Georgia Coach, Swimmers Invited To Duel In The Pool
Olivia Smoliga


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Oct. 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia swimming program will be well represented in the upcoming Duel in the Pool, which pits the top United States swimmers against the counterparts from Europe.

The sixth edition of the Duel in the Pool will take place Dec. 20-21 in Glasgow, Scotland. The United States is 5-0 all-time in the event.

Jack Bauerle has been chosen as the head coach for the United States' women's team for the fourth time in his career. His United States' squad will include senior Shannon Vreeland, freshman Olivia Smoliga and former Lady Bulldog Megan Romano. All three could compete in sprint freestyle events, while Smoliga and Romano will add backstroke options.

The United States' men's team will feature junior Nicolas Fink and sophomore Chase Kalisz. Fink is slated for the breaststroke races, while Kalisz is penciled in for the individual medley events.

"Any chance you get to represent not only the University of Georgia but the United States in competition is special," Bauerle said. "The camaraderie at an event like this is incredible. I am really happy that so many of our people will be on deck and in the water for this one. We are really looking forward to it."

United States swimmers were eligible for selection based on posting the top qualifying time in each Olympic event at the 2013 FINA World Championships, 2013 World University Games or 2013 U.S. Open. The top two swimmers in the 100 and 200 freestyles at these three events qualified for selection. 

The two-day, short-course meet will be held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Highlights of the meet will air on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m.

Swimmers can compete in a maximum of six events (individual and relays), and each team may enter up to four swimmers per individual event and one relay. A running score will be kept combining the points earned by both women and men to determine the winning team. 

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