The DC Trident will be without Katie Ledecky at this weekend’s U.S. Derby meet at the University of Maryland, but have added Remedy Rule and Claire Rasmus to their roster for what will likely be the team’s final meet of the 2019 International Swimming League season.
Ledecky grew up in Bethesda, about 10 miles from the University of Maryland, but currently lives and trains on the west coast at Stanford University. She swam in the team’s opening meet in Indianapolis, but with the Trident unlikely to qualify for the Las Vegas final, that meet will likely be her only appearance in the inaugural season of the league. The team says she had a pre-planned training block to prepare her for next summer’s Olympic Games.
The team’s new additions both attended college in the state of Texas. Rule, who went to the University of Texas, is a native of Crozet, Virginia, which is only about a 3 hour drive from the University of Maryland. She’s a versatile swimmer who is better in short course than long course and can range from the 50 through 200 freestyles, and also race the 50, 100, and 200 meter butterflies. She’s good enough in the backstroke and IM races, plus the 400 free, to work in a pinch there as well.
Rule was a 7-time CSCAA All-American while at Texas. This will be her first meet of the 2019-2020 season.
Rasmus, meanwhile, attended Texas A&M University, where she was a team captain and won 11 All-America honors there. That includes a 6th-place finish in the 200 free as a junior in 2018. She’s the better middle-distance freestyler of the 2 (1:57.92 in the 200, 4:13.57 in the 400), and is the likely replacement for Ledecky in those events. She should also be a relay contributor with a long course best of 55.0 in the 100 free.
The Trident will also be without Annika Bruhn, who will miss the meet because of the German National Championships, and Australian Brianna Throssell.
The Trident currently rank 3rd in the American standings for the season behind the Cali Condors and LA Current, but ahead of the New York Breakers. It would take a near-miracle scenario for them to advance to December’s final in Las Vegas.
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DC Trident Roster for Maryland Stop of 2019 ISL Season:
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