Kathleen Baker Replaces Sarah Denninghoff on Duel in the Pool Roster

SwimMAC Carolina’s Kathleen Baker has replaced Texas senior Sarah Denninghoff on the American roster for the 2013 Duel in the Pool.

The meet will take place on December 20th and 21st in Glasgow, Scotland, and will feature a lineup of the all-star Americans versus all-star Europeans.

Baker, like Denninghoff, is a very good backstroker; she’s been 52.52/1:54.30 in yards, plus 1:00.6 and 2:10.2 in long course. She should be very good in SCM, even though she’s never raced it officially.

The backstroke group should be a very good one for the Americans, even without the Cal girls. It includes Baker, Olivia Smoliga, perhaps Megan Romano, and Kendyl Stewart. They’ll need to be good, though, when they match up against Daryna Zevina, one of the world’s top SCM backstrokers, and the young Brit Lauren Quigley.

Denninghoff has not raced yet this year during the college season for the Texas Longhorns, but had a spectacular summer.


Roberto Pavoni (GBR) Sophie Allen (GBR)
Craig McNally (GBR) Jazmin Carlin (GBR)
Robbie Renwick (GBR) Hannah Miley (GBR)
Michael Jamieson (GBR) Lauren Quigley (GBR)
James Guy (GBR) Francesca Halsall (GBR)
Andrew Willis (GBR) Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR) Daryna Zevina (UKR)
Florent Manaudou (FRA) Lotte Friis (DEN)
Frederick Bousquet (FRA) Melanie Costa (ESP)
Fabien Gilot (FRA) Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)
Jeremy Stravius (FRA) Camille Muffat (FRA)
Yannick Agnel (FRA) Charlotte Bonnet (FRA)
Pal Joensen (FAR) Femke Heemskerk (NED)
Yannick Lebherz (GER) Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
Bence Biczo (HUN) Michelle Coleman (SWE)
Konrad Czerniak (POL) Fiona Doyle (IRL)
Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) Simona Baumrtova (CZE)
Damir Dugonjic (SLO)
Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)


Conor Dwyer Katie Ledecky
Ryan Lochte Shannon Vreeland
Kevin Cordes Cammile Adams
Tom Luchsinger Simone Manuel
Chase Kalisz Jessica Hardy
Anthony Ervin Caitlin Leverenz
Jimmy Feigen Micah Lawrence
Michael McBroom Claire Donahue
Matt McLean Chloe Sutton
Eugene Godsoe Megan Romano
Nic Fink Kathleen Baker*
Shane Ryan Sarah Henry
Cullen Jones Meghan Hawthorne
Tyler Clary Breeja Larson
Michael Klueh Olivia Smoliga
Cody Miller Gillian Ryan
Kendyl Stewart

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Congrats to Kathleen Baker. Great experience for this young superstar. Hope all is ok with Sarah Denninghoff.



John Sampson

Any offical word on her status???

bobo gigi

Of course without the Cal girls, the women’s US backstroke is much weaker but there’s still Miss Smoliga, the reigning SCM 100 back world champion.
Miss Romano is a freestyler!
Miss Stewart is a butterflyer!
Great for Miss Baker to swim there!
It will be a great experience for the youngster.


Romano is currently ranked 12th in the world (LCM) according to Fina which is ahead of Bootsma and only .10 behind Denninghoff….sounds like a backstroker to me.

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