2013 Duel in the Pool Set for Glasgow, Scotland in December

Different European federations, including the Brits, the Italians, and even the Americans, have confirmed the scheduling of the 2013 edition of the Duel in the Pool competition, which is to be hosted in Glasgow, Scotland on December 20th and 21st in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This once-every-two-year meet pits an American all-star roster against a European all-star roster, following upon a former head-to-head battle between the Americans and the Australians.

In 2009, the meet first switched to a U.S. – versus – Europe challenge with great success: it was the last major global meet before the outright worldwide ban of the polyurethane suits in 2009, resulting in 8 broken World Records. That was despite little interest from the European side in the initial meet.

The 2011 version of the meet, held in Atlanta, returned some excitement to the event, with an extremely high-profile American and European roster, including names like Lotte Friis, Laszlo Cseh, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Rikke Moller Pedersen, Daniel Gyurta, and Vlad Morozov.

The Americans have never lost this meet, winning all 5 versions they’ve been involved in:

  • 2003 (Indianapolis): USA 196, Australia 74
  • 2005 (Irvine) USA 190, Australia 74
  • 2007 (Sydney) USA 181.5, Australia 129.5
  • 2009 (Canberra) Australia 167, Japan 162
  • 2009* (Manchester) USA 185, Europe 78
  • 2011 (Atlanta) USA 181.5, Europe 80.5

*in 2009, the Americans and Australians continued their own series of this meet, but no longer against each other.

The American roster will be selected by choosing the top swimmer in each Olympic event from the World University Games, the World Championships, and the U.S. Open, the second-best 100 and 200 freestyler, and leaving all other selections up to the National Team Director Frank Busch and the Head Coach (still unnamed). Note that USA Swimming has to fill many lanes, so swimmers are likely to be in several events outside of their primary.

The American roster will be announced by November 1, 2013 at 10 AM Mountain Time. The team can include up to 22 men and 22 women. See the full selection criteria here.

While Short Course Meters meets can be used for NCAA qualifying, and the Short Course World Championships now being recognized as an acceptable qualifying meet, it is not clear if the NCAA has decided on this newly-announced event yet. We have asked for clarification. It is, however, after most collegiate swimmers have finished their semester, so it’s possible that USA Swimming will have collegiate athletes to choose from in addition to their pros and high school swimmers.

Remember that this is the meet in 2011 where the American 400 medley relay broke the World Record. Of course, the Europeans, no matter how fast they are, can’t break the World Record – and they have the potential for some really good relays. Based on the results of the 2013 long course World Championships, a true all-star European roster would have the advantage in every leg except for the backstroke.

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DanishSwimFan
9 years ago

Let’s hope for a rather better showing from Europe this time around!

bobo gigi
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
9 years ago

With the help of a few French and Danish swimmers, it could be interesting. 🙂

DanishSwimFan
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

Well I would expect the Danish swimmers will all be in peak form and fully tapered and fresh from smashing some SC world records in Herning so they should still be in good shape for this 🙂

Are France sending a decent contingent to Denmark? Last year they were awesome in Chartres (as you’d expect at a home competition) then hardly bothered with the SC worlds. Any idea if they are taking Euro SC champs seriously this time?

bobo gigi
Reply to  DanishSwimFan
9 years ago

Absolutely no news about the team to Herning.
The French championships are the week before the European championships.
I think Muffat is taking the end of the year slowly to refresh a little her body and her mind.
Agnel is in USA so I would be surprised to see him in France in December.
Probably Manaudou and Stravius will be there.
I expect a decent contingent. Not a strong contingent but a decent contingent.

SprintDude9000
9 years ago

Excellent, totally getting tickets for this! 😀

bobo gigi
9 years ago

Any chance to watch a fully tapered Miss Ledecky crushing a few SCM world records?

SprintDude9000
Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

I hope so! 😀

9 years ago

I remember when the Duel in the Pool pitted the Aussies v. the Americans. . .

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