(UPDATE: Two added to roster 11/28)
USA Swimming has released the American roster for the upcoming Duel in the Pool meet that will pit the best that the United States has to offer against the best of a European All-Star squad. The meet will be held in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on December 16th and 17th and swum on a 25-meter course (versus the Olympic 50-meter, or high school 25-yard).
This made-for-TV event is one of the biggest draws in swimming outside of the major championships, which is owed to its “dual meet” format. Swimmers will have to demonstrate some flexibility and diversity to really make a big impact on their teams.
The women’s program has most of the usual-suspects on board. The most notable absence is Allison Schmitt, who was on the World Championship team and is a major star of USA Swimming. Sprinter Kara Lynn Joyce also is not on the roster, nor is World Record holder Ariana Kukors.
Minnesota’s Ashley Steenvoorden continues to make waves and seems to be building towards a potential post-grad career. She’s been on several big teams since her 400 free National Championship in September. Claire Donahue, who made her coming-out at this year’s National Championship meet, will also step into a big role for the Americans. And then of course there’s the wunderkind Missy Franklin, who recently set a World Record in the 200 SCM backstroke coming off of two-a-days in Moscow.
The men will have an incredibly obvious hole on the roster, which is one Michael Phelps. He, like his North Baltimore teammate Schmitt, has chosen to sit this meet out despite competing in 2009 in Manchester. This meet doesn’t fit well into his schedule. The NBAC stars are currently training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, will head to the Minneapolis Grand Prix next week, and then will be ready to get back home to Baltimore and tear into some solid training. Phelps will skip Winter Nationals as well.
Ryan Lochte, instead, will further his foothold as the 1b biggest draw in swimming. The biggest name missing from the men’s roster, besides Phelps, is probably World Championship team member David Plummer. Sprint star Nathan Adrian is staying home too.
The meet offers prizes of $1,500 for a gold medal, and up to $15,000 for a World Record, with a total pot of over $100,000 expected to be given out. Many (if not most) of the U.S. Open Records, which have to be swum on American soil, will be crushed in this meet. 25-meter meets are rarely swum in the United States, and so most of the records have stood since 2004 (when NCAA’s were held in short course meters, the United States hosted a World Cup meet, and Short Course Worlds were in Indianapolis). Swimming has made huge progressions since then, so several should be rewritten.
|Amanda Beard||Tucson, Ford Dealers Aquatics||Eliot Dash|
|Elizabeth Beisel||Bluefish Swim Club/Florida||Chuck Batchelor/Gregg Troy|
|Elaine Breeden||Stanford Swimming||Lea Maurer|
|Natalie Coughlin||California Aquatics||Teri McKeever|
|Claire Donahue||Western Kentucky University||Bruce Marchionda|
|Missy Franklin||Colorado Stars||Todd Schmitz|
|Katy Freeman||Santa Barbara Aquatics Club||Gregg Wilson|
|Jessica Hardy||Trojan Swim Club||David Salo|
|Kathleen Hersey||Longhorn Aquatics||Eddie Reese|
|Katie Hoff||FAST Swim Team||Jon Urbanchek|
|Dagny Knutson||Gator Swim Club||Gregg Troy|
|Elizabeth Pelton||Unattached/T2 Aquatics||Paul Yetter|
|Julia Smit||Stanford Swimming||Lea Maurer|
|Rebecca Soni||Trojan Swim Club||David Salo|
|Ashley Steenvoorden||Minnesota Aquatics||Kelly Kremer|
|Chloe Sutton||Mission Viejo Nadadores||Bill Rose|
|Dana Vollmer||California Aquatics||Teri McKeever|
|Amanda Weir||Swim Atlanta||Chris Perry|
|Kate Ziegler||FAST Swim Team||Jon Urbanchek|
Head Coach: Jack Bauerle
Assistant Coaches: Kim Brackin, Chris Davis, Lea Maurer
|Mike Alexandrov||Trojan Swim Club||David Salo|
|Ricky Berens||Trojan Swim Club||David Salo|
|Tyler Clary||FAST Swim Team||Jon Urbanchek|
|Conor Dwyer||Lake Forest/Gator Swim Club||Maureen Sheehan/Gregg Troy|
|Mark Gangloff||New York Athletic Club||Brett Hawke|
|Matt Grevers||Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics||Rick DeMont|
|Jimmy Feigen||Longhorn Aquatics||Eddie Reese|
|Brendan Hansen||Longhorn Aquatics||Eddie Reese|
|Michael Klueh||FAST Swim Team||Jon Urbanchek|
|Ryan Lochte||Daytona Beach/Gator Swim Club||Steve Lochte/Gregg Troy|
|Tyler McGill||Auburn Aquatics||Brett Hawke|
|Matt McLean||FAST Swim Team||Jon Urbanchek|
|Davis Tarwater||SwimMAC Carolina||David Marsh|
|Nick Thoman||SwimMAC Carolina||David Marsh|
|Eric Shanteau||Trojan Swim Club||David Salo|
|Peter Vanderkaay||Gator Swim Club||Gregg Troy|
|Garrett Weber-Gale||Longhorn Aquatics||Eddie Reese|
Head Coach: David Marsh
Assistant Coaches: Mike Bottom, Ray Looze, Bill Wadley