It looked like the U.S. was in trouble when the preliminary Duel in the Pool teams came out in October, but roster changes may have shifted the balance of power in the Ryder Cup-like meet.
The U.S. team is led by Katie Ledecky, 16, who won four World Championships this summer with two world records, and Tyler Clary, Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin. The European team features French Olympic champion Yannick Agnel and Dutch Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo.
The two-day event runs Friday (2 p.m. ET) and Saturday (9 a.m.) in Glasgow, Scotland, and will be televised by NBC on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET. It will be a short course meet, which is in a 25-meter pool rather than the Olympic size of 50 meters.
The U.S. has won all five previous duels handily, including a 181.5-80.5 whipping of a European all-star team at the last edition in 2011 in Atlanta. The first three duels were U.S.-Australia battles during the heyday of their rivalry in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
This shapes up to be the closest duel yet, and the U.S. could very well lose given it’s missing Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, among others.
The U.S. roster is largely the same from October’s preliminary list, except for the major withdrawal of Lochte, who recently returned to swimming following his run-in with a fan.
The European roster might have suffered greater losses since October, though, with the scratches of French stars Camille Muffat, Frederick Bousquet, Fabien Gilot, Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius.
The duel features 30 total events — 15 men’s, 15 women’s with up to four swimmers for each side in each race — with scoring at five for first place, three for second place and one for third place in individual events. Seven points are given to the side that wins each of the four relays.
There are 262 total points available, meaning the first side to earn 132 points wins.
Here is the complete U.S. Duel in the Pool roster:
Cammile Adams — 2012 Olympian
Claire Donahue — 2012 Olympic champion
Jessica Hardy — 2012 Olympic champion
Breeja Larson — 2012 Olympic champion
Micah Lawrence — 2012 Olympian
Katie Ledecky — 2012 Olympic champion
Caitlin Leverenz — 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Chloe Sutton — 2008, 2012 Olympian
Shannon Vreeland — 2012 Olympic champion
Tyler Clary – 2012 Olympic champion
Conor Dwyer — 2012 Olympic champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic champion, 2012 Olympian
Jimmy Feigen — 2012 Olympic silver medalist
Cullen Jones — 2008, 2012 Olympic champion
Matt McLean — 2012 Olympic champion
Here is the complete European Duel in the Pool roster:
Sophie Allen (GBR)
Simona Baumrtova (CZE)
Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
Jazmin Carlin (GBR)
Petra Chocova (CZE)
Michelle Coleman (SWE)
Melanie Costa (ESP)
Fiona Doyle (IRL)
Lotte Friis (DEN)
Francesca Halsall (GBR)
Femke Heemskerk (NED)
Franziska Hentke (GER)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)
Hannah Miley (GBR)
Moniek Nijhuis (NED)
Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)
Lauren Quigley (GBR)
Aimee Willmott (GBR)
Daryna Zevina (UKR)
Yannick Agnel (FRA)
Bence Biczo (HUN)
Adam Brown (GBR)
Damir Dugonjic (SLO)
James Guy (GBR)
Michael Jamieson (GBR)
Pal Joensen (FAR)
Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)
Marco Koch (GER)
Yannick Lebherz (GER)
Ivan Lendjer (SRB)
Craig McNally (GBR)
Roberto Pavoni (GBR)
Ben Proud (GBR)
Robbie Renwick (GBR)
Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)
David Verraszto (HUN)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR)
Andrew Willis (GBR)