World Champion James Guy to Compete at Energy for Swim

World Champion James Guy 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:


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

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3 years ago

What is the Energy for Swim meet’s format? How are they going to let that many swimmers swimming just for two days only and to keep this meet interesting for spectators? I don’t think this meet will be the fast one for many reasons. So something should be done to make it entertaining. Or the main excitement comes from competing in spite to FINA’s disapproval.

3 years ago

I think it would be cool if everyone wore rubber super suits at this meet.

Reply to  Adam
3 years ago

Maybe they should do an exhibition event or 2 with them

Reply to  Adam
3 years ago

Full body suits are so much better for the sport. People want to watch swimmers going fast, so let them. Not to mention the awesome design potential.

Reply to  Adam
3 years ago

I seriously doubt that the swimmers look forward to spending half an hour putting on those “straitjackets” each time they’re racing, though. Hosszu would go bananas for sure after her sixth swim of the day, having wasted some three hours on that menial task alone. 😀

Reply to  Stefan
3 years ago

loved it

Reply to  Stefan
3 years ago

Surely hasn’t put on a brand new textile suit recently? 🙂 it takes 15 minutes minimum. I did enjoy putting the full bodies on and it never took me longer than the current ones. Only the thigh and hip/waist areas were critical to get through but that’s the same with the jammers.

tea rex
3 years ago

I love how FINA threatened participating athletes with a worlds and/or olympics ban… Followed by more and more athletes signing up for the meet.

Your bluff has been called FINA. Go home.

Reply to  tea rex
3 years ago

Yeah, Energy For Swim has become quite the powerhouse now – at least on paper.
So far, 21 individual medallists from the 2017 World Champs have signed up for the meet:

Sarah Sjöström, SWE: gold 50 free, 50/100 fly, silver 100 free
Katinka Hosszu, HUN: gold 200/400 im, silver 200 back, bronze 200 fly
Adam Peaty, GBR: gold 50/100 breast
Chase Kalisz, USA: gold 200/400 im
Gabriele Detti, ITA: gold 800 free, bronze 400 free
Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA: gold 1500 free, bronze 800 free
Emily Seebohm, AUS: gold 200 back, bronze 100 back
Federica Pellegrini, ITA: gold 200 free
Chad Le Clos, RSA: gold 200 fly
Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED: silver… Read more »

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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