October 29, 2009
USA Swimming selects 2009 Mutual Duel in the Pool team (10/28/2009)
Thirty-six top American swimmers, including 17 Olympians, will battle against a squad of European swimmers Dec. 18-19 at the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England. The event, which will be broadcast on NBC on December 27 from 2-4 p.m. ET, will star Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Rebecca Soni (Plainsboro, N.J.), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.).
The bi-annual Duel in the Pool is a made-for-TV event, designed to showcase the sport’s most exciting swimmers. This year’s Duel takes on a new format with Team USA facing a team comprised of the top swimmers from Great Britain, Germany and Italy. The event will be held at the Manchester Aquatic Center.
Swimmers will be awarded for world-records and wins with world records commanding up to a $15,000 bonus and gold medals commanding $1,000.
For a complete list of athletes chosen to represent the USA, including Mary DeScenza Mohler (our banquet speaker), click HERE.