The 2014 edition of the BHP Aquatic Super Series begins Friday in Perth, Western Australia, with two days worth of swimming (plus a little water polo action thrown in for good measure) and boat-fulls of cash on the line. Swimming will run Friday and Saturday, and Australia will play Croatia in water polo on Saturday in this meet that is purely about a full fan experience.
The meet pits some of the best swimmers from Australia, China, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa against each other in a timed-finals shootout for cash and national glory.
The meet will be swum in a 10 lane pool, and each country gets two of those 10 lanes in each event.
There is roughly half-a-million dollars in prize money up for the swimmers, including awards to high finishers in individual and relay events, as well as a prize to be divided among the winning team.
The water polo match will hand out $100,000, and the SwimTheSwan event on February 2nd will also have a pile of cash prizes.
Full start lists and live results for the meet can be found here. Friday’s swimming will begin at 5:15 Perth time, which is around 4:15AM New York time, and Saturday will begin at 5:30 Perth time (4:30AM New York time).