If you thought the final two minutes of Colorado State’s win over the Washington State Cougars constituted the most thrilling finish on Saturday, well, you’re probably not a swimming fan.
Trailing 68-54 after Friday, the United States mounted an epic comeback against the European All-Stars at the Duel in the Pool on Saturday. With the scored tied at 131 points after 30 events, an extra race — a mixed 4×50-meter relay — was held to determine the overall victor. The U.S. team of Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, Claire Donahue, and Simone Manuel came through in the clutch to secure the win, with Manuel touching the wall a mere 0.2 seconds ahead of Britain’s Francesca Halsall.
Speaking after the nail-biting finish, Halsall was gracious in defeat:
I knew I’d have to calm back down and get ready for a swim-off and that was hard and emotional but so great to be a part of and I really enjoyed it. Standing up as a European team and being that close to the Americans with so many people behind you is something I will be proud of for a long time (Inside the Games).
The win preserves the United States’ undefeated streak in the biennial swimming competition, first held in 2003.
[Source: Inside the Games]