Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Returns Dec. 20-21 in Glasgow, Scotland
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A team of the United States’ top swimming talent will take on Europe’s best in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, set for Dec. 20-21 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The two-day, short-course meet will be contested at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, site of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Day one of the meet is slated for 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 20, followed by the conclusion of the meet at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 21. Footage from the meet will be televised by NBC as part of a two-hour show on Sunday, Dec. 22. The show will air from 4-6 p.m. ET.
The U.S. team will be comprised of the swimmers who posted 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 100m and 200m freestyles at these three events qualify for the roster, which may feature a maximum of 22 men and 22 women
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.
The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool is a made-for-television event, designed to showcase the sport’s most exciting swimmers in a short-course meters format. This year’s event will be the sixth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in the history of USA Swimming, with past Duels held in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The U.S. is undefeated and holds a 5-0 record in the history of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool.
The meet will be comprised of 15 events per gender (13 individual and two relays) with prize money at around $120,000. The winning team will earn will take home a portion of the winnings while prize money will be awarded to the winner of each race. A bonus will also be awarded for any world-record swim at the event.