Australia edges out US
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.
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.