Peaty, Guy, Scott, Belmonte All Absent from London Roar Roster for Lewisville

The London Roar will send a roster of 13 men and 13 women to their first-ever International Swimming League (ISL) meet this coming weekend in Lewisville, Texas. Competition will run October 19th and 20th.

The team will be without many of its biggest stars: specifically its British contingent, who are elsewhere in the United States on a training trip in Arizona. Among those absent: Adam Peaty, the World Record holding breaststroker who is arguably the most dominant in his events in the world (though not as much in short course as long course).

The team will also be missing Spaniard Mireia Belmonte. No reason for her absence is given, though she did withdraw from last weekend’s FINA World Cup with a stomach issue. She has been dealing with ongoing health issues over the last 2 years that led to her finishing no higher than 8th (in both the 800 and 1500 freestyles) at the World Championships. In peak form, the 28-year old Belmonte would be one of the most valuable swimmers in the league – she has 4 Olympic medals, and at the 2014 World Short Course Championships won 4 individual gold medals in a marathon schedule that included 200 fly, 400 IM, 400 free, and 800 free.

With only 14 announced men and 15 announced women coming into this week, a few new names have appeared on the Roar roster to help fill their roster for the absences.

Missing from Lewisville Roster:

Added to Lewisville Roster:

While the absence of a true superstar like Peaty hurts the Roar’s roster, they are still well-covered in the breaststrokes thanks to Russia’ Kirill Prigoda, who was the 2018 World Short Course Champion in the 200 breaststroke; and Matthew Wilson, who rose to a surprise silver in the 200 breaststroke at last summer’s World Championships in long course.

The bigger hit will be to their men’s and mixed relays, especially, without James Guy and Duncan Scott. Guy was 7th at the World Championships in the 100 fly while Scott took a bronze medal in the 200 free and finished 5th in the 200 IM. ALong with Peaty, they made up three-fourths of Great Britain’s gold medal winning and European Record 400 medley relay, with Scott and Guy both swimming in finals on the country’s 5th-place 400 free and 800 free relays.

The additions of Peter Bernek and Bruno Fratus will help a little there, though neither is a perfect fit. Fratus is almost exclusively a 50 meter swimmer at this point of his career, while Bernek will help cover for Duncan and Guy in the 200 (1:47.4/1:42.4 bests) and 400 (3:46.2/3:34.3) bests, but isn’t as good in the 100 (50.2/48.8 bests). He is a better short course swimmer than long course swimmer, generally, so he should still be able to help with the London relays alongside Kyle Chalmers and Cam McEvoy, who in long course are the #2 and #3 all-time performers in textile suits.

The team also still has the best women’s sprint group in the league, including Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon. That group is the 3 fastest legs of 4 that own the current World Record in the women’s 400 free relay.

The London Roar will compete against the New York Breakers, LA Current, and Iron this weekend in Lewisville. For all 4 teams, which make up “Group B” of the league, this is their debut after “Group A” swam the last 2 weekends in Indianapolis and Naples, Italy. For London, the goal will be to keep themselves in close enough contention to Iron at this meet to have a chance at making up ground later in the season. From Group A, Energy Standard won both meets and is a near-lock for Vegas, while Aqua Centurions lost both meets and are essentially eliminated from championship contention.

London Roar roster for Lewisville stop of ISL 2019:

Men Women
Alexander Graham Boglarka Kapas
Bruno Fratus Bronte Campbell
Cam McEvoy Cate Campbell
Christian Diener Emma McKeon
Elijah Winnington Holly Hibbott
Finlay Knox Holly Barratt
Guilherme Guido
Jeanette Otteson
Kirill Prigoda Jess Hansen
Kyle Chalmers Marie Wattel
Matt Wilson Minna Atherton
Peter Bernek Sarah Vasey
Vini Lanza Sydney Pickrem
Yuri Kisil Taylor McKeown

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Drewbrewsbeer
1 year ago

Bummer

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
1 year ago

LA’s gonna dominate

BairnOwl
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
1 year ago

I don’t know about that. London Roar’s women’s team looks very strong.

Swimming4silver
1 year ago

Adam Peaty is in Miami. Why he couldn’t make a stop in Dallas before going to camp in Arizona?

SprintDude9000
Reply to  Swimming4silver
1 year ago

Because he is a massive hypocrite, evidently.

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  SprintDude9000
1 year ago

What’d I miss?

Olympian
Reply to  SprintDude9000
1 year ago

Adam blasts FINA and widely supports the ISL.
FINA comes up with the Champions Series, Adam’s out.
Adam comes up with his own team for the ISL and skip the season opener…

Hard to disagree with you, in the end of the day everybody’s just watch their tails.

Eric Cartmenez
Reply to  SprintDude9000
1 year ago

I think what you are seeing is pressure from British Swimming. It’s all well and good to say you are going to attend these meets but if it doesn’t line up with what your governing body wants and when they control the selection process for the Olympics, then they can exert some pressure on athletes to attend things like training camps. Which it seems could be the case for the British athletes. I reckon peaty and Co’s hands are tied.

Olympian
Reply to  Eric Cartmenez
1 year ago

And that’s exactly what ISL is trying to get rid of

Mike
Reply to  Eric Cartmenez
1 year ago

Time for Adam to walk the talk

Eadara
Reply to  Eric Cartmenez
1 year ago

https://www.bbc.com/sport/swimming/47560598 BBC article: Duncan Scott has British Swimming backing to compete in ISL.
It doesn’t look like the governing body dislikes the meets.

moddiddle
Reply to  Swimming4silver
1 year ago

Peaty could’ve done what Dressel did and just added something to the extent of “but I’ll be available for the next one!” That way people don’t fill their minds with the worst outcomes.

Jeff
1 year ago

I’ll point out that Lanza, Pickrem, Mckeown and Yuri Kisil aren’t showing up either.

Jeff
Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

Or they just haven’t been named in the article. Hopefully this is the case because I think it would get them out of danger just a bit.

Jeff
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Thank the stars. That should help them with IM and fly events and should save them from a weak performance.

Teddy
1 year ago

Swimmers will probably have to make these meets a priority to make ISL successful…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Teddy
1 year ago

agreed – now is the Opportunity to grow the sport Bigger & wider .

Superfan
1 year ago

When or if they get everyone, they will be really hard to beat!

Jeff
Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

From a relay perspective they are going to be great if they can get their full line up together. Imagine a mixed 4×100 free relay of C1, C2, Scott and Chalmers.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

killer relay for sure

bear drinks beer
1 year ago

The first sentence says they will send 13 men and 13 women, but the roster at the bottom only consists of 11 men and 11 women.

Meeeeee
1 year ago

and thus will be the downfall of the ISL. Never know who’s gonna be at a meet

BairnOwl
1 year ago

I feel like people are being pessimistic about London Roar’s chances. The absence of the British swimmers will hurt, but their roster is so stacked that I don’t think it’s a problem. Despite the name, London Roar is much, much more Australian than it is British.

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