A cavalcade of Olympic and world champions including Katie Ledecky, Florent Manaudou, Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos joined forces for what they hope will be part of the sportâ€™s future in Indianapolis on Saturday.
The inaugural meeting of the professional International Swimming League (ISL) predictably produced some sizzling times.
More importantly, it showcased a fast-paced team competition more akin to an American university meet than a traditional international competition.
â€œIt was very exciting. This is what weâ€™ve been waiting for,â€ said Swede Sjostrom, the Olympic 100m butterfly champion.
â€œIt feels like a world champs final with the people behind the blocks.â€