Duel in the Pool

U.S. keep undefeated Duel in the Pool streak alive over Europe

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INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Lochte led the U.S. to continue their undefeated 7-0 streak at Duel in the Pool, a Ryder Cup-style meet, in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. The final score was U.S. 155, Europe 107. Full results can be found here.

Lochte won the 400m individual medley and was third in the 200m backstroke on night one, and doubled up again to win the 200m freestyle. He was disqualified in his second race though, the 200m IM, for a turn violation on the last wall.

“I am old, for swimming,” he told NBC’s Carolyn Manno before his disqualification was announced. “I’m one of the oldest swimmers I’ve been around. Hopefully, I can teach these kids something.”

Nathan Adrian doubled up in the sprint freestyles and won both the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle against the European squad’s Vladimir Morozov.

Missy Franklin set an American short course meters record in her winning 200m freestyle, over Europe’s Katinka Hosszu. The pair faced off later on in the 100m back, but neither earned points for the their teams. Franklin’s American record was one of 16 set throughout the meet.

“The 200m free is hard for me because there’s so much going on,” Franklin told media after the meet. “I can see everyone. I know what everyone’s doing.”

Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers set a short course meters world record in the 100m backstroke, shaving 0.02 seconds off the previous record from 2009.

“I knew it was going to be close,” Grevers said through USA Swimming. “I felt really good yesterday leading off the relay … I thought there would be a chance and luckily everything went really well.”

NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the meet Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

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Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte lead the U.S. against European all-stars on the first of two days of competition at the seventh Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis, on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.

Franklin, Lochte and the U.S. hope to run their Duel in the Pool record to 7-0. The first three meets (all in odd-numbered years) were wins over Australia. The last three came against European all-stars.

The European roster includes the world’s best female all-around swimmer, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who in August swept the individual medleys at a second straight World Championships.

Start lists for Friday’s events can be found here.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin will lead the U.S. contingent against European all-stars at Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday.

The 2013 event came down to a tie breaking mixed 4 x 50m medley relay, won by the United States to claim the overall meet victory and preserve its undefeated 6-0 streak since Duel in the Pool started in 2003.

The Ryder Cup-style event is a 25m short course dual meet held over two days with no prelims or semis – only finals. There are 15 events for men and 15 for women, where athletes can score five points for first place, three points for second and one point for third place. Seven points are awarded to winning relays. The first team to reach 131.5 points wins.

Action begins Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra. USASwimming.org will stream Friday night’s action and Saturday’s at 2 p.m. ET.

NBC will air coverage of the meet Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

NBC Olympics analyst and gold medalist Rowdy Gaines provided his thoughts about what makes this meet so special.

If the U.S. is beatable:

“It’s going to be really close. The Europeans are trying to win. They have some real fire power and they have great relay strength this time. That’s one of the reasons they got off to such a great start a couple of years ago, because they were able to win those relays. They’ll be a little hungrier.”

On the presence of big stars like Lochte and versatile Hungarian Olympian Katinka Hosszu:

“It always helps to have a big star or a couple big stars on the team because they can anchor that team when they do that. I know the Europeans had Short Course [Championships, last weekend] and some of them may keep resting after that.”

On the popularity of this swim meet:

“If it ends up even anything close to what it was two years ago – ha! – it’s going to be crazy. Even if you’re not a fan of swimming, it was so much fun two years ago because it was like this crescendo that just started building more and more, especially for the Europeans because they actually started believing they could win.”

On the storied venue, which hosted the first Duel in the Pool in 2003:

“We’re used to swimming in Indianapolis. It’s a real home-cooking type of pool. It’s the cathedral of swimming really. Not that we have a Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, but it’s sort of Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. Everybody’s swum there, everybody’s had big meets there. They’re used to that pool. I think that will help a lot.”

Franklin was absent from the 2013 meet because she was prepping for finals during her first semester at the University of California. Lochte was out due to an injury from an accident invoving a fan encounter.

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky are sitting this year’s meet out. Phelps won three events last weekend at Winter Nationals, and Ledecky most recently competed at a Pro Series meet in Minneapolis.

The European roster features 27 Olympians from 11 countries, including Hungarians Hosszu and Laszlo Cseh, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Great Britain’s Hannah Miley and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Yulia Efimova.

USA’s 6-0 Duel in the Pool record:

2003 vs. Australia, in Indianapolis: 196 to 74

2005 vs. Australia, in Irvine, Calif.: 190 to 102

2007 vs. Australia, in Sydney: 181.5 to 129.5

2009 vs. Europe, in Manchester: 185 to 78

2011 vs. Europe, in Atlanta: 181.5 to 80.5

2013 vs. Europe, in Glasgow: 132-131