Olympic Champion Simone Manuel to Compete at Energy for Swim

Olympic Champion Simone Manuel has signed a contract to compete in the Energy for Swim 2018 meet.

A rule interpretation by FINA has classified the event as an international competition that needs FINA approval, something the event doesn’t have and doesn’t have time to obtain. FINA rules say that athletes could face bans between one and two years for competing in an unauthorized competition.

Meet organizers say contracted athletes will still be paid 50% of their promised appearance money if the meet is cancelled.

A number of high-profile athletes have publicly signed on to compete at the meet even after FINA’s warning, though it’s still unclear if the meet will proceed (or if all contracted athletes will compete) if the meet remains outside of FINA authorization.

You can see the full list below:


Athlete Nation
1 Adam Peaty GBR
2 Alessandro Miressi ITA
3 Alexandr Krasnykh RUS
4 Anastasia Fesikova RUS
5 Andrew Minakov RUS
6 Arianna Castiglione ITA
7 Bethany Galat USA
8 Cameron van der Burgh RSA
9 Chad Le Clos RSA
10 Chase Kalisz USA
11 Danas Rapsys LTU
12 David Verraszto HUN
13 Duncan Scott GBR
14 Emily Seebohm AUS
15 Federica Pellegrini ITA
16 Femke Heermskerk NED
17 Gabriele Detti ITA
18 Georgia Davies GBR
19 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA
20 Gunnar Bentz USA
21 Jacob Pebley USA
22 James Guy GBR
23 Katie Meili USA
24 Katinka Hosszu HUN
25 Kendyl Stewart USA
26 Kliment Kolesnikov RUS
27 Kristian Gkolomeev GRE
28 Laszlo Cseh HUN
29 Lia Neal USA
30 Lisa Bratton USA
31 Luca Dotto ITA
32 Margherita Panziera ITA
33 Maria Ugolkova RUS
34 Mark Szaranek GBR
35 Max Litchfield GBR
36 Mehdy Metella FRA
37 Michael Andrew USA
38 Michelle Coleman SWE
39 Mikhail Romanchuk UKR
40 Pieter Timmers BEL
41 Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED
42 Ryan Murphy USA
43 Sarah Sjostrom SWE
44 Sergey Fesikov RUS
45 Sergii Shevtsov UKR
46 Simona Quadarella ITA
47 Simone Manuel USA
48 Siobhan O’Connor GBR
49 Tom Shields USA
50 Veronika Andrusenko RUS

SwimSwam is an Energy Standard Group partner. 

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3 years ago

FINA downvote bots working overtime

Reply to  Robby
3 years ago

It’s actually the lawyers handiwork, incurring a cost to their client of US$119.28 per downvote, or so I’ve heard. 😉

3 years ago

If to assume that events of Swim for Energy meet a symmetrical on male and female sides and that organizers of the meet sent invitations correspondingly then we have to conclude that female swimmers are 50% more cautious with signing contract than male counterparts. Simone’s example may make them more decisive.

3 years ago

Why wouldn’t every pro athlete just sign up – they have nothing to lose now, and guaranteed $, either way??

3 years ago

How much are the athletes being paid to attend this meet? Do we know?

3 years ago

History repeats itself…Prefontaine vs. the AAU.

Years of Plain Suck
3 years ago

This is delightful news!

If Manuel can insist that an “inclusion rider” be added to her contract with TYR (for making her promotional media etc), then it’s important that she back that stance up with her participation at this meet.

Way to Simone, good job of walking the talk!

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
3 years ago
3 years ago

Seems like with this one we have fully confirmed the “dare you to suspend me” portion of this battle with FINA.

3 years ago

This is now the biggest non-world champs/olympics meet ever, right?

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 years ago

Would expect so. I think Mare Nostrum used to get a lot of big names in the 90s, but with so many more pros now this is bigger.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 years ago

Certainly of the last 20 years. Hard to make comparisons to pre 90s because the ‘world’ of swimming was much much smaller.

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