this summer’s World Championships, is sitting out from DC after winning the 400 free and placing 2nd in the 200 free in Naples. Katie Ledecky is not expected to race for the DC Trident in Maryland (to be confirmed), so there wasn’t to be another Titmus-Ledecky showdown anyway.
The Cali Condors still have Melanie Margalis in that 400 free, who placed 2nd in the race in Naples, and their next-best option to fill that slot is probably Hali Flickinger.
The Condors will also be without Mitch Larkin for the meet. Larkin, who trains at the same St. Peters Western squad as Titmus. That’s a blow for the Condor men, who were outpaced by their women in scoring at the first 2 meets even when they were joined by Naples MVP Caeleb Dressel. Larkin scored 21 individual points in Naples and swam on 2 relays.
The team will still be a little short-handed in DC, with only 13 men and 12 women on their roster (they’re allowed 14 of each gender). That means extra swims for their athletes.
All of that still doesn’t leave much pressure on the Condors headed into the US Derby. Among the 4 teams that will compete (DC Trident, LA Current, New York Breakers), the Condors will have the smallest hit by absences, and further they’re all-but-guaranteed a spot in Las Vegas after 2nd-place finishes in each of the team’s first 2 meets.
Cali Condors Roster, 2019 ISL Meet – College Park, Maryland
|Bowe Becker||Mallory Comerford|
|Caeleb Dressel||Kelsi Dahlia|
|Nick Fink||Hali Flickinger|
|Townley Haas||Molly Hannis|
|Anton Ipsen||Natalie Hinds|
|Tate Jackson||Lilly King|
|Radoslaw Kawecki||Melanie Margalis|
|Kacper Majchrzak||Kylie Masse|
|Justin Ress||Olivia Smoliga|
|John Shebat||Kasia Wasick (Wilk)|
|Jan Switkowski||Amanda Weir|
|Mark Szaranek||Kelsey Wog|