Duncan Scott Joins International Swimming League’s London Roar

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British champion Duncan Scott announced on social media that he is joining the International Swimming League (ISL) and will join the London Roar along with Sarah Vasey.

“Happy to say I’ve joined @isl_londonroar Looking forward to racing in the @iswimleague,” he wrote.

Scott originally was on the fence about the ISL because he wanted to make sure it didn’t affect his training plans for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“I think all swimmers are intrigued by it, and anyone who has even got a passing interest in the sport is intrigued too, because it is something new, something the sport has never seen before. It has got a lot of people talking. Change isn’t necessarily always liked by certain people, there is a fear of the unknown there so that is maybe why it didn’t hit off straight away,” Scott told The Herald in March. 

Scott is coming off of a strong performance at the British Championships.

He broke the first British record of the meet in his victory in the 100 free.

Scott automatically qualified for the world championships with his swim of 47.87. It broke his own national record in the event.

It is the third-fastest time in the world this year.

  1. Vladislav Grinev, 47.43
  2. Kyle Chalmers, 47.48
  3. Duncan Scott, 47.87
  4. Vladimir Morozov, 48.04
  5. Junyi He, 48.10

He needed to go under 48 to qualify for worlds.

It has been a strong couple of years for Scott. He was named the British Swimming Athlete of the Year for 2018 after winning six medals at the Commonwealth Games, including a gold in the 100 free, a silver in the 200 IM, and bronzes in the 200 free and 200 fly. Scott continued his impressive summer with four medals at the European Championships where he won a gold in the 200 free and a silver in the 100 free. Scott won relay gold medals in Glasgow in the 4×100 medley and 4×200 free relays.

Scott’s 200 free time from Europeans was the fastest time from any of the major meets this summer and his 100 free from Commonwealth’s was third.

Scott was also the flag bearer for Scotland at the Closing Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games this year, and also re-signed with Speedo shortly after the European Championships.

Read the full Herald story here.