Olympic champs in pool duel
Michael Jamieson and Fran Halsall will face a fearsome United States select at the 2013 Duel In The Pool in Glasgow in December.
Jamieson and Halsall will be joined by a host of Olympic and world champions in a European team facing a fearsome United States select including Olympic and world title-holders Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky.
Olympic 200 metres breaststroke silver medallist Jamieson and Halsall, who won Britain's only medal at this summer's World Championships in Barcelona with 50m freestyle bronze, are among 12 Britons on the 37-strong European Allstars team for the two-day event at the Tollcross International Sports Centre.
Tollcross is the venue for next year's Commonwealth Games pool competition and is also where Jamieson and Robbie Renwick spent their formative years with City of Glasgow.
They will be joined by the likes of French trio Florent Manaudou, the Olympic 50m freestyle champion, Yannick Agnel, who added two world titles this summer to his double gold in London, and Fabien Gilot, Olympic and world freestyle relay champion.
Double Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who won sprint freestyle gold to Halsall's bronze this summer, triple 2012 medallist Camille Muffat and Lotte Friis, who won two silvers in Barcelona are others among a medal-laden European team.
However, they face a USA team that features - among many others - five-time Olympic and 15-time world champion Lochte as well as Ledecky, the 16-year-old who usurped Rebecca Adlington as 800m freestyle champion last year before lowering the Briton's world record in Barcelona en route to four global titles.
A reunion between Friis and Ledecky is on the cards, the pair playing out two head-to-head tussles in Spain which had the Palau Sant Jordi enthralled and led USA coach Dave Salo to admiringly say of the teenager "she's just not normal".
Other Britons on the European Allstars include Hannah Miley, Jaz Carlin, Renwick - also back at his home pool - Andrew Willis, fourth in the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona, and James Guy, the teenager tipped for a bright future after finishing fifth in the 400m freestyle in Spain as well as a medal-laden European and World junior campaign.
British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss believes this year's European squad is the most competitive he has seen.
"The European Allstars features by far the strongest line up we've ever seen in what will be the third of these exciting biennial events," said Furniss.
"Both teams include a multitude of Olympic and world champions and medallists, and therefore the head-to-head promises to be a dramatic encounter.
"The USA are sending a very strong team so the challenge facing the Europeans will be immense but it will provide a great spectator event at the home of next year's Commonwealth Games."
The USA line-up also sees Jessica Hardy, Caitlin Leverenz, Anthony Ervin, Tyler Clary and Cullen Jones spearheading the USA challenge as they look to reclaim the title they won two years ago in Atlanta.
"We've assembled a nice mix of veteran performers and rising stars on the US roster, and we look forward to racing some of the top swimmers in Europe," said USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch.
"The Duel in the Pool has become a must-watch event for swimming fans around the globe, and USA Swimming is excited to compete against a talented European Allstars in Glasgow."