Leisel Jones, Grant Hackett Named Australian Team Captains At Duel In The Pool

by SwimSwam 10

July 14th, 2022 Australia, News

Courtesy: Swimming Australia

The Australian Dolphins have selected the first two members of their team to face the USA in the Duel in the Pool competition in Sydney in August.

Decorated swimming legends Leisel Jones OAM (Dolphin #544) and Grant Hackett OAM (Dolphin #478) will return to the Green and Gold to lead the Dolphins as Team Captains.

Not only have both achieved the ultimate success in international swimming, each has experienced the unique rivalry of a Duel in the Pool against the American team.

Dolphins Head Coach Rohan Taylor believes Jones and Hackett will prove to be invaluable additions to the team.

“Leisel and Hacky are two of the greatest swimmers to have ever worn our country’s colours in the pool and both have the ultimate respect of our current generation of athletes,” Taylor said.

“They each possess an intimate understanding of the legacy and responsibility of being a Dolphin, as well as the significance of our rivalry against the US, and I know that will be an important combination in the context of this competition.”

“It’s a privilege to have them back in the team environment and I have no doubt their presence and guidance will bring out the best in our team.”

A four-time Olympian, multiple Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games Champion and dual World Record holder, Jones said she was thrilled to be involved.

“It is such a privilege to guide our team through tough competition against our favourite rivals,” Jones said.

“Off the back of the exciting performances at the World Championships in Budapest, the rivalry is going to make it the toughest racing we have ever seen. I cannot wait to see the athletes set the pool alight and to be there when all the action happens.”

Hackett returns to the Dolphins environment following a near 20 year competitive career that included three Olympic campaigns, multiple Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games titles and several world records.

“I’m super excited to be working with the current generation of swimmers who have performed incredibly well both here and overseas in recent times,” Hackett said.

“Going up against a swimming superpower such as the USA always brings a special flavour to the sport. We are equally great friends and the fiercest of rivals. Hopefully some of my experience in this domain will help support the team and their individual performances.”

Proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the Duel in the Pool will run from August 19-21 in Sydney, starting with an Open Water relay at Bondi Beach, followed by two days of competition in the pool at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC).

To secure your seat at swimming’s ultimate rivalry click here, or for more event information regarding Duel in the Pool, click here.

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1 year ago

Would’ve hoped someone at Swimming AUS possessed the commonsense to have:

  • got on the phone to NSW major events and seen if there was any issues with moving this to a more advantageous date sometime next year
  • got on the phone to their counterparts at USA Swimming to seek agreement for a rescheduling

but no ……… they blunder on blindly ahead. Congratulations however do need to be extended where due; they have almost certainly driven the stake through the heart of any further such meets, never again to be resurrected.

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 year ago

Back in the old days stars like Phelps, Lochte, Peirsol, Lenton, Jones, Hackett, Coughlin etc were all swimming at the duel in the pool. Unfortunately I doubt we are going to see many big stars this time.

1 year ago

I think at this point they may be forced to compete…

1 year ago

Disaster waiting to happen we already know ledecky said she wont be going

1 year ago

Maybe I missed it: How is this US team going to be selected? Does anyone have anything left in the tank to swim at or near their best?

Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
1 year ago

So far, they’re not telling us. We know there was a box on the form where athletes accepted World Championship invites to indicate if they were interested in Duel or not, but USA Swimming says that was non-binding and just a “let’s see” sort of thing.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Recipe for success IMO

Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
1 year ago

A google search found me this: 22-dip-selection-procedures-post2.pdf (usaswimming.org)
Can infer some info about the event schedule–looks like no stroke 200s, no 400IM, and no 1500

Reply to  chickenlamp
1 year ago

Great pull. So the athletes are to be selected by July 18. That’s Monday on my calendar.

Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
1 year ago

Shouldn’t the team be already published?