USA Swimming Announces Duel In The Pool Roster; No Phelps Or Ledecky

With the 2015 Duel in the Pool less than two months away, USA Swimming has released their men’s and women’s roster. 36 men and women will represent the United States on December 11th and 12th at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis as they take on the European All Stars in short course meters. The team will be coached by Georgia’s men’s and women’s head coach, Jack Baurle.

There are a ton of big names on the roster, but the two biggest names in American swimming right now, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, are not included on the roster.

The United States team will rely on the leadership of Olympic medalists Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Natalie CoughlinMissy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Caitlin Leverenz, Lia Neal, Conor Dwyer, Nick Thoman, Tyler Clary, and Matt Grevers as they compete in this special dual meet format. Simone Manuel, the hero of the 2013 Duel in the pool, is also on the roster for this year’s meet.

The team also feature up-and-coming stars Kelsi Worrell, Katie Meili, Claire Adams, Michael Chadwick, and Andrew Wilson. These five really blossomed in the last year. Worrell and Meili were the stars of the 2015 Pan American games, each taking home multiple Gold medals. Adams, Chadwick, and Wilson all shined at home, winning National titles in San Antonio at the US National Championships.

Claire Adams, the 2015 national champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke, will be competing in her home pool. She trains with Carmel Swim Club which is just north of the IUPUI Natatorium, where she competes several times a year.

“The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool is an exciting format for the athletes, fans and viewers, where our sport’s most decorated athletes line up with some of USA Swimming’s future stars,” USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch said. “I’m looking forward to watching this group compete against a talented European roster, and the experience gained in Indianapolis will be key heading into an Olympic year.”

Swimmers can compete in a maximum of six events (individual and relays), and each team may enter up to four swimmers per individual event and one relay. A running score will be kept combining the points earned by both women and men to determine the winning team. The 2015 meet will be comprised of 15 events per gender (13 individual and two relays) with more than $120,000 in prize money on the line. The winning team will take home a portion of the winnings, while prize money will be awarded to the winner of each race. A bonus will also be awarded for any world-record swim at the event.

The 2013 meet was the most exciting meet to date, ending in a tie after the last event. The meet was decided by a mixed medley relay for 1 point to break the tie. The Americans put up Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, Claire Donahue, and Simone Manuel against Chris Walker-Hebborn, Damir Dugonjic, Jeanette Ottesen, and Fran Halsall.

With both squads opting to put their two men first and their two women at the end, there was no obvious advantage. On paper, Godsoe had an edge on Hebborn, Cordes had a slight edge on Dugonjic, and Ottesen and Halsall at the end both had an edge on their American counterparts.

The meet couldn’t have asked for a more ideal ending, with two well-matched relays, and everything on the line.

It was a close race throughout, but at the wall, the Americans touched in a new World Record of 1:37.17, with the Europeans taking 2nd in 1:37.37. That kept the Americans’ streak alive, and won the 2013 Duel in the Pool for Team USA.

The team was selected by Frank Busch and Jack Baurle. There were no time standards to achieve, but USA Swimming did defined their defitniton of “Qualifying Times” for this meet. All times from the 20152016 National Team members were considered, along with times done at the 2015 NCAA Championships, the 2014 Winter National Championships, and the 2014 Winter Junior National Championships. The team was then selected based on the following criteria:

“The selection of the Team will be at the discretion of the National Team Director and the Head Coach in order to field the best team possible. Athletes who have a Qualifying Time in any event will be considered for selection. Selection will be based on, but not be limited to: personal best performances, individual workload, other recent results and performances, consistency of performances, fatigue, health, fitness levels, training preparation, attitude and team chemistry. In addition physical and mental preparation of athletes in conjunction with their international and national experience, strategy of the sport, ability to score points in a duel meet situation and need to fill the team in order to win the Competition may be used for selection to the Team.”


Name  Hometown  Club
Cammile Adams Cypress, Texas SwimMAC Carolina
Claire Adams Carmel, Ind. Carmel Swim Club
Courtney Bartholomew Holland, Mich. Cavalier Swimming
Natalie Coughlin Vallejo, Calif. California Aquatics
Hali Flickinger Spring Grove, Pa. Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia
Missy Franklin Centennial, Colo. Colorado Stars
Margo Geer Milford Center, Ohio Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Jessica Hardy Long Beach, Calif. Trojan Swim Club
Sarah Henry Garner, N.C. Aggie Swim Club/Texas A&M
Micah Lawrence Pflugerville, Texas SwimMAC Carolina
Caitlin Leverenz Tucson, Ariz. California Aquatics
Becca Mann Homer Glen, Ill. North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Simone Manuel Sugar Land, Texas Stanford Swimming
Melanie Margalis Clearwater, Fla. St. Petersburg Aquatics/Georgia
Katie Meili Colleyville, Texas SwimMAC Carolina
Lia Neal Brooklyn, N.Y. Stanford Swimming
Leah Smith Pittsburgh, Pa. Cavalier Swimming
Laura Sogar Exeter, R.I. Bluefish Swim Club/Texas
Kelsi Worrell Mt. Holly, N.J. University of Louisville


Name  Hometown  Club 
Nathan Adrian Bremerton, Wash. California Aquatics
Michael Chadwick Charlotte, N.C. SwimMAC Carolina/Missouri
Tyler Clary Riverside, Calif. SwimMAC Carolina
Kevin Cordes Naperville, Ill. Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Conor Dwyer Winnetka, Ill. Trojan Swim Club
Nic Fink Morristown, N.J. Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia
Matt Grevers Lake Forest, Ill. Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Zane Grothe Boulder City, Nev. Badger Swim Club/Indiana
Connor Jaeger Fair Haven, N.J. Club Wolverine
Ryan Lochte Daytona Beach, Fla. SwimMAC Carolina
Michael McBroom The Woodlands, Texas The Woodlands Swim Team/Texas
Cody Miller Las Vegas, Nev. Badger Swim Club/Indiana
Josh Prenot Santa Maria, Calif. California Aquatics
Josh Schneider Cincinnati, Ohio New York Athletic Club/Cincinnati
Tom Shields Huntington Beach, Calif. California Aquatics
Nick Thoman Cincinnati, Ohio Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Andrew Wilson Bethesda, Md. Longhorn Aquatics/Emory

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6 years ago

No Ryan Murphy and Allison Schmitt??

