Swim Poll of the Week: 50% Believe Matt Grevers to Energy Standard is Most Intriguing ISL Addition


This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday September 10, 2020, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Which new addition to the ISL is the most intriguing?

The International Swimming League announced details for its second season that will take place in October in Budapest, Hungary, as all of the eight returning teams made adjustments to their rosters. We wanted to ask our audience what the most intriguing new addition was to the ISL.

American Matt Grevers is joining the reigning champs Energy Standard after swimming year one with the LA Current. He will be joined alongside newcomers Pernille Blume, Danas Rapsys and Siobhan Haughey as the two women will be training in Turkey with James Gibson and company. But Grevers joining the already stacked international team came as a surprise.

Abbey Weitzeil will be joining her Cal teammates at the LA Current after winning a number of relay national titles at Cal Berkeley. She was the first woman to break 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle in short course yards, and was perhaps one of the best prospects on the market this off season as she finished her collegiate eligibility and was able to join the professional ranks.

Beata Nelson won three NCAA titles in 2019 at the University of Wisconsin and will be joining the Cali Condors, perhaps the number one women’s team in the league. Nelson will provide great backstroke depth to the Condors as she can also branch out into a number of events including the 200 IM and 200 freestyle.

Marius Kusch will be joining the London Roar after one year with the New York Breakers. The German swam for Division II Queens University and will be a huge boost to a London team that narrowly missed out on winning the league title last season. The team was a bit shaky at butterfly, leaving their medley relays at a disadvantage, But Kusch had the number one time in the world in the 100 butterfly in 2019 by virtue of his gold medal swim at the European Short Course Championships. He can also swim sprint free and the 200 IM, so how big of a help will he be to a strong London team?

Here are the answers regarding which new addition to the ISL is the most intriguing:

Matt Grevers to Energy Standard – 50%

Abbey Weitzeil to the LA Current – 25%

Marius Kusch to the London Roar – 13%

Beata Nelson to the Cali Condors – 12%




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