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Katinka Hosszu tops Europe roster for Duel in the Pool

Katinka Hosszu

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 04: Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates after winning and breaking the world record in the Women’s 100m Backstroke during day two of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at the Hamad Aquatic Centre on December 4, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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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

Name Country
Jazz CarlinGreat Britain
Yuliya EfimovaRussia
Lotte FriisDenmark
Eyglo GustafsdottirIceland
Franziska HentkeGermany
Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBelarus
Katinka HosszuHungary
Zsuzsanna JakabosHungary
Boglarka KapasHungary
Ranomi KromowidjojoNetherlands
Fanny LecluyseBelgium
Hilda LuthersdottirIceland
Hannah MileyGreat Britain
Mie NielsenDenmark
Siobhan-Marie O’ConnorGreat Britain
Jeanette OttesenDenmark
Lauren QuigleyGreat Britain


Name Country
Peter BernekHungary
Viktor BromerDenmark
Laszlo CsehHungary
Andrii GovorovUkraine
James GuyGreat Britain
Daniel GyurtaHungary
Radoslaw KaweckiPoland
Luca MencariniItaly
Vladimir MorozovRussia
Marco OrsiItaly
Gregorio PaltrinieriItaly
Pavel SankovichBelarus
Jan SwitkowskiPoland
David VerrasztoHungary
Dan WallaceGreat Britain
Andrew WillisGreat Britain