South Africa, Japan Announce Rosters for BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series

The South African and Japanese rosters for the swimming portion of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series have been officially announced. With the previous announcements of the Australian and Brazilian teams, we now have a much clearer picture of what the meet will look like. Only China’s roster is still a mystery at this point.

The South African team is led by Chad Le Clos and Cameron Van der Burgh, the reigning world champs in the 100/200 fly and 50 breast, respectively. Le Clos has to be the butterfly favorite at this meet, as he’s been on a tear as of late. Van der Burgh appears set up for several great battles with Australian Christian Sprenger, who took the 100 breast silver medal behind Van der Burgh at the London Olympics and then upset him for the world championship in Barcelona this past summer. Sprenger was also just a hundredth away from beating Van der Burgh in the 50 breaststroke at short course Worlds as well.

Japan’s squad is headlined by Olympians Ryosuke Irie, Kosuke Hagino and Natsumi Hoshi. Irie looks like the best backstroker in the field, coming off a summer in which he finished 4th at Worlds in both the 100 and 200. Hagino took home a silver medal at that same meet in the 200 IM, and he looks like he could be in for a tight showdown with bronze medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil here. Hoshi took home the 200 butterfly bronze in London, and also finished 4th at Worlds in Barcelona. Notably absent from the Japanese lineup are backstroker Aya Terakawa (who announced her retirement earlier this month after medaling twice at Worlds) and breaststroker Satomi Suzuki.

The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series will run from January 31st-February 2nd in Perth, Western Australia. Here are the 4 teams with full rosters announced at this point:

South African roster

Men Women
Devon Brown Erin Gallagher
Ryan Coetzee Lehesta Kemp
Jarred Crous Clarice Le Roux
Charl Crous Justine Macfarlane
Chad Ho Trudi Maree
Mark Hunter Rita Naude
Clayton Jimmie Kyna Pereira
Calvyn Justus Karin Prinsloo
Chad Le Clos Marlies Ross
Daniel Marais Tatjana Schoenmaker
Caydon Muller Nathania Van Niekerk
Darren Murray Rene Warnmes
Luke Pendock
Hercules Prinsloo
Christopher Reid
Daniel Ronaldson
Ayrton Sweeney
Cameron Van der Burgh
Giulio Zorzi

 

Japanese roster

Men Women
Takuro Fujii Sayaka Akase
Kosuke Hagino Asami Chida
Ryosuke Irie Natsumi Hoshi
Kenta Ito Chihiro Igarashi
Kohei Kawamoto Yayoi Matsumoto
Yuki Kobori Mio Motegi
Yasuhiro Koseki Miyu Otsuka
Takeshi Matsuda Miho Takahashi
Katsumi Nakamura Miki Uchida
Koichiro Okazaki Kanaki Watanabe
Daiya Seto Misuzu Yabu
Shinri Shioura Misaki Yamaguchi
Yuki Shirai
Sho Sotodate
Akihiro Yamaguchi
Kohei Yamamoto

 

Australian roster

Men Women
Ashley Delaney Jessica Ashwood
Thomas Fraser-Holmes Bronte Barratt
Jordan Harrison Cate Campbell
Grant Irvine Bronte Campbell
Matson Lawson Alicia Coutts
Daniel Lester Sally Foster
James Magnussen Ellen Gandy
Cameron McEvoy Madeline Groves
David McKeon Belinda Hocking
James Roberts Emma McKeon
Christian Sprenger Taylor McKeown
Kenneth To Keryn McMaster
Daniel Tranter Kylie Palmer
Benjamin Treffers Leiston Picktt
Chris Wright Emily Seebohm

 

Brazilian roster

Men Women
Nicholas Araujo Dias Dos Santos Joanna Albuquerque Maranhao Melo
Henrique Cavalcanti Rodrigues Beatriz Azzolini Travalon
Marcos Antonio Costa Ferreira De Macedo Natalia De Luccas
Brandonn Cruz De Almeida Alessandra Christine Harrison Marchioro
Felipe Ferreira Lima Graciele Herrmann
Leonardo Gomes De Deus Larissa Martins De Oliveira
Joao Luiz Gomes Junior Daniele Paoli De Jesus
Guilherme Guido Bruna Rocha
Luiz Altamir Lopes Melo Nathalia Siqeira Almeida
Thiago Machado Viela Pereira
Alan Madeira Vitoria
Daniel Orzechowksi
Matheus Paulo De Santana
Fernando Pires Dos Santos
Henrique Ribeiro Marque Barbosa
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