Breeja Larson Accepts Invitation to Duel in the Pool

Texas A&M senior Breeja Larson, winner of the last two NCAA and USA Swimming National Championships in the 100 yard and meter breaststrokes, respectively, has accepted a bid to swim at the Duel in the Pool in 2013.

The meet will take place on December 20th and 21st in Glasgow, Scotland, and Larson is the first American breaststroker to publicly commit to the meet.

This could set up an incredibly interesting battle in the breaststroke races, depending on who from the European side commits. Larson was only 5th at the 2013 World Championships, with gold and silver medalists Ruta Meilutyte and Yulia Efimova yet to confirm or deny participation in this year’s duel, but in short course yards, Larson has put up times unlike anything we’ve ever seen. She is one of the biggest, strongest, and most impressive physical specimens to ever swim the breaststroke, and this pays off huge underwater.

In Short Course Meters, which Larson has never swum, there will be four turns in each 100, and that could make things very interesting. Based on the times that Larson went mid-season last year, that could make things World Record interesting.

Regardless of that, Larson’s addition to the team is big for the Americans as they try to solidify a lineup in a meet that could be the most competitive edition of this Duel in the Pool series yet.

Larson joins Texas A&M teammates Cammile Adams and Sarah Henry in accepting invitations to this year’s meet.

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bobo gigi

Good news for the American team.
You talk about a possible world record for her in SCM. I don’t think it will happen.
The 100 breast WR is 1.02.70 by Miss Soni. It’s a huge record. No chance for Miss Larson to break it.
The 200 breast WR is 2.14.57 by the same Miss Soni. A tough record to beat but much more beatable. I think it will be broken by another girl, RMP, at the European championships.

Naya Missy

I don’t believe the world record will go down, but Breeja has huge advantages at short course meets with her amazing pullouts and is a very probable medal contender.


Big move by the US to counter the European strength in depth in the breaststroke events – who will step up for Europe?

Both SC records look equally tough to me. Alia Atkinson has the textile best for 100m at 1:03.41 so 0.7s off, Ruta just behind at 1:03.52. RMP holds the textile best for 200m at 2:15.93, so she has to find 1.4s.

The fastest times I could find for Larson seem to convert to around 1:03 high and 2:18 mid respectively, so it will be interesting to see what she can do in SCM.

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