As the dust settles on Duel in the Pool, I've decided to look at how this event could have worked out. Hopefully it will give an indication of the potential this has in the future if the sponsor/political issues could have been resolved. I realise this is all theoretical and the chance of getting all these guys at the same time on top form is slim, saying that most of these guys were swimming fast just last week at the Europeans.
Here is how a full strength Europe might have looked (assuming a squad of 36 swimmers):-
Leveaux, Bousquet, Bernard, Biedermann, Colbertaldo, Prilukov, Wildeboer, Donets, Vyatchanin, Borysik, Duboscq, Scozzoli, Giorgetti, Cavic, Svortskov, Jukic, Goddard, Cseh - 18 Swimmers
50m Free - Leveaux, Bousquet, Bernard - Probable 1-2-3 for Europe although always tough to call 50 Free.
100m Free - Leveaux, Bernard, Bousquet - Leveaux and Bernard in the top 3, Adrian probably taking 2nd or 3rd for the US.
200m Free - Biedermann, Bernard, Leveaux - Biedermann wins it, Vanderkaay 2nd, Diebler 3rd.
400m Free - Biedermann, Colbertaldo, Prilukov - Biedermann wins it, Vanderkaay 2nd (would be a great race though), Colbertado 3rd.
800m Free - Biedermann, Colbertaldo, Prilukov - Possible 1-2-3. La Tourette might have sneaked a 3rd.
100m Back - Wildeboer, Donets, Vyatchanin - Thoman probably would have still won (ignoring the DQ), Grevers in 2nd, one of the European's in 3rd.
200m Back - Wildeboer, Donets, Vyatchanin - Vyatchanin 1st, Grevers 2nd, Donets 3rd.
100m Breast - Borysik, Duboscq, Scozzoli - Good race, Alexandrov 1st, Europe 2 and 3.
200m Breast - Borysik, Duboscq, Giorgetti - Same as 100. Alexandrov 1, Europe 2 and 3.
100m Fly - Cavic, Bousquet, Svortskov - In a suit you'd have to say Cavic, with Phelps 2nd, Svortskov 3rd.
200m Fly - Svortskov, Jukic, Cseh - Svortskov 1, Phelps 2, Jukic 3
200m IM - Goddard, Jukic, Cseh - Goddard 1, Cseh 2, Jukic 3
400m IM - Goddard, Jukic, Cseh - Cseh 1, Clary 2, Jukic 3
4 x 100m Free - Leveaux, Bernard, Bousquet, Biedermann - Winners, smash WR (possibly sub 3minutes)
4 x 100m Medley - Wildeboer, Duboscq, Cavic, Leveaux - This would be close! I'll go with US though
Total Male Points - 86 Europe/47 USA
Steffen, Halsall, Veldhuis, Pellegrini, Balmy, Jackson, Adlington, Simmonds, Spofforth, Putra, Jukic, De Ronchi, Efimova, Sjostrom, Segat, Belmonte, Miley - 17 Swimmers
50m Free - Steffen, Halsall, Veldhuis - Europe 1-2-3
100m Free - Steffen, Halsall, Veldhuis - Europe 1-2-3
200m Free - Pellegrini, Balmy, Steffen - Pellegrini 1, Schmitt 2, Balmy 3
400m Free - Pellegrini, Balmy, Jackson - Pellegrini 1, Jackson 2, Schmitt 3
800m Free - Adlington, Balmy, Jackson - Europe 1-2-3
100m Back - Simmonds, Spofforth, Putra - Simmonds 1, Hoelzer 2, Spofforth 3
200m Back - Simmonds, Spofforth, Putra - Simmonds 1, Hoelzer 2, Pelton 3
100m Breast - Jukic, De Ronchi, Efimova - Soni 1, Hardy 2, Jukic 3
200m Breast - Jukic, De Ronchi, Efimova - Soni 1, Freeman 2, Jukic 3
100m Fly - Halsall, Veldhuis, Sjostrom - Halsall 1, Magnuson 2, Vollmer 3
200m Fly - Sjostrom, Segat, Belmonte - Descenza 1, Vollmer 2, Segat 3
200m IM - Segat, Belmonte, Miley - Smit 1, Kukors 2, Segat 3
400m IM - Segat, Belmonte, Miley - Smit 1, Knutson 2, Miley 3
4 x 100m Free - Steffen, Halsall, Veldhuis, Pellegrini - Europe destroy the WR
4 x 100m Medley - Simmonds, Jukic, Halsall, Steffen - Close race but Europe to edge it
Total Female Points - 76 Europe/55 USA
Total Points - 162 Europe/102 USA
As I've said before the chances of this happening aren't great but hopefully I've shown how this event could have turned out/could turn out in the future. Two things to bear in mind for next year's event - a) the suits. Expect Phelps to win every race he swims in. b) Lochte swimming for the US.