The International Swimming League (ISL) “Play-off phase” is set to get underway on Thursday in Eindhoven, and some of the league’s best clubs are receiving reinforcements in the pursuit of championship glory.
Among the eight clubs that have qualified to compete in the six-match playoffs, seven have revealed their rosters to SwimSwam, though it needs to be acknowledged that the lineups for each specific match are expected to vary, especially early on.
The Aqua Centurions are the only club that has not released their playoff roster.
Below, we’ll take a brief overview of the changes the seven other clubs have made to their rosters compared to the regular season.
The defending champions have received a massive boost with the addition of the ever-versatile Hali Flickinger, who was the 13th-highest scorer during the 2020 season. The club also adds 200 fly specialist Eddie Wang on the men’s side, who scored 49 points across four matches last season.
|Khader Baqlah||Erika Brown|
|Marcin Cieslak||Kelsi Dahlia|
|Kevin Cordes||Kathrin Demler|
|Caeleb Dressel||Maaike de Waard|
|Nic Fink||Sherridon Dressel|
|Townley Haas||Emily Escobedo|
|Oleg Kostin||Hali Flickinger|
|Kacper Majchrzak||Molly Hannis|
|Angel Martinez||Natalie Hinds|
|Tomas Peribonio||Lilly King|
|Jesse Puts||Leonie Kullman|
|Justin Ress||Beata Nelson|
|Coleman Stewart||Marie Pietruschka|
|Mark Szaranek||Katerine Savard|
|Eddie Wang||Olivia Smoliga|
|Brodie Williams||Anastasia Sorokina|
The biggest addition for 2019 champion Energy Standard comes in the form of Great Britain’s James Guy, who takes over for Italian Marco De Tullio. Guy competed for the London Roar last season and is a versatile option across free, fly and relay events.
|Maddy Banic||Adam Barrett|
|Evgenia Chikunova||Simonas Bilis|
|Georgia Davies||James Guy|
|Victoriya Gunes||Kliment Kolesnikov|
|Mary-Sophie Harvey||Chad le Clos|
|Siobhan Haughey||Felipe Lima|
|Femke Heemskerk||Travis Mahoney|
|Benedetta Pilato||Florent Manaudou|
|Helena Rosendahl-Bach||Clement Mignon|
|Simona Kubova||Ben Proud|
|Janja Segel||Evgeny Rylov|
|Anastasiya Shkurdai||Ilya Shymanovich|
|Sarah Sjostrom||Max Stupin|
|Fanny Teijonsalo||Charlie Swanson|
|Jessica Vall||Andrey Zhilkin|
A top contender through the first two seasons of the ISL, London will need a breakthrough to reach the top of the mountain this season, especially with the continued absence of Australian sprinter Cate Campbell.
Campbell remains out for the Roar, but they could potentially get back men’s breaststroking star Adam Peaty, who was recently eliminated from the British dance show Strictly Come Dancing. Peaty is on the roster, but if or when he shows up in Eindhoven remains to be seen.
Men’s breaststroke was a weak spot for the Roar this season, so the addition of Prigoda and potentially Peaty could be huge for them.
|Adam Peaty||Alia Atkinson|
|Christian Diener||Annie Lazor|
|Duncan Scott||Emma McKeon|
|Dylan Carter||Freya Anderson|
|Edward Mildred||Ilaria Bianchi|
|Guilherme Guido||Jenna Laukkanen|
|Katsumi Nakamura||Katie Shanahan|
|Kenzo Simons||Kim Busch|
|Kirill Prigoda||Kira Toussaint|
|Kyle Chalmers||Laura Lahtinen|
|Luke Greenbank||Marie Wattel|
|Ross Murdoch||Minna Atherton|
|Samuel Williamson||Sydney Pickrem|
|Teppei Morimoto||Valerie van Roon|
Like the three teams listed above them in this article, the LA Current have qualified for the ISL Final in each of the past two years. A third straight appearance looked to be far from a sure thing given the strength showed by the Toronto Titans in 2021, but the Current will receive a massive boost for the playoffs that could very well push them over the Canadian-based club.
