Adam Peaty, James Guy, Mireia Belmonte Return for London Roar in Budapest

The reinforcements are arriving for the London Roar for week 2 of the International Swimming League – not that they really needed any. After beating the LA Current by 27.5 points in Lewisville last weekend, the Roar will head into week 2 even stronger. With the Current roster getting weakened for the team’s 2nd meet due to some key absences, like Kathleen Baker, week 2 could turn into a runaway for the Roar.

Joining the team will be British swimmers Adam Peaty and James Guy and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte. Peaty’s coach Melanie Marshall and Belmonte’s coach Fred Vergnoux will also join the team’s staff for week 2.

Peaty missed last week while with Marshall and another group on a training camp in the United States. Guy, meanwhile, didn’t attend the British training camps that kept most of their swimmers out last week, but instead was in Manchester racing at a local meet, which was also in short course meters.

As for Belmonte, no official word was given as to why she missed the Lewisville meet, though she did pull out of a FINA World Cup meet a week earlier with stomach issues. Belmonte has battled ongoing health problems over the last couple of years that has limited her success at meets like the World Championships, but her versatility, especially across events like the 400 IM, 200 fly, and 400 free, that are fairly thin internationally, will still play a big role for the Roar.

To make room on the roster, Holly Hibbott and Matthew Wilson won’t race in Budapest. Wilson won the 200 breast, was 5th in the 100 breast, 4th in the 50 breast, and 4th in the 200 IM, scoring him 23 individual points at the meet.  Hibbott finished 4th in the 200 free and won the 400 free, giving her 14 individual points in the meet. Both were part of a surprising group of lesser-known Roar members that well outperformed expectations in their week 1 win.

Even as great as Peaty is, to match Wilson’s multitude of contributions he’ll probably have to swim the 200 breaststroke in addition to his preferred 50 and 100 meter distances. He’s not as good in short course as he is in long course, so he is beatable in both of those events, though he’ll be the favorite due to his starpower.

Belmonte and Peaty have been named the team’s co-captains for the meet.

London Roar Roster – ISL Budapest

  • Adam Peaty (Co-Captain)
  • Alex Graham
  • Bogi Kapas
  • Bronte Campbell
  • Bruno Fratus
  • Cam McEvoy
  • Cate Campbell
  • Christian Diener
  • Elijah Winnington
  • Emma McKeon
  • Finlay Knox
  • Guido Guilherme
  • Holly Barratt
  • James Guy
  • Jeanette Otteson
  • Jess Hansen
  • Kirill Prigoda
  • Kyle Chalmers
  • Marie Wattel
  • Minna Atherton
  • Mireia Belmonte (Co-Captain)
  • Peter Bernek
  • Sarah Vasey
  • Sydney Pickrem
  • Taylor McKeown
  • Vini Lanza
  • Yuri Kisil

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3 years ago

Watched this guy train at Pine Crest for three weeks. One take away from that is he is perfect!!! He is perfect in what he does before, during and after practice. Total pro with an amazing ability to make it seem easy while doing incredible things on daily basis. Class act as well awesome role model for our kids. All the best AP!!!

3 years ago

I was looking forward to seeing Duncan Scott on the team this week. 🤷‍♂️

Miss M
3 years ago

Hibbott is one of the few members of the Roar that is not Australian!

Reply to  Miss M
3 years ago

Very Australian led team, but 16 names on that list are non-Australian, and a few more non-Australians will be added for finals I think.

Captain Ahab
3 years ago

Konstantin Grigorishin and Ali Khan should add mono fin racing to the ISL

3 years ago

Hibbott and Wilson both scored pretty well so we’ll see how much of a boost the team actually gets after replacing them. Who’ll swim the men’s 200 IM? Who’ll swim the women’s 200 free?

Reply to  BairnOwl
3 years ago

With Peaty in for the breast, Prigoda will swim IM I think, he has been 1.59 LC and 1.53 SC. I’d put McKeon & Ottesen on 100fl and move Wattel to 200fr (1.54 SC & 1.58 LC).

3 years ago

Did we leave Duncan Scott in Korea to protest against Sun Yang?

Reply to  DBSwims
3 years ago

British swimming released pictures a couple of days ago which seemed to show that Scott and O Connor are still at the training camp in the US.

3 years ago

Guy and Peaty should be very helpful additions to London Roar in terms of helping them extend their lead. Belmonte is a bit of a question mark though as she seemed out of shape at worlds and then a couple of weeks later she did some decent times at the World Cup. Therefore, it’s hard to get a gauge on what sort of shape she is in.

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

Belmonte seems to be struggling with injuries. As you said she seemed off at Worlds but was looking much better relatively soon after

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
3 years ago

Belmonte is a great enigma. Everything around her is obscure. But one thing is true: she wants the Olympic bill next December in Amsterdam. Don’t expect much from her now.

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