Dutch Record Holder Kira Toussaint Will Join Iron for European Derby

The Budapest-based Iron team of the International Swimming League (ISL) has finalized its roster for the upcoming European Derby meet in London. That meet is already sold out, and will be held on November 23rd and 24th with sessions starting at 5:00 PM London time both days (Noon US Eastern Time).

Iron has kept most of their nucleus in tact at this meet, especially as compared to most of the other rosters we’ve seen at the two derby meets. The biggest absence is that of Kristof Milak, the 19-year old who broke Michael Phelps’ World Record in the 200 fly this summer at the World Championships. He was the 6th-best ranked Iron swimmer in the MVP standings at the team’s last meet in Budapest, which coincidentally made him only the 4th-best MVP scorer on IRON, which had a great meet to finish 2nd in front of a home crowd.

Other more minor absences include Jessica Vall, who swam this past weekend at Spanish Nationals, but who wasn’t on the roster for Budapest and scored just 1 point in Lewisville. She’s a bit superfluous as a breaststroker given that the team already has Alia Atkinson and Jenna Laukkanen. Hungarian Katalin Burian will also miss the meet after a 3-point performance in Budapest. That too, however, could be an upgrade in many ways, because her absence makes room for Dutch backstroker Kira Toussaint to make her ISL debut.

Toussaint has been on an absolute-tear this fall, having broken Dutch Records in the 50, 100, and 200 meter backstrokes in long course and the 50 and 100 backstrokes in short course. She’ll be an upgrade for Iron in the 50 and 100 backstrokes over Mie Nielsen, and based on form, could even be an upgrade in the 200 backstroke over Burian.

Depending on who all Energy Standard and the London Roar are missing at this meet (a few Australians are expected to miss the meet for London), this puts Iron in a position to, conceivably, win the meet. The complication for them is that even winning the meet (probably) won’t be enough for them to advance to the Las Vegas final, thanks to the London Roar and Energy Standard each having earned the maximum 8 season points by winning both of their meets so far this season.

For them to qualify for Las Vegas, they would need to win the meet, have either Energy Standard or London Roar finish last (including behind the Aqua Centurions, who have been 4th in both of their meets so far), and that team that finished last would have to be around 200 points behind Iron.

Still, it would be a big statement if Iron won the European derby, and could springboard them into bigger success next season if it can help them attract a little more depth. The team’s top-end swimmers are as good as anybody’s in the league, but they struggle to rack up big points via multiple relays in the top 4 and avoiding 7th and 8th place finishes like some of the other top teams have been able to do.

Iron Roster, 2019 European Derby Meet

Ranomi Kromowidjojo Robert Glinta
Alia Atkinson
Vladimir Morozov
Mie Nielsen
Peter John Stevens
Fanny Lecluyse Szebastian Szabo
Maria Ugolkova Pieter Timmers
Kimberly Buys
Jeremy Desplanches
Katinka Hosszu Richard Bohus
Jakabos Zsuzsanna Dominik Kozma
Ajna Kesely Gunnar Bentz
Kim Busch Adam Teledgy
Veronika Andrusenko Ross Murdoch
Jenna Laukkanen
Henrik Christiansen
Valerie Van Roon
Kira Toussaint

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Which Aussies are expected to skip the London meet?

Old Man Chalmers

the SAL gala is this weekend, so I’d say all of them


Doubt it. Roar wouldn’t even get close to fielding a full team without all Australians.

Old Man Chalmers

Atherton, McKeon and C1 (alongside Chalmers, who is already confirmed to be out of this round) have all been nominated for awards, so they are the most likely aussies to be giving the derby a miss


It’d be weird if anyone but Titmus wins either of those 2 awards.

Lane 8

Huge pickup for Iron! Especially with multiple impactful swimmers leaving.


I am assuming that the Campbells will be attending as they have stayed in Europe after the FINA world cup.


Do you mean they went back to Europe after Doha? How do you know?


Instagram! Cate is also one of the captains for the European derby, so we can assume that she’ll be there at least.


Minna’s also on the advertising for the London meet.



Also, Emma is on her way to London now. She posted on. her Instagram


Great news because they cover a lot of events and collect quite a few of the points between them. Should also make sure that London Roar don’t mess up on the night (even though they would probably be ok anyway)


Does anyone know when the rosters for energy standard and London roar will be announced?


Wonderful. Seems like most of the big guns except Chalmers will be there.

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