Duel in the Pool History

USA Swimming created a head-to-head dual meet to showcase the world's best swimmers in non-Olympic years, and Mutual of Omaha agreed to sponsor the made-for-TV event.

Since its debut in 2003, Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool has grown in popularity as the U.S. team has soared to world dominance. But there are many other nations nipping at our heels. In 2009, three European country swim stars stepped on the blocks to challenge the U.S. And, this year, seven nations come to Atlanta to attempt to knock the Team USA off the podium.

2003 Indianapolis, Indianapolis
At the inaugural event, the Americans overwhelmed the Australia Telstra Dolphins 196-74, winning 21 of the 26 events. This result set the stage for Team USA's dominant performance at both the 2003 World Championships and later the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

2005 Irvine, California
In 2005, Team USA captured victories in 18 of the 28 events in front of the sold-out crowd of 2,600. Teams USA won 190-102, but the Australians rode a wave of talent on the women's side, outscoring the American women 76-70.

2007 Sydney, Australia
Australians had the home crowd advantage in Sydney following the World Championships, but the U.S. continued its reign, winning181.5-129.5.

2009 Manchester, England
Thirty-five American athletes went head-to-head against a team of European All Stars made up of top swimmers from Great Britain, Germany and Italy. Team USA kept to business in front of the boisterous Manchester England crowd during the two-day dual meet. The result was an impressive score of 185-78 over the E-Stars.