DC Trident Add Madeline Groves, Iron Signs Kierra Smith for 2021 Season

The DC Trident and Iron have each made several major additions to their rosters for the 2021 ISL season. 

Although the rosters were initially announced after the end of the free agency period, the updated team rosters on the ISL website feature several swimmers who previously went unannounced. 

The Trident’s biggest addition was Australian star Madeline Groves, who will be entering the league officially for the time in 2021. Groves was originally set to compete for the Aqua Centurions during the 2020 ISL season, but had to withdraw due to pandemic-related travel orders in Australia. 

Groves primarily specializes in the sprint butterfly events, where she could potentially be one of the league’s top performers. At the 2016 Olympic Games, she claimed a silver medal in the 200 butterfly, but did not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after accusing the Australian Swimming Federation of abusing its athletes. Although Groves faced doping controversy after missing several tests in 2017, her case was eventually dismissed, which is why she is still eligible to compete despite the league’s strict anti-doping policies. 

DC Trident Additions: 

Full DC Trident Roster: 

Swimmer Home Country Stroke(s)
Andreas Vazaios Greece IM
Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary Freestyle/IM
Zane Grothe USA Freestyle
Andrew Loy USA Freestyle/IM
Anna Hopkin Great Britain Freestyle
Felipe Silva Brazil Breaststroke
Isabella Hindley Great Britain Freestyle
Mark Nikolaev Russia Backstroke/IM
Mohamed Hassan Egypt
Tommy Cope USA Breaststroke
Velimir Stjepanovic Serbia Freestyle
Alexandra DeLoof USA Freestyle
Zach Apple USA Freestyle
Madison Kennedy USA Freestyle
Bailey Andison Canada IM
Jacob Pebley USA Backstroke
Serhii Shevtsov Ukraine Freestyle
Zach Harting USA Butterfly
Ting Wen Quah Singapore Freestyle, IM
Linnea Mack USA
Aleksandr Shchegolev Russia Freestyle
Annika Bruhn Germany Freestyle
Brianna Throssell Australia Freestyle
Camden Murphy USA
Cody Miller USA Breaststroke
Farida Osman Egypt Butterfly
Jay Litherland USA IM
Joanna Evans Bahamas Freestyle
Klaudia Nazieblo Poland Butterfly
Leah Neale Australia Freestyle
Madeline Groves Australia
Maria Temnikova Russia Breaststroke
Rachel Nicol Canada Breaststroke
Ryan Hoffer USA
Tatiana Belonogoff Russia Breaststroke
Tristan Hollard Australia Backstroke

Iron also added three additional swimmers to their roster, including Candian Olympic finalist Kierra Smith, who previously represented the LA Current in both 2019 and 2020. Smith was a short course star at the University of Minnesota from 2012-2015, winning an NCAA title in the 200 breaststroke in 2015. Smith translated her success into the long course pool, finishing 7th in the 200 breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games. At the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Smith placed 24th overall in the 100 breaststroke and did not qualify to swim the 200 breaststroke. 

Iron Additions: 

Full Iron Roster:

Swimmer Home Country Stroke(s)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands
Katinka Hosszu Hungary IM/Backstroke
Alexandra Touretski Switzerland Freestyle
Emilie Beckmann Denmark Butterfly
Guilherme Basseto Brazil Backstroke
Huseyin Emre Sakci Turkey Breaststroke
Ida Hulkko Finland Breaststroke
Leonardo Coelho Santos Brazil IM
Luiz Melo Brazil Freestyle
Marco Orsi Italy Freestyle/IM
Matt Richards Great Britain Freestyle
Maxim Lobanovszkij Hungary Freestyle
Melanie Henique France
Mikhail Vekovishchev Russia Freestyle
Nicholas Santos Brazil
Thom de Boer Netherlands Freestyle
Veronika Andrushenko Russia Freestyle
Robert Glinta Romania Backstroke
Erik Persson Sweden Breaststroke
David zoltan Verraszto Hungary IM
Kierra Smith Canada Breaststroke
Maria Ugolkova Switzerland IM
Africa Zamorano Sanz Spanish IM/Backstroke
Alys Thomas Great Britain Butterfly
Andrej Barna Serbia Freestyle
Barbora Seemanova Czech Republic Freestyle
Bernhard Reitshammer Austria IM/Breaststroke
Casey Fanz USA Freestyle
Costanza Cocconcelli Italy Freestyle/IM
Danielle Hill Ireland Backstroke
Ingeborg Vassbakk Loyning Norway Backstroke
Jenna Strauch Australian Breaststroke
Kirill Strelnikov Russia Breaststroke
Kristof Milak Hungary Butterfly
Lorenzo Mora Italy Backstroke
Silvia Scalia Italy Backstoke

Note: It was originally reported that German freestyler Lukas Martens was on Team Iron’s roster. This was incorrectly listed on the ISL website, and has been amended in this article.

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Chineeese boy
2 years ago

Medical gaslight in the ISL incoming

2 years ago

What is the planned format for this season? Still Covid isolation? or having meets at various locations with full fan attendance permitted?

Reply to  WahooSwimFan
2 years ago

It will be in one location for the regular season, then playoffs are expected to move.

Not much else about details – I think they’re waiting to see what local regulations are. Right now they’re planning to have fans, but have acknowledged that this could change.

I suspect the bubble won’t be *as* tight as Budapest? But that’s just a guess.

Margalis Stan
2 years ago

What’s the max number of athletes per team? I thought it was 36, but Iron and Toronto currently have 37.

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