Tyrrell Helps Team USA to Victory at the 2011 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool

Assistant Coach Kevin Tyrrell saw one world record and five American records fall at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Assistant Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach Kevin Tyrrell served as a team manager at this weekend’s Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, helping Team USA to a 181.5-80.5 victory over the European All-Stars.

“Serving as assistant team manager for the Duel in the Pool was a great learning experience,” Tyrrell commented. “Being around the quality of athlete and coaching staff represented on Team USA was thrilling and motivates me to learn as much as possible in order to be a better coach and staff member at Harvard.”

Team USA’s roster for the Duel in the Pool featured 21 Olympians, including Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Brendan Hansen, Dana Vollmer and Amanda Beard. The European roster, meanwhile, was comprised of World Championship swimmers from Great Britain, Netherlands, Poland, Belarus, Denmark, Austria and Lithuania.

“I was happy to help the athletes and coaches of Team USA in anyway necessary.  The opportunity to listen to coaches such as David Marsh of SwimMAC North Carolina, Jack Bauerle of the University of Georgia, National Team Director Frank Busch and Mike Bottom of the University of Michigan interact with high level athletes was incredible,” added Tyrrell. “I appreciate the Harvard athletic department, especially our Head Coach Tim Murphy, for allowing me the scheduling flexibility to make such a trip possible.”

One world record and five American records fell over the course of the two-day event, which was hosted at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. The 400 medley relay team of Coughlin, Soni, Vollmer and Missy Franklin topped the European All-Stars in a world record time of 3:45.56 on Friday, after Coughlin gave the U.S. a lead through the first 100 meters with an American record time of 55.97. Caitlin Leverenz also set an American record on Friday with a time of 4:24.62 in the 400 IM.

Three more American records were toppled on Saturday including both portions of the 200 fly. Kathleen Hersey went 2:03.49 on the women’s side, finishing nearly a second faster than the previous record of 2:04.26, while Davis Tarwater touched the wall in 1:51.90 for the men. In the 400 free relay, Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Vollmer and Missy Franklin combined for an American record time of 3:28.46.

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The bi-annual Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool is a made-for-TV event, designed to showcase the sport’s most exciting swimmers. This was the fifth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in the history of USA Swimming. Past Duels were held in 2003, 2005, 2007 that pitted All-Star teams from the U.S. and Australia against each other and 2009 featured the U.S. against European All-Stars. The U.S. is now 5-0 in the history of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool.