No Katie Ledecky for Trident at US Derby; Rule and Rasmus Join Roster

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 37

November 13th, 2019 News

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.

Rank Team Season Points Total Meet Points
1 Cali Condors 6 947.5
2 LA Current 5 865
3 DC Trident 4 662.5
4 NY Breakers 2 571

DC Trident Roster for Maryland Stop of 2019 ISL Season:

Zach Apple
Kevin Cordes
Abrahm DeVine
Ian Finnerty
Zane Grothe
Zach Harting
Robert Howard
Jay Litherland
Cody Miller
Giles Smith
Velimir Stjepanovic
Jérémy Stravius
Andreas Vazaios
Tristan Hollard
Anika Apostalon
Emma Barksdale
Lisa Bratton
Natalie Coughlin
Bethany Galat
Sarah Gibson
Siobhán Haughey
Madison Kennedy
Simona Kubová
Leah Neale
Leiston Pickett
Quah Ting Wen
Remedy Rule
Claire Rasmus

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Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

OK. Not too happy Ledecky only went to one ISL meet. I thought she was all in for ISL??

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2 years ago


Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Yea, so much for building the brand. I was going to buy some gear. If she’s not in, neither am I.

2 years ago

This is extremely disappointing. How is she going to show up for the PSS last week and then not come to a meet 20 minutes from her home town? I’m super disappointed at her just blowing off two of the three meets

Reply to  Nate
2 years ago

PSS stands for Professional Swimming Series. There is no shame for professional swimmer to participate at professional meets and to get good money there. Plus I don’t exclude that it was also a requirement from her sponsors.

2 years ago

I really hope in the future ISL considers doing a roster freeze at the start of the season.

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Didn’t you forget that ISL calls itself a professional league. Not explicitly but supposedly. So there should be no moral obligations like you are swimming for national team for instance. The relationships within the league are regulated by contracts only. That is kind of compromise between league’s and athlete’s professional interests. Don’t bring there something that is not supposed to be there by definition of this business. And that is a business first of all on both sides.
Katie Ledecky is predominantly LCM swimmer and performing at high level in prestigious meets is the core of her professional interest. The recent endorsement by VISA is a good example of that. The ISL isn’t in this picture. If ISL interferes… Read more »

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

I wasn’t commenting about Ledecky but the swimmers being added to teams late in the season.

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Yozhik lost himself there …..too funny

2 years ago

Rasmus, Bratton, Galat, Gibson – quite a few Texas A&M postgrads on Trident. Should be a fun meet to attend looking forward to it

2 years ago

The flip side of the argument of why Ledecky would only do 1 meet (other than training/travel) might be that she’s a swimmer who is already making money from endorsements and PSS and whatnot. she could see it as that she’s giving other swimmers an opportunity to make money they wouldn’t be making elsewhere.

Reply to  distanceswammer
2 years ago

I actually did this for the Beijing Olympics. Could’ve easily won 400 IM, but I figured I’d give Phelps the opportunity

2 years ago

Idk what all the fuss is about, I’d much rather see her kick some tail at the Olympics. Its an obvious move for her. It shouldnt be that disappointing to ‘fans’ beause KL is doing KL and shes going to deliver when it counts- and when I think when it matters most to a lot of us and to swimmers.

Reply to  Owlmando
2 years ago

Then don’t swim in the league. Nothing wrong with being selfish for your Olympic needs, but don’t act like you are all in and then bail on a meet in your hometown

2 years ago

Although I’m disappointed, she’s just following the money, which is one of the big points about ISL right? More opportunities for athletes instead of just the FINA meets?

Most of us know that DC Trident, NY Breakers, AquaCenturions, and to a lesser extent Team Iron have no chance to advance to Vegas at this point and many will opt for (better) Olympic performance than stick around for ISL prize money. Hopefully this will change in a non-Olympic year but for now all ISL can do is learn what works and next year immediately following the Olympics it will have a great show to attract more people into watching the sport.

2 years ago

Huge disappointment. I thought it was a good bet she would be at their home meet……and I bought tickets 😩

Reply to  Sportinindc
2 years ago

Don’t be selfish. By buying tickets you made a significant contribution to the success of this movement. You should be proud of yourself as I’m proud of you. You know that to be canonized as saint the person has to sacrifice something valuable and go through suffering. Good luck with that 😀

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Not sure how many people have attained sainthood by attending a sporting event

Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
2 years ago

Don’t you see the guy is in distress and is suffering the painful loss. Give him at least some hope that it will be appreciated from above 😀

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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