Duel in the Pool 2022: Day 2 Live Recap


  • From Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, 2022
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Sydney Olympic Park Aquatics Center (pool, August 20-21)
  • Bondi Beach (open water, August 19)
  • Start times
    • Friday – Open Water: 9:00 a.m. local / 7:00 p.m. ET Thursday
    • Saturday – 7:00 p.m. local / 5:00 a.m. ET
    • Sunday – 7:00 p.m. local / 5:00 a.m. ET
  • MCL (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Complete United States list
  • Complete Australian list

The first pool session of Duel in the Pool 2022 is here. If you thought that the ISL organizes freak events, this encounter takes it to the next level. Today’s session will feature random order IM, 3×50 stroke relays, split races, multi-class/valid relay, para relays and skin races alongside the “normal” swimming events.

Team Australia got off to a strong start yesterday, beating the United States in the 4×800 mixed open water relay to gain an early 8-6 advantage in the points race.

Swimming Australia does not publish psychological sheets, so we cannot know for sure in advance who is swimming what events. That being said, you can check out our Day 2 preview here, where we break down the potential swims we’ll see in each event.

If you haven’t heard, Coleman Hodges is hosting a live watch party on the SwimSwam YouTube channel, which you can watch here.

Team scores up to Day 1:

  1. Australia – 8
  2. United States – 6


In a thrilling first run in the pool, Australian anchor Mollie O’Callaghan managed to sink Mallory Comerford for the United States. justin ress got the Americans off to a great start, sharing 52.9 over the backstroke. Michael Andre also had a strong showing, swimming the breaststroke leg against the 200 breaststroke world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook. Predictably, the Aussie superstar Emma McKeon evened things up on the fly leg, putting O’Callaghan in strike position on the anchor.

The Australians finished in 3:42.29, with the USA just behind in 3:42.82.

Team scores:

  1. Australia – 16
  2. United States – 12


The 400 is divided into 3 segments: a 200 with 3:00 rest, then swimmers will dive again off the blocks for another 100 over a 2:00 interval, then they will dive again for a final 100.

bella sims got off to a blistering start, accelerating to 1:58.39 over the top 200. This gave him a 1.5 second lead going into the second leg of the race. She earned a bonus point for leading the 200m. Lani Pallister was also under 2:00 in the 200m, swimming in 1:59.82.

Lani Pallister then produced a very good 2nd 50 to take the lead on the first of the 100 segments. She was all smiles as she exited the pool. His teammate led 57.27 Leah Neale (57.35) and Sims (57.53).

Sims looked very tired after the 2nd leg of the race, but still managed to get off to a fast start in the last 100, leading the field in the top 50. She faded in the 2nd round, however, eventually touching 4th place in the final 100. It was Australian open water specialist Kareena Lee who hit the final 100, drawing on her superior stamina to do the job. Lee managed to clock a 57.61 in a daring performance over the final 100 meters of the race.

The Sims ultimately emerged victorious, helping close the gap in the team’s score.

Team results

  1. Australia – 21
  2. United States – 20


Shaine Casas put in a tremendous performance in the men’s 100m butterfly, clocking in at 50.86. USA Swimming has chosen to aim for double the points in this event, which each team can do once per day. Casas left no doubt, accelerating to his 50.86, which comes within half a second of his personal best 50.40.

Matthew Temple of Australia also had a strong race, taking 2nd place in 51.37.

Team results

  1. United States – 31
  2. Australia – 24


In a very rare occurrence, this encounter includes multi-class relays. Five-time Paralympian Matt Levy gave Australia a big lead in this 4×50 mixed freestyle relay. equalized in the second leg.

Diving just ahead, Australian presenter Will Martin managed to hold off a Jamal Hill charge for the United States. In a thrilling finish, Australia took the win in 1:53.62, with the United States close behind in 1:54.01.

Australia chipped away at the American lead with this performance.

Team results

  1. United States – 37
  2. Australia – 32


Beata Nelson led the way in the top 50, while Linnea Mack and Chelsea Gubecka were eliminated. Nelson swam a solid 26.06, advancing with Emma McKeon, Brianna Throsseland Gabi Albiero.

The 2nd phase saw Emma McKeon clock a 26.41 to edge Nelson to the finish. Throssell and Albiero were lagging considerably behind. both end up being eliminated. Nelson was right behind McKeon, clocking 26.56.

