SwimSwam Pulse: 53% Would Prefer USA vs Australia In Future Duel In The Pool

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers which matchup they would prefer if USA Swimming were to bring back the Duel In The Pool:

RESULTS

Question: If the Duel In The Pool were to be revived, which matchup would you want to see?

  • USA vs Australia – 53.1%
  • USA vs World – 27.9%
  • USA vs Europe – 19.0%

USA Swimming’s Duel In The Pool launched in 2003 as a rivalry matchup between swimming powerhouses USA and Australia, with meets running biannually through 2015.

After three meets pitting the U.S. against Australia, with the Americans winning all three times, the format changed to a USA vs Europe matchup in 2009.

Just like what we saw against Australia, the Americans won four straight duals against the European all-stars, though the 2013 showcase was as close as it gets, with a mixed 200 medley relay required as a tiebreaker after the end of the meet when the two teams were tied.

The meet did not return in 2017 “due to sponsorship changes,” and has yet to resurface four years later.

Given the dominance the Americans showed in going 7-0 in the event’s history against Australia and Europe, the poll took a gauge of what fans would want to see if the Duel In The Pool were to make a comeback.

Would they want to see the rivalry with the Aussies rekindled? Do people want to stick with the U.S. vs Europe matchup, similar to what we see every two years in golf with the Ryder Cup? Or, do SwimSwam readers believe that neither of those matchups would be competitive enough, and they’d rather see the American swimmers take on an all-star team comprised of the best swimmers from anywhere but the United States.

The poll shows that more than half of voters, 53.1 percent, would prefer to see the original matchup, USA vs Australia, return, should the Duel In The Pool make a comeback.

The Australians won nine gold medals in the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, just two back of the Americans, and currently have some of the biggest stars in the sport in the form of Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeownAriarne Titmus and Kyle Chalmers, to name a few.

Adding to the potential intrigue of a USA/Australia dual is the fact that some great rivalries have developed in recent years between Titmus and Katie Ledecky, Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel, and the evolving one between McKeown and Regan Smith.

Just under 28 percent voted for the U.S. to have to take on the “World,” AKA an all-star team of the best swimmers from anywhere outside of America. It would certainly make for an intriguing match, one the Americans might even be underdogs in after going undefeated through the first seven iterations of the Duel In The Pool.

Only 19 percent want to see the USA vs Europe meet continued, which is understandable given that the final scores in 2009, 2011 and 2015 were incredibly lopsided. If it was clear the meet would be even close to as competitive as it was in 2013 it would make sense to keep the European matchup, but that does not appear to be the case.

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M d e
1 month ago

Would USA v World still be close?

Feel like the continued development of swimming in Europe has sort of pushed that one a bit out of balance.

Australia definitely would need a little help to compete as well (depending on the format).

What about USA v Commonwealth?

Khachaturian
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

yeah idk why people picked australia, usa would win

Sub13
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

What would you have picked? USA vs Australia is the closest. Europe gets smashed by USA, and USA gets smashed by World.

Troyy
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

USA v Commonwealth would be fun.

Guysno
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Commonwealth would crush USA. Also Europe would crush the US.

Sub13
Reply to  Guysno
1 month ago

Would Europe crush USA? European women didn’t win a single event at the Olympics. European men won 7 I believe.

Commonwealth definitely smashes USA though. Not even Commonwealth, just UK men plus Australia tbh.

commonwombat
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

I’d be throwing in at least one South African (Schoenmaker). The addition of maybe a handful of Canadian women, such as Masse, Oleksiak, McNeill & McIntosh, would also be significant enhancements. Might only see a couple of Brit women in the frame. Whilst the USA women would still pick up some wins, there’d be very few “soft” ones and it would certainly read Adv CWTH on paper.

However; whilst a handful of AUS men would be useful enhancements; the Commonwealth men’s side would be Brit dominated ……. and the male side of the ledger would still probably lean Adv USA.

