Duel in the Pool: Event-By-Event Recap of U.S. Victory; Luke Hobson Shines in 200 Free

Luke Hobson -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Duel in the Pool: Event-By-Event Recap of U.S. Victory; Luke Hobson Shines in 200 Free

The United States finished off a 25-point win over Australia in the latest incarnation of the Duel in the Pool, the first meeting between the two traditional swimming rivals in 15 years and now including para events, open water and some unique races including broken swims and mixed relays. The U.S. finished with 309 points, while Australia ended up with 284.

“This is so exciting,” U.S. breaststroker Annie Lazor said, according to USA Swimming. “I think we came into this meet as a bit of underdogs. I am super proud of the team for getting up and racing and experiencing this one-of-a-kind experience. Australia has been an mazing host.

On the final day, the U.S. got individual wins from Luke Hobson (men’s 200 freestyle), Michael Andrew (men’s 50 breaststroke skins), Justin Ress (men’s 100 backstroke), David Curtiss (men’s 50 freestyle) and Shaine Casas (men’s 50 butterfly skins).  Times were not available for all swims, but Hobson posted a swift 1:45.59 in the 200 free win, more than a half-second faster than his official lifetime best of 1:46.14 set at U.S. Nationals last month.

The meet also featured the first-ever swimming relay of both able-bodied and para swimmers, a mixed 200 freestyle relay, and the American team of Amy FulmerJamal HillLizzi Smith and Curtiss took the win. Afterward, the American swimmers reflected on the historic nature of that event.

“It’s the biggest honor being part of history in this way,” Smith said, according to USA Swimming.. “We have been fighting for this for a very long time, just equal representation in sport and the opportunity to show everyone that elite sport comes in all different shapes and sizes and abilities. So it is a huge honor.”

Fulmer added, “It was an incredible race. I’m so fortunate to have been able to compete in it. I got really close to both Lizzi and Jamal through our little training camp, so it was really nice to compete with them. As for our strategy, we wanted to just go out there and be the fastest we could possibly be. I really hope this sets a precedent for the future – that Para and able-bodied athletes will be able to do more events and more meets together and be a more cohesive group.”

The full results from Sunday’s action are available below, although times were not available for each swim. Video of the meet is available here.

Mixed 300 Freestyle Relay

(Note: this relay included three swimmers per country, one male and two females, each racing the 50 freestyle twice)

  1. Australia (Grayson Bell, Meg Harris, Shayna Jack)
  2. United States (Ryan Held, Mallory Comerford, Linnea Mack)

Women’s 800 Freestyle Broken

  1. Lani Pallister, Australia
  2. Bella Sims, USA
  3. Kareena Lee, Australia
  4. Leah Neale, Australia
  5. Justina Kozan, USA
  6. Tylor Mathieu, USA 

Men’s 200 Freestyle

  1. Luke Hobson, USA
  2. Trenton Julian, USA
  3. Grant House, USA
  4. Zac Incerti, Australia
  5. Mack Horton, Australia

Mixed Class/Able-Bodied 200 Freestyle Relay

  1. United States (Amy Fulmer, Jamal Hill, Lizzi Smith, David Curtiss)
  2. Australia (Emma McKeon, Will Martin, Ellie Cole, Grayson Bell)

Women’s 50 Freestyle Skins

  1. Shayna Jack, Australia
  2. Madi Wilson, Australia
  3. Gabi Albiero, USA
  4. Mallory Comerford, USA
  5. Linnea Mack, USA
  6. Meg Harris, Australia

 Men’s 50 Breaststroke Skins

  1. Michael Andrew, USA
  2. Sam Williamson, Australia
  3. Kevin Houseman, USA
  4. Chase Kalisz, USA
  5. Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia 
  6. Se-Bom Lee, Australia

Women’s 100 Butterfly

  1. Emma McKeon, Australia
  2. Gabi Albiero, USA
  3. Beata Nelson, USA
  4. Brianna Throssell, Australia

Women’s 50 Backstroke Skins

  1. Kaylee McKeown, Australia
  2. Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia
  3. Madi Wilson, Australia
  4. Amy Fulmer, USA
  5. Linnea Mack, USA
  6. Beata Nelson, USA

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay

  1. United States (Ryan Held, Shaine Casas, Luke Hobson, Grant House)
  2. Australia (Zac Incerti, Matt Temple, Cody Simpson, Shaun Champion)

Men’s 100 Backstroke

  1. Justin Ress, USA
  2. Brad Woodward, Australia
  3. Ty Hartwell, Australia
  4. Se-Bom Lee, Australia
  5. Shaine Casas, USA

Mixed 50 Freestyle Para Skins

  1. Will Martin, Australia
  2. Lizzie Smith, USA
  3. McKenzie Coan, USA
  4. Jamal Hill, USA
  5. Matt Levy, Australia
  6. Ellie Cole, Australia
  7. Noah Jaffe, USA
  8. Ash McConnell, Australia

Women’s 100 Freestyle

  1. Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia
  2. Madi Wilson, Australia
  3. Amy Fulmer, USA
  4. Mallory Comerford, USA

 Men’s 400 Freestyle Broken

  1. Mack Horton, Australia
  2. Luke Hobson, USA
  3. David Johnston, USA
  4. Brendon Smith, Australia
  5. Kyle Lee, Australia
  6. Grant House, USA

Men’s 50 Freestyle

  1. David Curtiss, USA
  2. Ryan Held, USA
  3. Tom Nowakowski, Australia
  4. Justin Ress, USA
  5. Grayson Bell, Australia 

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

  1. Chelsea Hodges, Australia
  2. Kaitlyn Dobler, USA
  3. Jenna Strauch, Australia
  4. Annie Lazor, USA
  5. Mackenzie Looze, USA
  6. Matilda Smith, Australia 

Men’s 50 Butterfly Skins

  1. Shaine Casas, USA
  2. Michael Andrew, USA
  3. Trenton Julian, USA
  4. Shaun Champion, Australia
  5. Matt Temple, Australia
  6. Se-Bom Lee, Australia 

Mixed 100 Form-Stroke Para

  1. Will Martin, Australia
  2. McKenzie Coan, USA
  3. Jamal Hill, USA
  4. Lizzie Smith, USA
  5. Ellie Cole, Australia
  6. Ash McConnell, Australia
  7. Matt Levy, Australia
  8. Noah Jaffe, USA

Women’s 200 IM Mystery

  1. Kaylee McKeown, Australia
  2. Beata Nelson, USA
  3. Justina Kozan, USA
  4. Mackenzie Looze, USA

Mixed 400 Freestyle Random Relay

(Note: this relay saw four Australians swimming 100 meters each while two Americans swam 200 meters each with a significant head start)

  1. Australia (Zac Incerti, Cody Simpson, Madi Wilson, Mollie O’Callaghan)
  2. United States (Trenton Julian, Bella Sims)
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