2016 Aquatic Super Series – Perth
- Dates: Friday February 5th to Saturday February 6th
- Friday: 5:30 pm local (4:30 am EST/1:30 am PST)
- Saturday: 5:30 pm local (4:30 am EST/1:30 am PST)
- General Information
- Team Rosters
Over the last year there have been some major changes to the annual Aquatic Super Series. First was the news in October that BHP was pulling out as the title sponsor of the event and for the first time in the event’s three year history there has been a reduction in the number of teams involved.
At first glance an event that includes the Australian, Chinese and Japanese swim teams, the second, third and eighth place teams at the most recent World Championships, would be thought to be a captivating competition. At closer look the Australians look like they will capture the team championship with ease.
The Australian team includes World Championship gold medalists Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell as well as Cameron McEvoy, Mack Horton, Cate Campbell, Jessica Ashwood and Madi Wilson all of whom took home individual medals from Kazan.
Olympic silver medalist James Magussen, who was added to the team after having a strong showing at the Victorian Open Championships, will be competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Although the Chinese team won 13 medals in Kazan after the withdrawal of Sun Yang, due to a foot injury, the only individual medalists left on the team will be Zhang Yufei and Liu Xiang. Ning Zetao, Wang Shun, Fu Yuanhui, Shi Jinglin and Lu Ying will not be competing in Perth.
Olympic champion Ye Shiwen will be racing both the 200 and 400 IM.
The Japanese team will be missing all of their World Championship medalists which includes Daiya Seto, Kanako Watanabe and Natsumi Hoshi. The top swimmers representing the nation will be Yasuhiro Koseki, Shinri Shioura and Sakiko Shimizu.