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

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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