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Feb 1 15

Belmonte, Koch double at Luxembourg Euro Meet

by ZwemZa
Mireia Belmonte

Mireia Belmonte

The second day of the Luxembourg Euro Meet produced a pair of doubles from Mireia Belmonte and Marco Koch.

Melania Costa put up a 1:58.83 to win the women’s 200-meter free to start day two.  Alice Mizzau touched second in 1:59.57 with Johanna Friedrich taking third in 2:00.86.

Paul Biedermann snagged the men’s 200-meter free title in 1:48.56, moving to seventh in the early part of the world rankings.  Velimir Stjepanovic touched second in 1:49.98 with Philip Heintz earning third in 1:50.01.

Germany’s Marco Koch moved to third in the world with a 28.24 to win the men’s 50-meter breast, while Andrew Weatheritt took second in 28.36.  Fjodors Mjasojedovs wound up third in 28.46.

Mireia Belmonte edged Jakabos in the women’s 200-meter IM, 2:15.29 to 2:15.63, while Beatriz Gomez took third in 2:17.12.

Koch won his second gold of the night with a 2:11.45 in the men’s 200-meter breast.  That swim pushed him to third in the world rankings, just behind Cody Miller’s 2:11.35 from Perth on Friday.

Belmonte snared a second title as well with a 2:10.23 win in the women’s 200-meter fly.  Judith Ignacio took second in 2:10.93 with Martina Van Berkel placing third in 2:11.20.

2015 Luxembourg Euro Meet, Day Two – Results

For the full story and more go to Swimming World Magazine

Feb 1 15

Campbell on track for world titles

by ZwemZa
Cate Campbell (AAP)

Cate Campbell (AAP)

Australian swimming’s golden girl Cate Campbell didn’t feel at full fitness at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth but her dominant swims proved she’s well on track for the world championships later this year.

Five months after shoulder surgery, Campbell pipped younger sister Bronte in the 50m and 100m freestyle races at the four-nation team event on Friday and Saturday nights to help Australia beat the United States, Japan and China.

Cate will be defending her world title in the 100m freestyle in August this year in Kazan, Russia, but feels far from 100 per cent right now and only expects to be back in full training by mid-year.

Her Perth swims were an ominous sign for her rivals after the 22-year-old edged out her sister by 0.01s in the 100m on Saturday night and by 0.21s in the 50m on Friday.

“I have seen first-hand the times that Bronte is putting together in training so I knew it was going to be incredibly hard and to be perfectly honest I didn’t expect to get there,” Campbell said.

“It might have been nice for her to get there this time, but it’s great to get some points for Australia.”

Cate Campbell still doesn’t expect to be training fully by the world championships with her focus solely on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“It’s really encouraging and it’s always fantastic to get out and have good swims,” Campbell said.

“I’m going to continue building up but I probably won’t be back into full training by the time April rolls around for the trials. I’m going to make sure I get everything right so I probably won’t be back to full training until mid this year.”

It wasn’t just a successful weekend in Perth for Campbell either with Emma McKeon winning both the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle, while Mack Horton also had a double win in the men’s 400m and 1500m freestyle.

Jess Ashwood also claimed victory in the 800m freestyle, Keryn McMaster in the 400m individual medley, Emily Seebohm in the 100m backstroke and James Magnussen in the 100m freestyle before a slow start saw him lose to American Josh Schneider in the 50m.


Feb 1 15

2015 Bellbuoy Challenge bekons

by ZwemZa

Nelson Mandela Bay Bellbuoy Challenge1Billed as the toughest Indian Ocean swim on the planet, the Nelson Mandela Bay Bellbuoy Challenge, sponsored by Jendamark Automation, has attracted swimmers from around the world. Previous winners include international open water swimming Hall of Fame legend, Bulgarian Petar Stoychev, and Australian world record holder and Olympic swimmer Melissa Gorman, this epic 5km swim starts and finishes on Pollok Beach and sees participants swimming 2.5km directly out to sea to round the nautical buoy and returning along the same route. Unpredictable weather, strong currents (particularly over the reef near the buoy) and the fear factor of swimming over more than 30 different species of shark are just some of the reasons which make the Bellbuoy Challenge appealing to open water campaigners.

