Los Angeles and New York - December 13, 2011– Universal Sports Network and NBC announced today that it will broadcast the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, a competition pitting the best swimmers from the U.S. against Europe ’s best. Duel in the Pool will air on Universal Sports Network this Friday at 7 p.m. ET and will conclude on NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, with a re-air on Universal Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. The event is part ofUniversal Sports Network’s “Swim Week” which will include the debut of its newest five-night original series “Against the Tide,” a chronicle of the comeback effort of Olympic medalist Ed Moses as he attempts to quality for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool features a short-course meters format and pits Team U.S.A. against European All-Stars from Great Britain , the Netherlands , Poland , Belarus , Denmark , Austria and Lithuania . Points are awarded for first, second and third places in individual and relay events. The event will star U.S. Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Brendan Hansen, Dana Vollmer and Amanda Beard. The meet will also feature 2011 World Championship gold medalists Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel as well as Olympians Peter Vanderkaay and Eric Shanteau, among many other swimmers.
Universal Sports Network and NBC broadcasters include Dan Hicks, three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines and Andrea Kremer.
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GMM ANNOUNCEMENT: USA SWIMMING NATIONAL TEAM ALUMNI can get tickets to the event ($25/session) and special seating. Also, a USA Swimming National Team Social will take place before the Saturday session, a luncheon hosted by Mary T Meagher (now Mary Plant). To attend contact firstname.lastname@example.org.