ISL First 5: Aqua Centurions Go Breaststroke-Heavy With 4 of First 5 Picks


After a 12 months misplaced to accidents and pandemic withdrawals, the Italy-based Aqua Centurions are doubling down on their clear power: breaststroke.

Below new administration after a last-place end in 2020, the Aqua Centurions retained breaststrokers with 4 of their first 5 picks.

That features pores and skin race semifinalists Martina Carraro and Arianna Castiglioni on the ladies’s aspect and stars Nicolo Martinenghi and Fabio Scozzoli on the boys’s aspect. The opposite retained swimmer is Federica Pellegrini, who was a shock late addition to the ISL registration record.

The scoring numbers don’t look nice for this group: Martinenghi was the highest scorer of the bunch, ending at #48 league-wide for the 2020 common season. Carraro was #70, Scozzoli #107, Castiglioni #155 and Pellegrini #250. However Pellegrini solely swam one meet, along with her season delayed by a COVID-19 analysis. The Aqua Centurions actually discovered their footing late, with Martinenghi scoring his season-high 33.5 factors within the closing common season match.

The Aqua Centurions first 5 doesn’t embrace crew MVP Szebasztian Szabo, although. Szabo was a fly/free dash powerhouse, and the one Aqua Centurion to make a skins closing. He was the #8 total scorer leaguewide. He might be retained in a future spherical, however as we’ve famous on this sequence, it’s not clear but whether or not among the large names lacking from retained participant lists shall be withdrawing from the ISL season or not.

Different key names not but retained: Alessandro Miressi (#57), Valentine Dumont (#91), Matteo Rivolta (#107), league newcomer Thomas Ceccon, and 2020 opt-outs Vladislav Grinev, Elena di Liddo, and Simone Sabbioni.


First, a fast refresher on personnel guidelines, as introduced by the league:

Every crew can retain as much as 16 swimmers from their 2020 rosters throughout six completely different rounds of retention:

  1. 5 pre-selected athletes to retain
  2. 4 athletes introduced in spherical 1 of retention
  3. 3 athletes introduced in spherical 2 of retention
  4. 2 athletes introduced in spherical 3 of retention
  5. 1 athlete introduced in spherical 4 of retention
  6. 1 athlete voted on by followers (this spherical of retention comes after the primary spherical of the ISL draft, although)

After that, gamers not retained will fall to the ISL Draft Pool, the place the Aqua Centurions and DC Trident will every have a first-round decide. The Draft Pool will embrace unretained gamers, but in addition ISL rookies, like NCAA graduates and different new ISL additions.


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