The 2015 Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge takes place on Saturday 21st February, just one week after the SPAR River Mile, with around 100 swimmers from around South Africa expected to take up the challenge. The swim supports the traditional open water swimming guidelines of participants taking part in just a Speedo costume but also makes provision for a wetsuit category. The bulk of the R21,000 prize pool is offered to the Speedo category. Unique Bellbuoy trophies, made from wire and beads by a local Walmer crafter, are offered the overall costume and wetsuit swimmers plus the age group winners in the 40-50, 50-60 and 60+ age groups (both Male and Female).

“The Bellbuoy Challenge is another of the Metro’s unique events which attracts visitors to our shores but we are well aware, and really concerned, that if the proposed Fish Farm goes ahead this will in all probability be the last Bellbuoy Challenge swim.” said race director Mike Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC who, as a non-profit company, is trying to establish Nelson Mandela Bay as the Watersports Capital of South Africa.

Whilst all participants in this 5km swim have to prove their competentance for such a sea swim, they may be accompanied by a paddle craft to assist with their navigation. Online entries are available on with late entries and an increased entry fee coming into effect from 1st February. Entries close on Wednesday 18th Feb after which no more entries will be permitted. A welcome function and the collection of race kits will be held at News Cafe (Boardwalk) on Friday 20th February from 6pm.

The oldest finisher of the Challenge is Rob Connacher who last year completed the swim in a time of 2 hours 53 minutes at the age of 80yrs and 3 days. The oldest female finisher is USA’s Denise Everitt (2012) at the age of 59yrs 167days whilst the youngest ever swimmer has been Port Elizabeth’s Christie Vaughan (2011) at the age of 14 yrs 28 days with Ian Venter the youngest Male finisher in 2014 at the age of 14 yrs 334 days. The minimum permitted age for swimmers is 14 years of age on race day.
The event offers a fantastic spectacle from Pollok Beach with boats and yachts from the Algoa Bay Yacht Club lining the route in support of the swimmers.

See for further information on the event taking place on Saturday 21st February 2015 at Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth.

Supplied by Zports

Jan 31 15

Australia reigns supreme at BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series

by ZwemZa
Night 2 of the elite pool competition at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series (Swimming Australia)

Night 2 of the elite pool competition at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series
(Swimming Australia)

Following a fantastic opening night at HBF Stadium that saw the Aussie women win the Water Polo against China and the swimmers take the lead in the team point score, Australia continued to dominate on the final night of elite pool competition at HBF Stadium in Perth.

The Australian Swim Team emerged as the overall winners of the meet, taking first place and $250,000 in prize money with their score of 626 points. The USA looked to be closing in on the Aussies in the second half of the night but couldn’t quite grab top spot, finishing second on 586 points. Japan and China were third and fourth on 548 and 520 points respectively.

The illustrious awards for swimmers of the meet went to Australia’s Cate Campbell and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie. Campbell notched 963 FINA points for her blistering 50m freestyle swim where she touched the wall in 24.03 seconds; while Irie grabbed 933 FINA points for his 53.15 swim in the men’s 100m backstroke.

The final night of the elite pool competition at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series started with the Aussie Sharks taking an impressive win over the USA men’s water polo team with a total of 14 points to five.

The Sharks shook off some rough challenges from team USA to remain composed and control the game in the final two quarters to take the win.

At the conclusion of the water polo and following a performance from the Potbelleez, it was Cate and Bronte Campbell who soon had the crowd on the edge of their seat for the women’s 100m freestyle.

The Campbell sister act that has played out so many times in the women’s sprint events was almost reversed today as younger sister Bronte came within just 0.01 of a second of stealing the win from Cate. Bronte hit the wall in a time of 53.14 with Cate just a fraction ahead in 53.13.

Cate said she was happy with her time and knew Bronte would be right by her side at the finish.

“It’s always fantastic to get out and have good swims. And even better in front of a home crowd, Cate said.

It’s really inspiring to hear a roar when your name is announced. It doesn’t happen all that often so it’s really exciting. I’m going to continue building (towards trials) but I probably won’t be back to full training by the time April rolls around but I want to make sure I get everything right. So I probably won’t be back to full training until mid this year,” Cate added.

For so long the race had played out exactly the same way with Cate flying ahead to take the win convincingly as Bronte followed behind, but the 22-year-old nearly didn’t have it all her own way tonight as Bronte stayed by her sister’s side all the way to the wall. Third place went to Margo Geer from the USA who clocked a 54.23.

Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships gold medallist Emily Seebohm signalled her intentions to the world for 2015 when she hit the wall in a time of 58.89 in the women’s 100m backstroke. Hitting the wall just over half a second outside her Australian record time of 58.23, Seebohm’s form is a promising sign for the year ahead.

