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Jazz confident European swimmers can hit the right note

JAZZ Carlin believes the European team is in its best shape yet to take on the United States in this weekend's Duel in the Pool in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old was part of the side who slumped to a 185 to 78 defeat in the event in Manchester in 2009, with Team USA coming out on top again in 2011 in Atlanta.

But Carlin is confident the European Allstars will boast their most formidable line-up to date for what has been billed as the Ryder Cup of swimming in the city's Tollcross Centre today and tomorrow.

She said: "The Europe team is one of the strongest we've had.

"I raced the Duel in the Pool in 2009 and we did get a bit of a beating then but with the team we've got now, I think we are definitely in with a fighting chance.

"I'm really excited to race. I just want to get stuck in and race. When you are up against the Americans, you want to win."

Tollcross is also the swimming venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games this coming summer.

Carlin added: "I've pre-qualified for the Commonwealth Games for Wales so it's amazing to just finally see the venue and that it's all coming together.

"It makes it feel a lot more real for the Commonwealth Games.

"I'm also really excited for Duel in the Pool as well and I think it's going to be a great competition."

Carlin is back on top form, setting a new Welsh 800 metres freestyle record after winning her heat and finishing fourth overall in the European Short-Course Championship last week.

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