Australia edges out US

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

AUSTRALIA trumped team USA for the $250,000 prize money at the Aquatic Su­per Se­ries last week­end.

The lo­cals fin­ished the event on 626 points, the US 586 points and Ja­pan and China were third and fourth on 548 and 520 points re­spec­tively.

James Mag­nussen and Emma McKeon got Australia off to a good start, win­ning the first two events on Fri­day night at HBF Sta­dium, and de­spite a win in the women’s 4x50m med­ley re­lay, the men could only man­age sil­ver to the Amer­i­cans in the fi­nal race of the first night.

Sis­ters Cate and Bronte Camp­bell were the fastest in Australia’s re­lay win, with the lo­cals touch­ing the wall three sec­onds quicker than the US.

For­mer Dalkeith res­i­dent Tom­maso D’Or­sogna lined up with Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard and Cameron McEvoy for the men’s med­ley re­lay but were pipped at the post by the Amer­i­cans by less than a sec­ond.

On the fi­nal night of com­pe­ti­tion, Mag­nussen fin­ished sec­ond to Amer­i­can Josh Sch­nei­der in the 50m freestyle, with McEvoy com­ing in third, and the Amer­i­cans beat the Aus­tralian com­bi­na­tion of McEvoy, Mag­nussen, D’Or­sogna and Jay­den Hadler in the 50m freestyle re­lay.

Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list Emily See­bohm won the 100m back­stroke, hit­ting the wall in 58.89 sec­onds, just over half a sec­ond out­side her Aus­tralian record time of 58.23 sec­onds.

Cate Camp­bell was named Swim­mer of the Meet for her 24.03sec 50m freestyle ef­fort, along with Ja­pan’s Ryosuke Irie who fin­ished the 100m back­stroke in 53.15 sec­onds.

The Aussie Stingers women’s wa­ter polo team beat China 14-8 on Fri­day night and the Aussie Sharks beat the US 14-5 the fol­low­ing night.

Aus­tralians Mel Gorman, Chelsea Gubecka and Ka­reena Lee fin­ished first, sec­ond and third in the 10km Swim the Swan Chal­lenge on Sun­day, se­cur­ing their spots in the FINA World Cup in Mex­ico in May.

Team USA grabbed the top two spots in the men’s event, with An­drew Gem­mell and Alex Meyer com­ing first and sec­ond ahead of Daniel Fogg from Great Bri­tain.

Pic­tures: Matt Jelonek

Clock­wise from above: Emily See­bohm on her way to victory in the 100m back­stroke; Cameron McEvoy signs au­to­graphs for fans; Aussie fans cheer on the home team. Inset be­low: Tom­maso D’Or­sogna in the men’s 100m but­ter­fly.

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