PHOENIX, Arizona, September 17. LAST night USA Swimming announced the dates of the next version of the Duel in the Pool, and it will take place December 20 and 21 in Glasgow, Scotland. The meet will feature some of the top Americans, as well as some of the fastest European swimmers in the world. The meet will fall, as it has for the past two editions, the week after the short course European championships, which means the Europeans who attend will be on a pretty good taper. That didn’t help them in 2009 and 2011, when the Americans easily trounced the European All-Stars. Each side is currently working to fill their rosters and we’ll know soon who will race in the pool that will host next year’s Commonwealth Games.
USA Swimming also announced a list of 19 young swimmers who will travel to Asia in November to compete in the final two legs of the FINA World Cup. Gunnar Bentz will be one of the headliners of this team, having won two gold medals at the junior world championships. He’ll have some familiar faces join him, as two of his teammates from Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta — Jay Litherland and Kylie Stewart — are on the roster. Jason Turcotte, the head coach at Dynamo, returns as head coach of this squad, the same position he had last year. Also on this list is Becca Mann, the distance swimming ace, and Justin Wright, who is one of the people to watch in the butterfly events. Anthony Ervin will be racing at those meets as well. You’ll remember that Ervin announced that he’s swimming in all the World Cup meets, which resume next month in Moscow.