Katinka Hosszu tops Europe roster for Duel in the Pool

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The world’s best all-around female swimmer will lead Europe against the U.S. in the Duel in the Pool next month.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who swept the individual medleys at the last two World Championships, is part of the European contingent hoping to beat the U.S. for the first time in the Ryder Cup-style competition.

The European roster also includes reigning World champions James Guy (Great Britain, 200m freestyle), Laszlo Cseh (Hungary, 200m butterfly) and Yulia Efimova (Russia, 100m breaststroke). Plus, Olympic champions Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands, 50m and 100m freestyle) and Daniel Gyurta (Hungary, 200m breaststroke).

The European team is missing Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, the World champion and world-record holder in the 100m breast, and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, the World champion and world-record holder in the 100m fly.

The U.S. roster includes Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin but not Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. That roster was announced Oct. 21.

The Duel in the Pool is Dec. 11-12 in Indianapolis. NBC will air coverage Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

The Duel in the Pool has been held in odd-numbered years since 2003. The first three editions were U.S.-Australia battles. The last three were U.S. vs. Europe.

The first five were taken comfortably by the U.S., but the most recent, in December 2013, came down to a tiebreaker mixed medley relay.

That edition, in Glasgow, marked the last time Ledecky looked human in a pool. She made the podium once, a second place, while feeling under the weather.

In 2013, the meet did not include Lochte, Franklin or Phelps. Franklin and Lochte last competed in 2011. Phelps last competed in 2009.

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Europe Roster
Women

Name  Country
Jazz Carlin Great Britain
Yuliya Efimova Russia
Lotte Friis Denmark
Eyglo Gustafsdottir Iceland
Franziska Hentke Germany
Aliaksandra Herasimenia Belarus
Katinka Hosszu Hungary
Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary
Boglarka Kapas Hungary
Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands
Fanny Lecluyse Belgium
Hilda Luthersdottir Iceland
Hannah Miley Great Britain
Mie Nielsen Denmark
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Great Britain
Jeanette Ottesen Denmark
Lauren Quigley Great Britain

Men

Name  Country
Peter Bernek Hungary
Viktor Bromer Denmark
Laszlo Cseh Hungary
Andrii Govorov Ukraine
James Guy Great Britain
Daniel Gyurta Hungary
Radoslaw Kawecki Poland
Luca Mencarini Italy
Vladimir Morozov Russia
Marco Orsi Italy
Gregorio Paltrinieri Italy
Pavel Sankovich Belarus
Jan Switkowski Poland
David Verraszto Hungary
Dan Wallace Great Britain
Andrew Willis Great Britain