Eurosport - Mon, 15 Feb 17:26:00 2010
Ross Davenport is excited by the prospect of facing world champion Paul Biedermann when Britain goes head to head with Germany in a two-day meet in Swansea.
The team event consists of straight finals and takes place this weekend.
"I am really excited to swim against one of the world's best swimmers," Davenport said, a double freestyle champion at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
"You always want to compete against the best competition possible and this meet is giving me that opportunity.
"I obviously want to beat Paul, but I am going to be interested to see how I fare.
"It is the first time that I will be competing in a team event in this format and I'm really excited to be part of the team and it'll be good to be fighting for points for the team.
"It is great to have such a high quality German team to compete against. They have sent the best that they possible could and I think it will be interesting to see how the Brits do.
"A good result this weekend will give me confidence for the rest of the season but it is still early in the season. I think that it will be good to see how we compare to the German team at this point before Europeans later in the year."
British Swimming head coach Dennis Pursley said: "The British athletes will be coming to the end of an intensive training period before the British Gas Swimming Championships in March, while the German athletes are just returning after their winter break and so are building back into their training period.
"This is going to be a great opportunity to see who has the mental toughness to get up and race despite the challenges of heavy training.
"As head coach it is great to see where our athletes are in terms of their individual training plans. I will have different expectations from each of the athletes but I look forward to seeing where they are and if we need to make changes to their plans before the rest of the season begins."