IMer Ella Eastin has withdrawn from the International Swimming League, but the LA Current have added Helena Gasson and Claire Rasmus in her absence. They’ve also added Apostolos Christou on the men’s side.
The Current confirmed that Eastin withdrew from the league for personal reasons. She’s now one of a huge group of Stanford-based professional women who will not be competing in the ISL this season. Katie Ledecky was on the DC Trident last season but won’t compete this year, Simone Manuel has never been on an ISL roster, and recently-graduated flyer Katie Drabot also did not appear on a roster this year.
Eastin would have been the team’s top entrant in the 200 and 400 IMs this year, and likely a top 200 fly candidate as well. She finished 57th overall in the league in MVP points despite swimming in just three of LA’s four meets.
In her place, the Current have added two more women and another man:
- 200 SCM IM: 2:09.20
- 400 SCM IM: 4:40.35
- 100 SCM IM: 59.76
- 50 SCM fly: 26.53
- 100 SCM fly: 57.88
- 200 SCM fly: 2:08.65
- 50 SCM breast: 31.86
- 100 SCM breast: 1:07.38
- 200 SCM breast: 2:26.42
- 100 SCM free: 55.34
Gasson hails out of New Zealand. While her IM times aren’t quite on Eastin’s level (Eastin has been 2:05.0/4:26.0), she fills a lot of the same events. LA is pretty loaded in women’s butterfly, but Gasson offers depth there too, especially in the 200.
- 400 SCM free: 4:09.45
- 200 SCY free: 1:43.01
- 100 SCY free: 48.41
- 400 SCY IM: 4:09.45
Rasmus, an American, was on the DC Trident roster last year, though she swam in just one meet, with one event (400 free) and two relays. She fits into a distance free spot where LA is relatively thin, and her 400 IM could also help cover the loss of Eastin.
- 50 SCM back: 23.33
- 100 SCM back: 50.55
- 200 SCM back: 1:51.12
- 100 SCM IM: 53.99
Christou is a Greek Olympian who should add solid depth in the backstrokes. The Current have Ryan Murphy to head up the backstrokes, but Christou gives some more multi-distance options for a team that only has the sprint-based Zane Waddell and was probably going to use butterflyer Tom Shields to fill in some gaps like he did last year.
Full LA Current Roster
|1||Dylan Carter||TTO||Abbey Weitzeil||USA|
|2||Felipe Silva Franca||BRA||Andi Murez||ISR|
|3||Fernando Scheffer||BRA||Beryl Gastaldello||FRA|
|4||Kristian Gkolomeev||GRE||Katie Mclaughlin||USA|
|5||Andrew Seliskar||USA||Kendyl Stewart||USA|
|6||Santiago Grassi||ARG||Kierra Smith||CAN|
|7||Tom Shields||USA||Madison Wilson||AUS|
|8||Zane Waddell||RSA||Makayla Sargent||USA|
|9||Josh Prenot||USA||Anastasia Gorbenko||ISR|
|10||Jacob Heidtmann||GER||Julia Sebastian||ARG|
|11||Tomoe Hvas||NOR||Alexandra Deloof||USA|
|12||Will Licon||USA||Helena Gasson||NZL|
|13||Ryan Murphy||USA||Alyssa Marsh||USA|
|14||Maxime Rooney||USA||Aly Tetzloff||USA|
|15||Marco Ferreira||BRA||Claire Rasmus||USA|