As we reported, the International Swimming League (ISL) will finally reveal the rosters for two of the four American franchises in a press conference today, Tuesday, June 11th at noon Eastern Time.
The members of European rosters have been steadily been unveiled through social media over the past several weeks, whereby we almost know the entirety of those squads.
It is the American franchises that are surrounded by the most mystery, with only a few hints dropped here and there. For instance, Michael Andrew‘s family owns the New York Breakers, so it’s likely he’ll be competing there, while German media at one point linked Marco Koch to that team as well.
However, Australian media outlet The Daily Telegraph ($), has reported about an hour ago that freestyle ace Ariarne Titmus will be joining the Cali Condors, the San Francisco, CA-based team led by General Manager Jason Lezak.
Titmus has been tearing up the pool in the middle distance freestyle events over the past year, including taking double gold in the 400m and 800m freestyle events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 18-year-old St. Peters Western star followed that up 400m and 800m silver medals behind American Katie Ledecky at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, scoring Australian and Oceanic Records in each.
Just this week while competing at the Aussie World Swimming Trials, Titmus pounded out yet another record in the 400m free, a time of 3:59.35 to sit only .07 behind leader Ledecky in the season’s world rankings. Titmus also produced a 1:55.09 for silver in the 200m free, but holds the top time in the world for 2019 in 1:54.30.
Ledecky has already signed on as an ambassador for the ISL, but we simply don’t know which team yet to know if Titmus and her American rival will be friends or foes as the inaugural season unfolds.
Other Australians already committed to ISL teams include Kaylee McKeown heading to the Aqua Centurions, while Cate and Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Minna Atherton, Holly Barratt, Jess Hansen, Taylor McKeown, Kyle Chalmers, Elijah Winnington, Alex Graham, Matthew Wilson and Cameron McEvoy are signed up for London Roar.
A few notable Aussies left to join a team, who may wind up being announced today along with Titmus include: Mack Horton, Jack McLoughlin, Grant Irvine, David Morgan, Brianna Throssell, Madi Wilson, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Laura Taylor, Kiah Melverton, Emily Seebohm, Mitch Larkin, Clyde Lewis and more.