Ryan Murphy, the third-highest scorer in the 2020 ISL season, will join the Current for the playoffs after missing the entire regular season. Murphy averaged more than 58 points per match in 2020 and could be a game-changer if he’s able to race the backstroke skins during the playoffs (he won the event four times last season).
Also coming into the fold for the playoffs is Greek sprinter Kristian Gkolomeev, who scored 71 points in four matches last year and gives the club flexibility in the men’s sprint free and relay events.
The Titans were recently dealt a blow when freestyler Blake Pieroni announced that he injured his knee and would miss the playoffs.
|Anika Apostalon||Tobias Bjerg|
|Lisa Bratton||Sergey Fesikov|
|Tessa Cieplucha||Brent Hayden|
|Michelle Coleman||Yuri Kisil|
|Candice Hall||Luc Kroon|
|Louise Hansson||Marius Kusch|
|Julia Hassler||Jay Lelliott|
|Kylie Masse||Max Litchfield|
|Summer McIntosh||Anton McKee|
|Kaersten Meitz||Grigori Pekarski|
|Larissa Oliveira||Blake Pieroni|
|Kayla Sanchez||Cole Pratt|
|Laura Stephens||Alberto Razzetti|
|Dominika Sztandera||Shane Ryan|
|Kasia Wasick||Fabian Schwingenschlogl|
|Kelsey Wog||Lorenzo Zazzeri|
The Iron roster for the playoffs remains largely unchanged compared to the regular season, though they will gain Serbian sprinter Andrej Barna.
The club will also be without Turkish breaststroker Emre Sakci, who was a star in 2020 but only raced twice in the Season 3 regular season and combined for 24.5 points.
Katinka Hosszu, who didn’t race in the regular season despite being on the roster and attending meets, remains in the lineup but it’s not confirmed that she will race.
|Ranomi Kromowidjojo||Thom de Boer|
|Katinka Hosszú||Leonardo Santos|
|Melanie Henique||Nicholas Santos|
|Ida Hulkko||Guilherme Basseto|
|Maria Ugolkova||Marco Orsi|
|Veronika Andrusenko||Mikhail Vekovischev|
|Emilie Beckmann||Bernhard Reitshammer|
|Barbora Seemanova||Matt Richards|
|Ingeborg Vassbakk Loyning||Kirill Strelnikov|
|Jenna Strauch||Luiz Altamir Melo|
|Costanza Cocconcelli||Lorenzo Mora|
|Africa Zamorano Sanz||Erik Persson|
|Alys Thomas||Andrej Barna|
|Silvia Scalia||Robert Glinta|
|Casey Fanz||Maxim Lobanovszkij|
Coming off an emotional victory in the Play-In Match to qualify for the playoffs, the DC Trident lose a pair of prominent figures on the men’s side for the postseason in the form of Jacob Pebley and Zach Apple.
Pebley was the second-highest scoring swimmer on the men’s side for DC during the season with 101.5 points, while Apple largely underwhelmed in 2021 (9.2 points/match) compared to his standout showing in Season 2 (29.75 points/match).
|Bailey Andison||Tommy Cope|
|Tatiana Belonogoff||Felipe Franca|
|Annika Bruhn||Zane Grothe|
|Ali DeLoof||Zach Harting|
|Joanna Evans||Ryan Hoffer|
|Maddie Groves||Jay Litherland|
|Bella Hindley||Drew Loy|
|Anna Hopkin||Cody Miller|
|Zsu Jakabos||Camden Murphy|
|Madison Kennedy||Mark Nikolaev|
|Linnea Mack||Mohammed Samy|
|Klaudia Nazieblo||Aleksandr Shchegolev|
|Leah Neale||Serhii Shevtsov|
|Rachel Nicol||Velimir Stjepanovic|
|Ting Wen Quah||Andreas Vazaios|