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)
|Adam Brown||Great Britain|
|Pal Joensen||Faroe Islands|
|Marco Loughran||Great Britian|
|Robbie Renwick||Great Britain|
|Christian vom Lehn||Germany|
Women’s Roster (19)
|Anna Martina Granstroem||Sweden|
|Francesca Halsall||Great Britain|
|Rikke Moller Pedersen||Denmark|
|Elizabeth Simmonds||Great Britain|
|Gemma Spofforth||Great Britain|
|Sharon von Rouwendaal||Netherlands|
|Barbora Zavadova||Czech Republic|