Impressive European Duel in the Pool Roster Released

For the first time ever, the Americans’ opponents in the Duel in the Pool series might have put together a roster that could challenge the yanks’ perfect record.

The European All Stars’ lineup includes four 2011 World Champions (Aleksandra Herasimenia, Jeanette Ottesen, Lotte Friis, and Daniel Gyurta), and a slew of others who have shown up on World Championship medal stands in past years(Katinka Hosszu, Fran Hasall, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Elizabeth Simmonds, Gemma Spofforth, and Laszlo Cseh.

Altogether, 18 different countries will be representing the Old Continent in their matchup against the best in the United States. (See the American roster here).

The European women seem to have more firepower than the men, though there are plenty of names on the men’s side. The All-Stars’ women should dominate the relays – consider a 400 free relay made up of Halsall, Kromowidjojo, Herasimenia, and Ottesen. Until Sarah Sjotstrom’s swim last week, those were the top 4 100 freestylers in the world this year.

The men are pringing a great middle-to-distance freestyle group, including Gergo Kis, Pal Joensen, Mads Glaesner, and Dominik Meitchtry.

The biggest weaknesses are in the men’s sprint groups (led by Adam brown and Vlad Morozov), and the women’s breaststrokes (things are pretty thin after Moller-Pedersen, though Nijhuis is improving). The downfall of this European roster might be that they aren’t all that well-balanced. They have big concentrations of swimmers, especially on the men’s side with four very similar distance freestylers, and a lot of IM’ers, but not much depth in the other events.

This squad should give the United States a good run for their money in a week in Atlanta, though.

Men’s Roster (22)

Name Country 
Peter Bernek  Hungary 
 Bence Biczo Hungary 
 Adam Brown Great Britain 
 Laszlo Cseh Hungary 
Konrad Czerniak  Poland 
 Mads Glaesner Denmark 
 Daniel Gyurta Hungary 
 Francois Heersbrandt Belgium 
Pal Joensen  Faroe Islands 
 Dinko Jukic Austria 
 Radoslaw Kawecki Poland 
 Gergo Kis Hungary 
 Pawel Korzeniowski Poland 
 Marco Loughran Great Britian 
Dominik Meichtry  Switzerland 
 Vladimir Morozov Russia 
Robbie Renwick  Great Britain 
Markus Rogan  Austria 
Krisztian Takacs  Hungary 
Giedrius Titenis Lithuania
David Verraszto Hungary 
Christian vom Lehn Germany

Women’s Roster (19)

Name Country 
Lotte Friis  Denmark 
 Anna Martina Granstroem Sweden 
 Francesca Halsall Great Britain 
 Aleksandra Herasimenia Belarus 
 Katinka Hosszu Hungary 
Zsuzsanna Jakabos  Hungary 
Anja Klinar  Slovenia 
Ranomi Kromowidjojo  Netherlands 
Rikke Moller Pedersen  Denmark 
Grainne Murphy  Ireland
Moniek Nijhuis  Netherlands 
Jeanette Ottesen  Denmark 
Elizabeth Simmonds  Great Britain 
 Gemma Spofforth Great Britain 
Marleen Veldhuis  Netherlands 
Evelyn Verraszto  Hungary 
Sharon von Rouwendaal  Netherlands 
 Barbora Zavadova Czech Republic 
 Daryna Zevina Ukraine 

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9 years ago

Great team! Cant wait for this.

I agree about the women’s roster being stronger than the men’s.

My only worry for the European women is, like the men there in not a great depth of Swimmers! Distance for example, After Murphy & Friis who is there? Surely either Pellegrini, Muffat, Adlington or any other swimmer could have come along.

However, they have the foundation of a team that could take many 1st places in Freestyles,Butterfly’s and Herasimenia is a superb sprint backstroker.

Looks exciting!

Ed O'Connor
9 years ago

Grannie Murphy is from Ireland not Great Britian.

9 years ago

darn the euros looks like they really mean business this time round w/that womens 400 fr relay lineup lol (dont forget Marleen as another option there!)… Missy, Natalie & Dana had better step up their game haha, and Jessica or Amanda ready to really bring it on 😛

hey im not TOO worried bout Missy or Nat when it comes to the back races tho… but w/the likes of Liz Simmonds, Daryna, Sharon, Gemma (if rested) around to challenge (n throw in Aliaksandra in the sprint backs as Jack had mentioned), wont be that easy 4 them or the 2 Elizabeths!

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