Reply to  Ervin
6 years ago

If Phelps is on the list, Schmitt will be on the list too(same group), since he is not……
Ledecky didn’t perform well last time, thought she will make a revenge this time.
Don’t know how the US will do in the distance freestyle……Europe sweep all the point last time.

Reply to  GI
6 years ago

On the women’s side, we have Leah Smith who I think can prevent a sweep. On the men’s side we have Jaeger and McBroom which puts us in a pretty good position.

Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

The Europe team Belmonte, Friis, Carlin like last time and men side Paltrinieri maybe?

Reply to  GI
6 years ago

Let’s see who the Euros bring! If everyone comes, we are in trouble….but doubt everyone comes.

Reply to  GI
6 years ago

IIRC, Ledecky got sick as a dog on the flight over to Scotland to the point where she had to scratch the 800 free. Don’t think she’s done a SC meet healthy and fully tapered since London so it’s hard to say how much of a difference there is for her between big and little pools.

Reply to  beachmouse
6 years ago

Katie Ledecky did swim 55.75 for the 100 free and 1:04.53 100 IM SCM in a summer league meet in 2014.

Reply to  Baldingeagle
6 years ago

She swam fast at Winter Nationals Dec. 2014 SCY

6 years ago

I wish we had a duel against the Aussies.That would be fun.

Reply to  KP
6 years ago

didnt we before? took place in cali right? or am i imagining things.

6 years ago

Duel in the Pool used to be US vs Australia for a few years if I remember right.

Reply to  JP
6 years ago

Thats what i thought, glad to know i’m not crazy.

Reply to  mcmflyguy
6 years ago

You’re not crazy. It was either the very first one ,or one of the first ones, that was in Indianapolis and strictly US vs Aussies

6 years ago

Aren’t finals around that time? I am sort of surprised that Ryan Murphy is not taking a redshirt year to focus on the Olympics but he would know best what is best for his chances.

6 years ago

Ugh, I’m so angry I’m gonna miss this meet! I’m currently in Scotland (studying abroad and swimming a bit), and it was just here in Glasgow two years ago! Now I’m not in the US, and it’s in Indianapolis just a few hours drive from my Chicago suburbs home!


6 years ago

Phelps absence is no surprise nor is Murphy. This is a scm meet and neither phelps or Murphy are not the best we have to offer in scm

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

murphy is pretty good SCY.. and pretty good LCM.. why wouldn’t he be good SCM?

Reply to  drew
6 years ago

unless you missed the 2015 ncaa championsips (or pretty much anything he did in high school and his first year at cal):

murphy went 44.17 scy 100 back (world record is 44.06)

and broke the world record in the scy 200 back (1:36.77)

and this summer he went the 4th fastest time ever in lcm 100 back (52.18)

Reply to  drew
6 years ago

He’s still slower in the 100 back scm than thoman and grevers. I’m not saying he’s bad but he’s not the best scm backstroker we have.

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

Ryan Murphy and Nick Thoman are the two fastest SCM SCY backstrokers the U.S. has right now. No question.

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

I think it a little awkward to say there is a SCY World Record.. how can something be a World Record it the only place it is disputed is USA? It is a record, plain and simple, not a world one.

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Disagree. It is a World Record because people from other countries can come here and break them. Are there no bobsled world records because you can’t have a track in a hot country? 🙂

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

His personal best is “slower” but that was done long ago. Murphy’s SCY time of 44.17 and LCM of 52.18 are nothing to scoff at. Put them together, and his SCM is likely right up there with Grevers and Thoman, perhaps even better than Grevers since Grevers has been training exclusively in LCM since being our frontman 100m backstroker.
Murphy is also the best SCY/SCM 200 backstroker we have, claiming Lochte’s SCY record and having won bronze a few years ago at Short Course Worlds. His 1:55 LCM at Worlds is also impressive and likely to get even better.

Oh, and to doubt Phelps in any way whatsoever is probably the worst mistake anyone in swimming can ever make.… Read more »

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Of course the fact the best American male swimmer and the best American female swimmer are not in the roster will not help the US team.
But overall that’s a very good roster with a lot of great short course swimmers.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

it will make it a more interesting meet though.

6 years ago

two houston women and 1 houstonish man (woodlands isnt really in houston but close enough)

Go Cammile!!!

i hope to see another awesome swim like simone had last time where she anchored the mixed relay.

and always nice to see someone I swam against make it to a big stage.

Houston is rooting for you guys!!!

6 years ago

So this meet WILL be scm???
Can anyone confirm, and is the event lineup the same as previous years?

It is surprising… USA gave up their SCY nationals for a LCM meet, and LEN/FINA gave up the SCM World Cup for LCM. This may really be the only SCM meet of consequence in the world for the entire year…

Reply to  floppy
6 years ago

Well there’s the short course euros at least !

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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