Japanese superstar Daiya Seto is set to join Team Energy Standard of the International Swimming League (ISL). The addition of Seto comes after the news that World Champion Danas Rapsys and World silver medalist Andrei Minakov dropped off Energy Standard’s roster. Seto is also a world champion, earning 4 LCM and 5 SCM world titles to date.
“I am very happy that I will play a part in this revolutionary new world in swimming, and I am looking forward to my future as part of the Energy Standard team,” Seto said. “I will do my best to contribute as much as I can alongside my teammates.”
Seto is an IM’er and 200 flyer, coming off a 3-medal performance at this summer’s World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He swept the IMs and took Silver in the 200 fly, establishing lifetime bests in both the 200 IM and 200 fly. His 400 IM lifetime best came from this past Summer as well, meaning Seto has posted his personal bests in all 3 of his primary events within the past few months.
Seto is arguably even more accomplished in SCM than LCM, which is excellent news for Energy Standard, given that ISL will be competed in SCM. He is the current World Record holder in the SCM 200 fly, and has accumulated 12 SCM World Championships medals dating back to 2012. He is also the reigning SCM world champion in the 200 fly and 400 IM. He will be joining Chad le Clos in the Energy Standard fly squad, and Le Clos and Max Litchfield in the team’s IM group.
Here are Seto’s personal bests in SCM:
- 200 fly – 1:48.24 (WR)
- 200 IM – 1:51.09
- 400 IM – 3:56.33
Seto is the 2nd Asian swimmer to sign with the league behind only Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey, who lives in the US and trains at the University of Michigan. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games being held in the region, it’s believed that most of the continent’s top swimmers have opted to put their focus there instead of the ISL.
Current Energy Standard Roster, 2019 International Swimming League
|Simonas Bilis||Charlotte Bonnet|
|Anton Chupkov||Imogen Clark|
|Chad Le Clos||Georgia Davies|
|Max Litchfield||Femke Heemskerk|
|Florent Manaudou||Fantine Lesaffre|
|Ben Proud||Penny Oleksiak|
|Mykhailo Romanchuk||Kayla Sanchez|
|Evgeny Rylov||Emily Seebohm|
|Sergii Shevtsov||Sarah Sjostrom|
|Ilya Shymanovich||Kierra Smith|
|Maxim Stupin||Rebecca Smith|