The first BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series was run in 2013 in Perth and included Australia, China and South Africa. The second year saw Australia, Japan, China, South Africa and Brazil included in the competition. This year’s events in Perth, which will run January 30th-February 1st, will include Australia, the United States, Japan and China.
The CEO of Swimming Australia is extremely excited to see the American involved in the third year of the competition, “Team USA is an incredible addition to the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series,” said Mark Anderson.
“It demonstrates the great appeal of this event to the best swimming nations and provides further expansion of the meet which will ensure that this event will become entrenched in the international swimming calendar.”
There is a lot of incentive for increased participation as swimmers will be competing for a share of $400,000 in prize money.
“The 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is a great way to kick off the year, it gives our team a chance to get some international racing experience in before we go into the National Championships in April and then the FINA World Championships in August,” said National Team Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren.
“We don’t often get the opportunity to race such strong competitors on home soil so I’m sure we will see some world class swimming over the two days, especially with a number of our swimmers with world number one times for 2014 coming up against swimmers from Japan and China and now the USA who have joined the line-up for 2015.”
Program of events for the two day competition are as follows:
|Day 1 Friday 30 January 2015|
|Time of Day||Event No.||Program|
|5:30pm LIVE||1||200m freestyle||Womens|
|7||200m individual medley||Womens|
|13||400m individual medley||Mens|
|15||4x50m individual medley||Mens|
|Approx 8:30pm||Womens water polo > Austarlia v China|
|Day 2 Saturday 31 January 2015|
|Approx 3:45pm||Mens water polo > Australia v United States of America|
|5:30pm LIVE||16||200m freestyle||Mens|
|22||200m individual medley||Mens|
|28||400m individual medley||Womens|
|30||4x50m individual medley||Womens|
Australia has announced their team for the event which includes Cate Campbell, Emily Seebohm, Thomas Fraser-Holmes and James Magnussen as well as Pan Pacific Championship gold medallist Cameron McEvoy, four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon.
The other three teams involved in the competition have not announced their rosters for the event, but in the past Japan has sent swimmers such as Kosuke Hagino, Ryosuke Irie and Daiya Seto while the Chinese have included Fu Yuanhui and Ye Shiwen.
The full of the Australian team will include:
MEN: Tommaso D’Orsogna, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Jayden Hadler, Mack Horton, Grant Irvine, Mitchell Larkin, James Magnussen, Travis Mahoney, Cameron McEvoy, David McKeon, Jake Packard and Buster Sykes
WOMEN: Jessica Ashwood, Bronte Barratt, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Madeline Groves, Emma McKeon, Taylor McKeown, Keryn McMaster, Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks and Madison Wilson
The official meet website can be found here.