After Energy Standard lost 2 huge names from their team for the inaugural International Swimming League (ISL) season in 2019, they’ve picked up Estonian international Kregor Zirk to supplement their roster. Kirk is also a member of the Energy Standard training group, which makes up a big chunk of their ISL team, but is not an exclusive one-to-one ratio (other teams have Energy Standard swimmers on their rosters, and Energy Standard has non-club swimmers on theirs).
The 20-year old Zirk was named the Estonian Swimmer of the Year in 2017. He has won several medals at European Junior Championship events, including a bronze in the 100 fly at the 2017 European Juniors and a bronze in the 50 fly at the same meet in 2016.
He currently holds or shares 17 Estonian National Records across 3 different strokes, including 13 individual marks. That versatility makes him quite valuable in the ISL format, where teams have limited rosters with which to fill out their lineups. Zirk, generally, has been better in short course than long course to this point of his career (ISL meets in 2019 will all be in short course meters), but his long course times have progressed more rapidly over the last 18 months.
Zirk’s Best Times in Yards:
While not as fast or as accomplished as either of the two swimmers that Energy Standard has lost recently, Danas Rapsys or Andrei Minakov, Zirk does have the skillset to capably fill most of the lanes left by their departure. While Energy Standard’s is not the deepest team, especially after the recent defections, their top-end talent still rivals most rosters in the league.
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Current Energy Standard Roster, 2019 International Swimming League
|Simonas Bilis||Charlotte Bonnet|
|Anton Chupkov||Imogen Clark|
|Chad Le Clos||Georgia Davies|
|Max Litchfield||Femke Heemskerk|
|Florent Manaudou||Fantine Lesaffre|
|Andrei Minakov||Penny Oleksiak|
|Ben Proud||Kayla Sanchez|
|Mykhailo Romanchuk||Emily Seebohm|
|Sergii Shevtsov||Sarah Sjostrom|
|Ilya Shymanovich||Kierra Smith|
|Maxim Stupin||Rebecca Smith|