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London Roar Announce Addition of Seven Swimmers Following Aussie Departure


The London Roar have began their rebuild for the Worldwide Swimming League’s second season.

The Roar introduced they’ve added seven new swimmers for Season 2 on Tuesday: Amaury LeveauxDarragh GreeneScott McLay and Elliot Clogg on the boys’s aspect, and Kathleen DawsonHarriet West and Emily Large for the ladies.

The membership obtained a serious hit final week when its complete Australian contingent were forced to withdraw from the season because of strict coronavirus pandemic-related travel restrictions.

The Roar had 9 Aussies slated to compete this season, together with a few of final season’s prime performers in Cate CampbellMinna AthertonEmma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers.

McKeon (third), Campbell (seventh) and Atherton (ninth) all completed within the top-10 final season in MVP scoring, whereas Chalmers was 15th. The Roar positioned second total for the season, falling to Vitality Normal within the finale.



SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 50 free – 20.48 (21.71 since comeback)
  • 100 free – 44.94 (48.72 since comeback)
  • 50 fly – 22.94 (23.04 since comeback)

Maybe essentially the most intriguing addition for the Roar is Leveaux, a four-time Olympic medalist who has held the brief course world document within the males’s 100m freestyle since 2008. Leveaux, 34, introduced his retirement from swimming in 2013, and then proclaimed he was coming back in 2018.

Whereas the Frenchman holds SCM private finest instances of 20.48, 44.94 and 22.94 within the 50 free, 100 free and 50 fly, respectively, his finest showings since his comeback have been 21.71, 48.72 and 23.04.

With Chalmers out, Leveaux provides depth for the Roar within the males’s dash free occasions and relays, becoming a member of Duncan ScottMarius Kusch and Mikhail VekovishchevYuri KisilCameron McEvoy and Bruno Fratus had been three different key sprinters London misplaced throughout this offseason.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 50 free – 21.61
  • 100 free – 47.41
  • 50 fly – 23.46
  • 100 fly – 51.89

Mclay, a Scottish native, primarily swims the identical occasions as Leveaux, serving to the Roar fill in on relays and doubtlessly swim some particular person freestyle occasions.

Whereas the 21-year-old holds freestyle bests of 21.61 and 47.41 briefly course meters, he additionally has a 20.85 relay break up underneath his belt from the 2019 Scottish SC Championships.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 50 breast – 26.78
  • 100 breast – 58.13
  • 200 breast – 2:07.60

Greene, a local of Eire, bolsters the Roar’s male breaststroke group that already contains Adam PeatyKirill Prigoda and Matthew Wilson.

The 24-year-old was a semi-finalist on the 2019 LC World Championships within the 50 breast, break up 59.08 in Gwangju on Eire’s medley relay, and been sub-2:08 twice within the SCM 200.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 100 free – 48.04
  • 200 free – 1:46.77
  • 50 again – 24.43
  • 100 again – 52.50
  • 200 again – 1:52.35

A flexible Englishman, Elliot Clogg brings a robust backstroking presence to the staff, notably within the 200 the place he boasts a finest time of 1:52.35.

The Roar had Guilherme Guido dominate the boys’s 50 and 100 again occasions final yr, and he’ll return, however Clogg’s capacity within the 200 will probably be a welcome sight for the membership after Christian Diener was largely the one one holding down the fort final yr. Clogg’s PB would’ve positioned fifth in final season’s finale.

Guido, Diener and Luke Greenbank are the three different backstrokers on London’s roster this season.

Clogg also can contribute on the 400 free relay if known as upon, holding a better of 48.04.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 50 again – 26.42
  • 100 again – 56.73
  • 200 again – 2:04.09

Choosing up Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson was a necessary transfer for London after dropping each Atherton and Holly Barratt. Atherton was the staff’s star final season, dominating all three girls’s backstroke distances together with setting a brand new world document within the 100, however Barratt was additionally the second entrant within the 50/100 and put up some stable factors. Atherton was additionally the one backstroker swimming the 200, with the second spot going to both Sydney Pickrem or Boglarka Kapas to fill in.

Although all of Dawson’s bests had been set on the 2016 SC World Championships, she wasn’t far off her PB within the 50 final November (26.82), a few second off within the 100 (57.89), and was 2:08.66 within the 200 in December.

Together with Dawson, London has added Kira Toussaint and Maria Kameneva this season which provides them three sturdy choices regardless of dropping the Aussies.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 50 again – 27.64
  • 100 again – 59.55
  • 50 fly – 26.36
  • 100 fly – 57.46

West, a 23-year-old native of Wales, brings depth to the ladies’s dash again and fly. With Toussaint, Kameneva and Dawson heading up the backstroke, West will probably be utilized totally on fly, particularly with the lack of McKeon. France’s Marie Wattel is the staff’s different prime dash flyer.


SCM Finest Occasions:

  • 100 fly – 58.09
  • 200 fly – 2:05.45

Giant, the 2017 World Junior champion within the girls’s LCM 200 fly, will probably be key in that occasion for the Roar after clocking a finest of two:05.45 final yr.

Mireia Belmonte and Boglarka Kapas, two of the staff’s 200 flyers from final yr, have departed, so Giant will probably swim that occasion alongside Holly Hibbott.