Energy Standard Lands Another Sprinting Free Agent Pernille Blume, Re-signs Heemskirk

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The Energy Standard team was the best in the International Swimming League (ISL) last season, winning the inaugural championship.

But the reigning champs keep getting better.

After signing Siobhan Haughey and Zsuzsanna Jakabos this week, Energy Standard signed Danish sprinting sensation Pernille Blume on Sunday.

“Our second athlete for International Women’s Day is Danish swimmer @pernilleblume!” Energy Standard posted on Instagram. “Welcome to the ISL Champions @energystandard.”

Blume won the gold medal in the 50 free at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

She had heart surgery in 2019 to reduce the risk of blood clots and cardiac arrest. In 2017, she experienced a number of nerve disorders in her left arm. She tried a number of different treatments for nerve disorders, but it was then that the experts found the smaller hole in the heart.

She missed some time after the surgery, but had a strong 2019 season in the FINA Champions Series and the ISL.

Blume was a member of the New York Breakers during the first season of the ISL. She scored 45 points during the season, third highest female on her team.

The Breakers struggled points-wise and did not make the Las Vegas championship meet.

Energy Standard also announced the resigning of Dutch sprinter Femke Heemskerk on Sunday.

So with the athletes they have re-signed as well as landing Blume and Haughey, it looks as though Energy Standard will be the favorite again heading into the second season of the ISL.