SwimSwam Pulse: 46% Pick Rooney (LAC) Over Stewart (CAC) As Top NCAA-to-ISL Man

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the top male NCAA-to-ISL addition for 2020:


Question: Which man will be the top NCAA-to-ISL addition for 2020?

Almost half of voters picked Maxime Rooney in our poll, edging out the 38.6% picking Coleman Stewart.

Rooney, the former Florida Gator and Texas Longhorn, brings great freestyle and relay value to the ISL, along with excellent butterfly speed. The addition of triple-point skin races in non-free strokes should make Rooney – a great butterfly prospect – especially impactful. He signed with the LA Current, last year’s 4th place team overall and winners of the U.S. derby.

Stewart, the NC State grad, was second in our poll. He’s one of the top backstroke rookies coming into the professional league this year, and joins the Cali Condors, last year’s third-place team overall.

That means the Current now have the top male and female NCAA grads on their rosters, at least according to SwimSwam voters. Our poll last week picked Abbey Weitzeil (then unsigned) as the top woman into the ISL from the NCAA system. She was announced with LA’s roster this week.

Standout sprint backstroker Zane Waddell was third in our poll and sprint freestyler Pawel Sendyk fourth. Waddell also signed with the Current, while Sendyk remains unsigned.


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters to pick the preseason ISL favorites, based on rosters revealed this week:

Which ISL team is the favorite for season 2?

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IU Swammer
4 months ago

It’s hard to vote against Energy Standard.

Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

The big difference for the ISL season, is thethat Rooney will be Eddie’d to a near-death experience in training, and Stewart will not — especially since he’s dumped the 200 back. None of the UT pros did jack in the ISL last year. Just not a priority for their training cycle.

4 months ago

Not really sure I understand how Coleman isn’t 1

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