Europe leads U.S. 68-54
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Mireia Belmonte of Spain won the 400-meter freestyle and the 400 individual medley to help a team of European All-Stars take a 68-54 lead over the United States on the first night of the Duel in the Pool swim meet Friday.
Belmonte won the 400 IM in 4 minutes, 24.58 seconds, with Britain's Aimee Willmott second in 4:26.80. American Caitlin Leverenz was third in 4:28.45.
The U.S. has won all five previous Duel in the Pool meets, beating Australia in the first three and the Europeans in 2009 and 2011. The two-day, short-course meters competition at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre ends Saturday.
"We'll come out fighting tomorrow," U.S. coach Carol Capitani told broadcaster Sky Sports. "Let's go out and show some gumption."
In the men's 400 IM, Americans Conor Dwyer and Chase Kalisz finished 1-2. Dwyer touched first in 4:01.76 and Kalisz was second in 4:02.40. David Verraszto of Hungary was third in 4:03.04.
The U.S. was missing its biggest stars, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin. Lochte is injured and Franklin is attending college.
Besides Dwyer, other U.S. winners were Eugene Godsoe in the 200 backstroke, Micah Lawrence in the 200 breaststroke, Tom Shields in the 100 butterfly and Michael Klueh in the 400 free. Kevin Cordes finished third in the 200 breaststroke, with an American short-course record time of 2:02.38.
"I'm more of a distance swimmer than some of these other guys, so I knew I would have a little more at the end," Klueh said.
The biggest cheers of the night came when Scotland's Michael Jamieson won the men's 200 breaststroke.
"I was out a bit too slow and had a bit too much left at the end to be honest," he said. "I'm delighted about the result but I had it in my legs to go a bit quicker."
Other European winners were: Michelle Coleman of Sweden in the 100 free, Yannick Agnel of France in the 100 free, Daryna Zevina of Ukraine in the 200 back, and Jeanette Ottesen-Gray of the Netherlands in the 100 fly.
Europe won the women's 400 medley relay in 3:49.14, and the U.S. won the men's medley relay in 3:23.24.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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