Iron Announces Roster for Lewisville Debut at International Swimming League

The Hungarian based Iron team of the International Swimming League will make its debut next weekend in Lewisville, Texas

Led by superstar, Olympic champion, and World Record holder Katinka Hosszu, the team will take a roster of 13 women and 12 men to Lewisville. That will leave them with a lot of gaps to fill – teams are allowed to bring 14 athletes of each gender, with 2 of those 14 being relay-only. With just 12 men, especially, that will put a lot of pressure on athletes to load up their schedules with 46 slots to fill for each gender.

Absent from previously-announced rosters for Iron on the men’s side will be Norway’s Henrik Christiansen, Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches, Dutch swimmers Jesse Puts and Arno Kamminga, and Hungarian David Verraszto. Puts and Kamminga, for their part, are both entered in the Martinez Cup this weekend, which is a qualifying meet for the Dutch for the European Short Course Championships. Iron has added another Hungarian, Gergely Gyurta, to their roster for this meet. A distance specialist, who is a former European Champion in the 1500 free, his biggest ISL contribution will be in the 400 free and 400 IM.

The stars of that men’s group are Kristof Milak, who at 19-years old broke Michael Phelps’ World Record in the 200 fly this summer, and Vlad Morozov, who is one of the top short course swimmers in the world and is the current FINA World Cup Series points leader for 2019.

The women’s team is closer to full force for Iron, including Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who is not going to the Martinez meet. The team will, however, be missing another Dutch swimmer, Kira Toussaint, which is a significant blow given that she swam lifetime bests and broke Dutch Records in both the 50 back (27.49) and 100 back (59.46) in long course last weekend in Berlin at the World Cup. She also swam a lifetime best in the 200 back.

The team will have one of the ultimate difference-makers in the series on the women’s side: the team’s star and icon Katinka Hosszu. Hosszu is the winningest swimmer in the history of the FINA World Cup series, easily, and is a 5-time series champion.

The Iron women have also added a last-minute name to their roster: Russia’s Veronika Andrusenko. She is the Russian Record holder in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles in short course meters – the course used in ISL meets.

Iron will also feature Gunnar Bentz: the only American swimmer who is signed with a European team.

Iron will race against the New York Breakers, LA Current, and London Roar this weekend in Lewisville, and the weekend after the group will travel to Budapest for an Iron ‘home’ meet.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo Robert Glinta
Alia Atkinson Vladimir Morozov
Mie Nielsen Peter John Stevens
Fanny Lecluyse Szabó Szebasztián
Jessica Vall Pieter Timmers
Kimberly Buys Milák Kristóf
Hosszú Katinka Bohus Richárd
Jakabos Zsu Kozma Dominik
Késely Ajna Gunnar Bentz
Kim Busch Telegdy Ádám
Veronika Andrusenko Erik Persson
Burián Kata Gyurta Gergely
Jenna Laukkanen

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1 year ago

Is it just me or is it strange that Gunnar Bentz is the only american (I think) that is on a European ISL team.

Reply to  DBSwims
1 year ago

A couple things….Gunnar has been to many intl meets and he probably knows several of his teammates. Also part of the learning experience is to meet new people in this format. There are a few non Americans on the Cali teams and I am sure they fit in well!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DBSwims
1 year ago

Least it sounds like a European name.

1 year ago

Isn’t Cate Campbell the leader in the World Cup Series, not Hosszu?

1 year ago

Weird. Is there reasoning behind this?

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

How Gunnar is on a European team.

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

What is actually “weird” in my opinion is having such separate teams.
I wish there was more diversity regarding the rosters

Old Man Chalmers
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1 year ago


Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

I think this is the first season and swimmers aren’t used to having people from all around ther world in their team on meets. I think Americans, only having once comparison (Duel in the Pool) still have the “TEAM USA vs. THE WORLD” mentality. It’ll change over the next couple of years, I’m sure. Once the tactical aspects of the game have really been driven home by this first season, they’ll make some significant changes to their rosters next year.

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