Soni To Race For U.S. In Duel In The Pool

Oct. 28, 2009

Former USC All-American, NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist and current Trojan assistant coach Rebecca Soni is among 36 top American swimmers who will compete against a squad of European swimmers at the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England,. Dec. 18-19.

The event, which will be broadcast on NBC on Dec. 27 from 2-4 p.m. ET, will include Soni as well as other Olympic gold medalists like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Aaron Peirsol.

Team USA will face a team comprised of the top swimmers from Great Britain, Germany and Italy. The event will be held at the Manchester Aquatic Center.

Swimmers will be awarded for world-records and wins with world records commanding up to a $15,000 bonus and gold medals commanding $1,000.

In addition to Soni, Trojan Club swimmer Jessica Hardy (who trains under USC Coach Dave Salo) will also compete. Former Trojan Hayley McGregory will also race.

The U.S. team is comprised of the fastest swimmers selected from four meets in 2009 - the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, Word University Games, U.S. Open and FINA World Championships. The European Select Team will be comprised of up to 18 men and 18 women from Great Britain, Germany and Italy, with each country sending a team of six men and six women.

The meet format will be short course meters. This is the fourth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in the history of USA Swimming. Past Duels were held in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and pit all-star teams from the U.S. and Australia against each other. The U.S. is 3-0 in the history of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. For more information about this year's Duel, visit

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