About The Speedo Duel In The Pool

24th October 2013

On 20 and 21 December 2013, Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre will host the third Duel In The Pool between the USA and the European Allstars.

The event will feature some of the finest swimmers in the world facing off in a unique two-team contest over short course (25m) distance.

How does it work?

  • The Speedo Duel in the Pool will feature 15 men’s and 15 women’s events - 13 individual races together with two relays for men and women.
  • Teams can enter up to four athletes for each individual event and one team for relays. Scoring for individual races will be 5, 3 and 1 for the top three positions while the winners of the relays will take all 7 points.
  • A running score will be kept and the winning team will have the most combined team points at the end of the competition.
  • Each athlete may be entered in up to six events during the meet.

Fran Halsall will be competing at her third Duel In The Pool this year so who better to explain more about the event? Click play below to watch our video.

What happened at previous Duels?

While the USA competed in Duel In The Pool events against Australia from 2003 - 2007, their first contest against a team from Europe was in 2009 at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The event featured some of the biggest names in world swimming including Rebecca Adlington, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin and USA went on to win the Duel by 185 points to 78.

In 2011, an even stronger European squad made the trip to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA for a re-match with the likes of Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, Daniel Gyurta and the Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo all appearing for the Allstars.

But the Americans emerged victors on home soil with Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni and Franklin starring as they secured a 174.5 to 80.5 victory.

Who is competing in the 2013 Duel In The Pool? Click here for the European Allstars or click here for Team USA