Articles by Braden Keith

Data Dump: Evaluating the 2021 ISL Draft/Recruiting Process

With the help of Barry Revzin, we’ve gone through and run the numbers and analyzed the results of the ISL’s 2021 recruitment process.


Ferry Weertman, Olympic Gold Medalist in Open Water Swimming, Retires at 29

Dutch open water swimmer Ferry Weertman has retired after an 8-year international career that included a 2016 Olympic gold medal and 2017 World Championship.


Psych Sheets Drop for 2021 Winter Junior Championships (East & West)

After rewriting the 13-14 record books at US Open last week, Thomas Heilman is scheduled to race in Greensboro this weekend.


RUSADA Appoints Veronika Loginova as New Director General with WADA Approval

The Russian Anti-Doping Association (RUSADA) has appointed a new director general, a year after dismissing the prior permanent director.

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16-Year Old Diggory Dillingham Swims 19.88 in 50 Free in Oregon

Diggory Dillingham, son of Bend Swim Club head coach Megan Oesting, broke the Oregon LSC Record in the 50 yard free on Sunday in Corvallis.


Sarah Sjostrom Tops All Earners in 2021 ISL Season With $269,125

In total, the league awarded almost $6.9 million in prize money during the 2021 International Swimming League season, led by Sarah Sjostrom (above).


Texas Women Are First Program in History with 3 1:52 Butterfliers in One Season

Led by sophomore Emma Sticklen, who swam 1:52.47 in prelims, Texas had three swimmers go 1:52s on Saturday. No college team has ever done that before.


Regan Smith Takes Down 2nd-Oldest U.S. Open Championship Record in 200 Back

Only one U.S. Open Championship Record is older than the 200 backstroke record that Regan Smith broke on Saturday. The old mark was set by Hayley McGregory in 2008.


LSU Women Top Tulane for 31st Time in Program History

The LSU women won their 29th-straight dual meet against in-state foes Tulane on Saturday by a margin of 203-97.

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ISL Releases Underwater Footage of Lilly King’s Disqualified Breaststroke Turn

In slow motion, by the strictest interpretation, the disqualification was probably right; but, it is really difficult to see at full speed.


Sarah Sjostrom Wraps Up Finals, Season MVP Double to Finish ISL 2021 Season

Sarah Sjostrom is the International Swimming League MVP for the 2nd time in 3 seasons, and this year doubled up as the Finals MVP.


Tom Shields, Mikaela Dahlke Leave Empty Lanes for LA Current in 200 Fly

Tom Shields (above) and Mikaela Dahlke both left empty lanes in teh 200 butterfly on Saturday in the ISL finale, resulting in 8 penalty points for the LA Current.

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WATCH: US Open Day 3 Race Videos, Including Ledecky 1:55 in 200 Free

Katie Ledecky continued her hot meet with a new US Open Championship Record of 1:55.47 in the 200 free. Also featured: another Thomas Heilman National Age Group Record.

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Anna Elendt Breaks Texas School Record in 100 Breast Ahead of Jacoby’s Arrival

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby will arrive in Texas next fall, but Longhorn sophomore Anna Elendt is doing her own work to establish the program’s breaststroke group.


2021 U.S. Open Championships Live Recap: Day 3

Katie Ledecky set a championship record in the 200 meter freestyler in prelims on Friday at the U.S. Open. She’ll race as the top seed in Friday’s final.