The Cali Condors have finalized their roster for the 2019 International Swimming finale in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 20th and 21st. With rumors swirling about teams that might pick up the remaining ‘impact’ swimmers who have not yet committed to ISL teams for the inaugural season, there are no real surprises on the Condors’ roster.
That’s in line with what we’ve seen from them all season. While other clubs have scrambled to pick up pieces as swimmers dropped out, got injured, or had to miss meets for various reasons, the Condors have held a pretty stable roster throughout the season.
The only swimmer on their ‘extended roster’ who won’t attend the meet will be Australian Jack Cartwright. They had to leave 1 male swimmer home to reduce their roster to the requisite maximum of 14 men and 14 women, and Cartwright was the odd man out – which is not a big surprise given that he didn’t swim at any of the team’s regular season meets either. His participation felt like a long shot anyway after injuries kept him out of the summer championship season.
The Condors won the first 2 meets of the 2019 ISL season in Indianapolis and Naples, but were ultimately upended in a down-to-the-wire win by the LA Current at the U.S. Derby meet.
Still, with Caeleb Dressel, who is the frontrunner to win the MVP Award in the finals meet (he missed Indianapolis, which pretty well eliminates him from season MVP), the Condors will be in contention at every meet. Dressel is a heavy favorite to win the triple-points skins race at the end of the meet. The Condors also have an ‘ace’ in Lilly King, who has not yet lost an individual race this season, going 9-for-9 in the breaststrokes through 3 meets.