Will This Be Closest Ever USA Vs Europe Duel In Pool?

Images courtesy of: Patrick Kraemer; Aniko Kovacs; Gian Mattia D'Alberto

The USA has never lost a Duel in the Pool, neither in the days when it took in Australians and others nor since the start of swimming’s fledgling Ryder Cup in 2009. The clash of 36 European All-Stars and 33 Americans at Glasgow’s Tollcross on December 20-21 may well be the toughest challenge for the visiting squad; the hosts include: Florent Manaudou, Frederick Bousquet, Fabien Gilot, Jeremy Stravius, Yannick Agnel, Radoslaw Kawecki, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Yannick Lebherz, Michael Jamieson, Andrew Willis, Damir Dugonjic, Konrad Czerniak, Velimir Stjepanovic, Roberto Pavoni, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Francesca Halsall, Femke Heemskerk, Jeanette Ottesen-Gray, Camille Muffat, Lotte Friis, Melani Costa; Jazmin Carlin, Daryna Zevina, Sophie Allen, Hannah Miley and Mireia Belmonte; the visitors include Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clary, Katie Ledecky, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Cullen Jones, Eugene Godsoe, Jessica Hardy, Chase Kalisz and Conor Dwyer

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The USA has never lost a Duel in the Pool, neither in the days when it took in Australians and others nor since the start of swimming’s fledgling Ryder Cup in 2009. The clash of 36 European All-Stars and 33 Americans at Glasgow’s Tollcross on December 20-21 may well be the toughest challenge for the visiting squad; the hosts include: Florent Manaudou, Frederick Bousquet, Fabien Gilot, Jeremy Stravius, Yannick Agnel, Radoslaw Kawecki, Chris Walker-Hebborn, Yannick Lebherz, Michael Jamieson, Andrew Willis, Damir Dugonjic, Konrad Czerniak, Velimir Stjepanovic, Roberto Pavoni, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Francesca Halsall, Femke Heemskerk, Jeanette Ottesen-Gray, Camille Muffat, Lotte Friis, Melani Costa; Jazmin Carlin, Daryna Zevina, Sophie Allen, Hannah Miley and Mireia Belmonte; the visitors include Ryan Lochte, Tyler Clary, Katie Ledecky, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Cullen Jones, Eugene Godsoe, Jessica Hardy, Chase Kalisz and Conor Dwyer

Comments

Laurel

I hope Craig McNally is swimming Backstroke rather than Breaststroke as listed above!! You really don’t want to see him swimming Breaststroke…

Craig Lord

sssshhhhhh… he’s the secret weapon on breaststroke 🙂 On the other hand, I moved him to where he should be. Thanks for the spot.

DanishSwimFan

I think you’re missing Fiona Doyle on breaststroke as well.

Looks like a strong European team on the women’s side apart from breaststroke, where, with no disrespect to those selected, it looks like very much advantage USA in what should have been a good event for the Europeans. However that should be counterbalanced by a very strong showing for Europe on sprint freestyle and butterfly, and roughly honours even on backstroke.

Men’s events look it good be a good overall contest, definite advantage to US on medley and to a lesser extent butterfly, favouring Europe in mid distance. Relays for both genders could be exciting, and I can’t wait for Lotte vs Ledecky round 2 (or is that round 3….)

KeithM

McNally is from Scotland, they can all do breaststroke!! 😉

Looking at the rosters I think Europe has a very good shot at winning. The US is strong in a few events but looks very vulnerable in several others. Europe is sending a much stronger men’s team this time. Ledecky notwithstanding the US women don’t look to be as strong as previous teams.

Craig Lord

Fiona added to my lists. thanks DSF

Paul Moxham

Surely there will be mixed relays at the DITP?

Jack

Very well balanced roster (Generally) from the Europeans. Could Mireia Belmonte-Garcia possibly have a go at the 200 Breast? She was 2.21 SC as a youngster in 2008. She has not really swum it LC or short course since but has mustered times of 2.30 LC and 2.25 SC. Given that she is such a superb swimmer in the SC pool, would it be worth a shot? Could be valuable unexpected points for Europe.

European sprint freestyle machine rolls on as ever, it should be a domination 50/100m on the female side and I’d say the 200m could be very strong too with Heemskerk, Costa, Bonnet, Muffat and Coleman.. All under 1.57 in the LC pool. Ledecky should pick up a pair of Freestyle wins for the American ladies over 400m & 800m… However, I feel the European group of Friis, Costa, Carlin, Muffat & Belmonte-Garcia may limit that damage picking up most (if not all) of the podium finishes behind her.

Jack

Forgot to say – Missing Simona Baumrtová from the backstroke list. World SC medallist in 2012.

Craig Lord

thanks Jack

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