United States falls behind Europe at Duel in the Pool

Tom Shields took first in the 100 meter butterfly for the United States at Duel in the Pool.
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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The United States fell behind Friday in the Duel in the Pool, putting it in position for its first loss in the event.

The European All Stars won eight of 14 races Friday to take a 68-54 into the second and final day. The U.S. has won all five previous Duels in the Pool, beating Australia in the first three and the Europeans in 2009 and 2011.

Even without its top male swimmer, Ryan Lochte, the Americans won five of the seven men's races, with Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer taking the 400 individual medley.

But the European women got the better of their American rivals, winning six races and losing one in the short-course pool.

"We'll come out fighting tomorrow," U.S. coach Carol Capitani told broadcaster Sky Sports. "Let's go out and show some gumption."

Five points are awarded for a win, three for second place, and one for third.

American Eugene Godsoe won the men's 200 backstroke, Micah Lawrence took the 200 breaststroke, Tom Shields won the 100 butterfly, and Michael Klueh topped the field in the 400 freestyle.

"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."

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