Jack
Reply to  Guysno
1 month ago

I mean…Duel in the Pool was USA vs Europe for like 10 years and Europe never scored a victory. And during that run, USA was missing prime Ryan Lochte one year and Michael Phelps all the other years.

Would it be closer now? Maybe. But there’s no way Europe has the firepower to win.

Landen
1 month ago

I wanna see Asia vs the US

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Landen
1 month ago

If Asia includes Aus, then yes!

CoachMelvin1966
1 month ago

Australia hasnot been relevant in this sport since the 1990 s in my honestly opinion

BadShoulder
Reply to  CoachMelvin1966
1 month ago

Troll account?

Sub13
Reply to  CoachMelvin1966
1 month ago

The Australian women winning the most Olympic golds, more than double and almost triple any other nation, clearly shows they’re irrelevant.

If Emma McKeon was a country she would have come 3rd on the medal tally.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sub13
Just give the trophy to the condors already
Reply to  CoachMelvin1966
1 month ago

The aussie girls are laughing in the background after winning the 50,100,200,400 free, 100,200 back and 400 free 400 medley relay in tokyo

Just give the trophy to the condors already
1 month ago

The problem with USA vs EU back then was that the top EU swimmers were not present despite facing the top us swimmers, if the europeans stepped up with their real top swimmers, that would be more interesting to watch

HardToSay
1 month ago

It would be exciting to see USA vs AUS as a Dual! I also think that it would be interesting to see their respective Junior Teams at that meet… present and future!

Joel
Reply to  HardToSay
1 month ago

Yes ! This year’s medal tally at World juniors would have been very very interesting. I think Australia would have beaten the USA with Short, Deckers, Southam, Hauck, Ramsay etc.

Dee
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

I reckon the US & Aus would have taken a bit of a battering, on the boys side at least tbh, think of all the eligible Euros and others… Popovici, Whittle, Kos, Miladinov, Chmielewski, Borodin, Masiuk, Zheltyakov, Mildred, Lisovets to name a few on the boys side. The likes of Hwang and Sates would also have been eligible. Medals would have been very hard to come by for Hauck, Southam.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Joel, you have named some very talented Aussie Juniors without a doubt, but on a world stage, I think only Dekkers would be unbeatable this year (Short is probably closest of the others you name). Big fan of the others named but not convinced they are ready to dominate at a world level just yet….not saying they won’t at some point in the future, all certainly capable of it.

Joel
Reply to  SHRKB8
1 month ago

Fair enough. Was specifically talking about Australia versus USA in the medal tally. And probably was thinking also that the Olympic swimmers would not compete at World juniors because they usually don’t. Australia therefore could have Mollie which would have been amazing, and even the men’s relays would be strong.

Tony
1 month ago

The depth of Team USA is unmatched. Oz got close in gold medals, but in overall medals, Team USA dominated. It’s a feat just to get to be one of the two American swimmers allowed to be in an event. Meanwhile, Dressel owns Chalmers; Emma is getting on in years, while Regan is still a teen.

Sub13
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

Yes, let’s compare Regan Smith, who got no golds, to Emma McKeon who got four golds and swam in different events. That makes sense.

It would make much more sense to compare USA’s most successful female (Ledecky) who is much older than Smith and didn’t even touch Emma’s medal haul, or the women who actually competed against McKeon (Weitzel and Huske) who both got no individual medals.

Or maybe compare Mollie O’Callaghan, who got two golds compared to Smith’s zero, and over 2 years younger than her.

You’re a bad troll lol.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sub13
Torchbearer
1 month ago

What about a US vs AUS v EUR………3 teams? Actually think that would be fun!

Drama King
Reply to  Torchbearer
1 month ago

v Asia

katie’s gator arc
1 month ago

no bc a vs world would be more interesting and give spotlights to countries that aren’t exactly swim powerhouses

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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