Caeleb Dressel & Simone Manuel Absent From Any ISL Roster

After formally announcing four of its inaugural season rosters last week, the International Swimming League (ISL) held a press conference this afternoon to announce rosters for the final four teams – New York (NY) Breakers, Los Angeles (LA) Current, Team Iron, and London Roar.

While portions of the European rosters (Team Iron and London Roar) may have already been public knowledge from one-by-one announcements via social media posts, today’s announcement rounds out the rosters.

The majority of swimming stars from around the world have signed with a team; however, there are still several who have not – for unknown reasons that will vary from individual to individual. Most notably on the United States’ side, 2016 Olympic gold medalists Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel are absent from any roster as of today. That’s not to say that either of them, or any of the athletes listed below, will not have the opportunity in the future to sign with a team.

Other notable absentees from the United States include: Gunnar Bentz, Conor Dwyer, Robert Howard, Tate Jackson, Allison Schmitt, Micah Sumrall, and Dana Vollmer among others.

Other notable international absentees include: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), James Wilby (GBR), Bruno Fratus (BRA), Mehdy Metella (FRA), Piero Codia (ITA), Andrii Govorov (UKR), Tamas Kenderesi (HUN), Mack Horton (AUS), Grant Irvine (AUS), Bradley Woodward (AUS), Josh Beaver (AUS), Shane Ryan (IRE), Pernille Blume (DEN), Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), Erin Gallagher (RSA), and Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) among others.

As a reminder, the ISL format will be in short course meters (SCM) and will not include distance events (400 IM, 800/1,500 free), thus explaining the absence of an abundance of distance swimmers not as well-suited to the format.

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eagleswim
2 years ago

there are some pretty high-powered names on that list… surprising

Tupperware
Reply to  eagleswim
2 years ago

In some ways, it makes sense though – they would be getting calls from every single roster, they may still be negotiating

Easy E
Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago

Are there caps? What if they are priced out or priced themselves out on accident. There’s only so much money to go around unfortunately

JimSwim22
Reply to  Easy E
2 years ago

It’s like an economics lesson

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Easy E
2 years ago

As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been any explanation of finances at all (i.e. contracts, potential salary caps, salary minimums, incentives, etc). It’s a private entity, so I’m guessing they don’t have to divulge any of that information, and probably won’t if that’s the case.

Ehm
2 years ago

Also Matt Josa’s a big name that isn’t on any roster I’ve seen

spectatorn
2 years ago

is Joseph Schooling on any team?

Swimming4silver
Reply to  spectatorn
2 years ago

i guess Asians decided to skip it all together…

spectatorn
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

too bad… hope there will be more Asian swimmers joining. Siobahn Haughey signed with DC Trident, maybe there is still hope for more to join.

Swimming4silver
Reply to  spectatorn
2 years ago

she trains in the US. but yeah. feel weird than no more asians will be competing.

Admin
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

I think the Asians have far less financial incentive to compete, with a home Olympics coming up. Those who medal in Tokyo 2020 will become fabulously wealthy. Asian swimmers in general receive better financial support than their counterparts. Even bigger for athletes in some countries, like South Korea: Olympic medals can get them out of mandatory military service.

It just isn’t worth the risk. ISL money is a nice starting point, but at the end of the day, the top competitors in year 1 might make $50k or so all-in. That doesn’t really move the needle in Asia versus what an Olympic medal will earn them.

Pvdh
2 years ago

They’re going to the lakers

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

More likely she’s going to the Lakers, and Dressel’s going to the Pelicans.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

The Lonzo Ball of U.S. swimming.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

@ Ol’ Longhorn: Is there a loud-mouthed Lavar Dressel in the picture we haven’t heard about?

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I don’t know about that, but Ol’ Longhorn would make a good Lavar Ball.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

I just need a third over-hyped (beyond Schooling and Dressel) “son.”

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

@Ol’ Longhorn: Lavar’s middle son is LiAngelo (you may remember him from his shoplifting episode in 2017 in China — representing UCLA at the time). LiAngelo is often called the “Fredo of Lavar’s 3 sons.” Who would your swimming equivalent be?

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

You are entitled to your opinion, but three individual World titles and 4 relay gold for Dressel in 2017 WC and a 2016 Olympic champion for Schooling one might saw they are in rare company at the beginning of their pro careers.

Really
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

You already have MA….

DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

Where is Adrian?

Swimming4silver
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

he is in… according to his IG post…

spectatorn
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

this is part of his post:
“Excited to announce that I am part of the bearbro contingent that is joining the @lacurrent_isl !”

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  spectatorn
2 years ago

Nice!

Admin
Reply to  DEAN IS GOD
2 years ago

He announced he’s joining the Current just after the presser. Which several athletes have been doing. Very weird timing – and makes it very hard to cover.

sscommenter
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

very peculiar for how long the build-up was. Not saying this is an easy undertaking, but not as buttoned-up as one would hope

Swammer
2 years ago

Jacob molacek. A bit of a smaller name but still notable.

Daboss
2 years ago

More power to Dressel – He does not need to join a bunch of wannabe people. As far as Manuel – she is over the hill and will not be any good to any of these hinkey teams. All this ISL stuff is crap anyway.

Fishy
Reply to  Daboss
2 years ago

FINA is that you?

Sccoach
Reply to  Daboss
2 years ago

What’s a “wannabe person?”

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

If she’s a wannabe anything than what the hell are the rest of us

JimSwim22
Reply to  Here Comes Lezak
2 years ago

I know, now I wannabe a wannabe like her!

Daboss
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

People not in the same league as Dressel – That is a fact.

Jack
Reply to  Daboss
2 years ago

Daboss, you mean like Katie Ledecky?

Daboss
Reply to  Jack
2 years ago

Dressel is MUCH faster than Ledecky – FACT.

Eagleswim
Reply to  Daboss
2 years ago

Peaty, Ledecky, Murphy, Adrian, etc. are all not in the same league as Dressel? Give me a break haha

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Eagleswim
2 years ago

Even Phelps is inferior to dressel. Obviously Dressel’s 2017-18 is better than phelps’ dominance for over a decade haha

Phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

Better than 2007 Melbourne??

Daboss
Reply to  Phelps swims 200 breast rio
2 years ago

Dressel and his agent realize ISL is a joke. They have other plans which will lead to great things for this amazing athlete.

liv.a
Reply to  Eagleswim
2 years ago

Peaty, Murphy and Ledecky are individual world record holders and Olympic champions. So no, they’re not in the same leage as Dressel. They’re higher.

sscommenter
Reply to  Daboss
2 years ago

hardooooooo

Jeff
2 years ago

Wouldn’t get too worried yet. Most teams still have 3-5 spots to fill up.