In the final race, McKeon and Nelson raced against each other. Nelson’s subs gave him a slight advantage early in the race. In a perhaps shocking turn of events, Nelson rode another great run, clocking 26.92, while McKeon passed out. This proved strategic on Team Australia’s part, however, as they hit their “double dip” button. Each team is allowed to press the button in a race of skins each session, and the result is a new swim of the last 50.

In the 4th 50 of this skins event, McKeon was all over the place. Nelson didn’t have the same advantage off the start and underwater. McKeon took a slight lead early and was able to hold that lead over Nelson. She swam a 27.18, while Nelson finally hit the wall.

4 50s later, McKeon was able to secure crucial points for the Australian side, leveling the scores.

Team results

  1. United States – 45 (tie)
  2. Australia – 45 (tie)

100m breaststroke men

Kevin Houseman came out first, leading a tight field at the 50m mark. In a somewhat unusual projection for Michael Andrehe was a little more conservative on the first 50, but exploded out of the corner and regained the lead on the second 50. He raced to victory in 59.77, putting the United States back in the lead.

Houseman moved up to 4th in the stretch, swimming in 1:00.64. Australian Sam Williamson took 2nd place in 1:00.46, with the world record holder in the 200 breaststroke Zac Stubblety-Cook taking 3rd place in 1:00.57.

Team results

  1. United States – 59
  2. Australia – 55


Australia was all over the place in this race, showcasing their women’s superiority in the free sprint. Meg Harris took the win in a sizzling 24.44, edging teammate Madi Wilson (24.62) by a tick. None of the Americans were under 25 seconds, but AMy Fulmer had a solid run for 3rd place, swimming in 25.01. That comes right next to his personal best of 24.86.

Team results

  1. United States – 64
  2. Australia – 60


Chelsea Hodges roared over the top 50, accelerating to a blistering 30.52 to safely advance to the next round. Kaitlyn DoblerJenna Stauch and Annie Lazor each also advanced to the next round.

Kaitlyn Dobler got off to a phenomenal start, spinning well ahead of the peloton. However, Hodges did a great build job throughout his run and was able to pass Dobler. Hodges swam a 30.77, scoring an excellent performance, considering she was just 0.25 seconds faster in the top 50. Dobler finished 2nd in 31.30, also moving up, while Strauch and Lazor were eliminated.

Dobler again got off to a great start, but his race pace slowed significantly throughout the race. This was again strategic, as the United States would hit their “double dip” button just as Australia did on the 50 flyskins. Hodges slowed down on that 50, swimming 32.40, while Dobler swam a more relaxed 34.00.

In the 4th and final 50, Dobler once again got off to a huge start, putting Hodges ahead. Dobler wouldn’t be taken down by Hodges this time. however, and she was accelerating to victory in 31.55. In a carbon copy of the 50 flyskins, the “double dip” ended in victory for the team that pushed it.

Team results

  1. United States – 85
  2. Australia – 66


American duo David Johnston and Luke Hobson, teammates from the University of Texas, led the first 300 of this broken 800, giving the United States an advantage in the remaining segments of the race. They were in 2:50.45 and 2:50.48 respectively, with Charlie Clark, also of the United States, touching 3rd in 2:51.52. At this point, Australia’s hopes rest with the veteran Mack Horton.

Mack Horton was in his element on the 2nd 200 of the race, turning him over the last 50 to touch first in 1:52.01. David Johnston held on, swimming in 1:52.20. Arriving just 0.19 seconds behind Horton, Johnston still held on to his lead.

It looked like open water specialist Kara Lee was out of the way in the first section of the race, but he dug deep in that 3rd section, taking the win in 1:54.04. Horton was strong again, swimming in 1:54.05, putting him essentially level with Johnston in overall time as we head into the final 100.

That was all Mack Horton on the final 100. Luke Hobson gave it a run, but Horton swam a 53.19 in a display of true toughness. This was enough for Horton to overtake the overall lead as well, as David Johnston passed out at the end of the race.

Team results

  1. Australia – 74
  2. United States – 69


Ryan held put in a great performance to get away with the men’s 100 freestyle, clocking 48.20. Australian Zac Incerti put in a roaring 2nd 50 but wasn’t quite able to crush Held. Incerti still managed a solid run, touching in 48.68.

Grant House finished 3rd in 49.15, while Matthew Temple finished 4th in 49.55.

Team results

  1. United States – 85
  2. Australia – 82











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