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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|Lauren Quigley||Great Britain|
|James Guy||Great Britain|
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