“We’ve got guys who stood up and did three or four races and took some hits for the benefit of the team.

“It’s about points not times.”

The ISL attracted a huge number of the world’s top swimmers for its inaugural leg.

DC Trident ended third on 330.5 points with Aqua Centurions last on 300.5.

The highly-anticipated series has promised to take swimming into a “new era” and, it is claimed, addresses concerns from athletes about a lack of prize money and competition opportunities.

The ISL was subject to legal action last year when the International Swimming Federation (FINA) reportedly banned athletes from competing at a meet which was viewed as a rival to its existing World Cup circuit.

This led to ISL organisers and swimmers taking legal action against FINA, leading to the threat being withdrawn by the governing body.

FINA also eased their rules around third-party competitions, with the event in Indianapolis clashing with the World Cup in Budapest.

American five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky set a new national record of 3min 54.06sec to win the women’s 400m freestyle for DC Trident.

This was narrowly outside the short course world record of 3:53.92, held by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, but FINA has claimed that any marks set at ISL events will not count.

Condors had briefly led the event after Australia’s Mitch Larkin and American Melanie Margalis won the men’s and women’s 200m individual medleys back-to-back.

The next leg of the season will be held next weekend in Italian city Naples, on October 12 and 13.