“That makes me even happier,” Seebohm said of seeing her time.

I just thought it was sub-minute. We’ve been in such hard training at the moment and I only came back on January 5th. I didn’t expect too much and did some tough races last night which really hurt me this morning. But after that, I’m just pumped to get back into it and have a really great year,” Seebohm added.

Australia’s Madi Wilson was the next to the wall in 1:00.06 with China’s Yuanhui Fu rounding out the top three in 1:00.13.

Mack Horton celebrated his one year anniversary of making the Australian Swim Team with two individual wins this weekend in the men’s 400m freestyle on the first night and the 1500m free tonight. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist in this event, Horton demonstrated his dominance stopping the clock in a time of 14:55.76, almost 17 seconds clear of his closest competitor. The USA’s Michael McBroom secured second place in 15:13.48 with Australia’s David McKeon trying his hand at the event and finishing an admirable third in 15:21.60.

Australia picked up some vital team points through Keryn McMaster’s gutsy effort in the women’s 400m individual medley. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in this event stormed home from third place at the final 50 metre turn to take top spot, getting over the top of Sakiko Shimizu (4:37.82) from Japan and Maya Dirado (4:37.85) from the USA in a time of 4:37.79. Just 0.06 of a second separated the top three with the trio going stroke for stroke into the wall.

In other events…

Men’s 100m Butterfly

The men’s 100m butterfly was won by the smallest of margins with Tim Phillips (52.34) from the USA relegating Australia’s Jayden Hadler (52.35) to second by just 0.01 of a second. Third place went to crowd favourite – West Australian Tommaso D’Orsogna in 52.46.

Men’s 200m Freestyle

With Australia leading at the 100 metre turn, it was Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:48.35) who proved too strong in the end of the men’s 200m freestyle stealing the win ahead of Cameron McEvoy (1:48.58), China’s Keyuan Shang (1:48.72) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:48.74). Seto sped home in the final 50 metres to take the maximum points for Japan as they worked their way up the point score ladder.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke

A fast finishing Jake Packard was unlucky not to sneak into second place in the men’s 100m breaststroke with the 20-year-old clocking the fastest final 50 metres to finish in third place behind the USA’s Cody Miller and Japan’s Yusuhiro Koseki. Australian Swim Team debutant Buster Sykes was eighth in 1:02.43.

Women’s 200m Butterfly

The USA’s Cammile Adams (2:07.61) put together an impressive 200m butterfly to take the win ahead of 15-year-old Suzuki Hasegawa from Japan in 2:07.89 and 19-year-old Madeline Groves in 2:09.49.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto continued his run of success at the series taking the win in the men’s 200m individual medley ahead of the USA’s Ryan Lochte and his teammate Hiromasa Fujimori. Seto stopped the clock in a time of 1:58.27, just 0.30 ahead of Lochte relegating him to second place in 1:58.57 with Fujimori finishing in 1:59.89. Australia’s Travis Mahoney was the best placed Aussie in fourth with a time of 2:01.81, while Thomas Fraser-Holmes was back in the water after the 200m freestyle in sixth place in 2:03.73.

Women’s 400m Freestyle

After taking the win in a sprint finish in the women’s 800m freestyle last night, Jessica Ashwood once again sped home in the final 50 metres to overtake teammate Bronte Barratt (4:08.72) and sneak into second place behind China’s Yuhan Zhang (4:06.83) in a time of 4:07.55.

Men’s 50m Freestyle

The men’s splash and dash saw the USA and Australia in a fight for first place as they flew down the outdoor pool at HBF Stadium in Perth. It was Josh Schneider from the USA who picked up the win with a time of 22.38 just ahead of Australians James Magnussen in 22.49 and Cameron McEvoy in 22.51.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke

Japan’s Kanako Watanabe streaked ahead in the women’s 200m breaststroke to finish first in a time of 2:23.43 and collect some much needed points for team Japan. Second place went to Micah Lawrence from the USA in 2:25.19, just sneaking ahead of Runa Imai from Japan in 2:25.48. Commonwealth Games gold medallists Taylor McKeown (2:27.50) and Lorna Tonks (2:32.41) finished in fifth and eighth place respectively.

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie successfully defended his title in the men’s 200m backstroke andclocked an incredibly fast time in the process, hitting the wall in  1:54.62, just outside his All Comers record of 1:54.02 set in 2012. Second place went to a fast finishing Mitch Larkin who touched in a time of 1:56.05 with China’s Jiayu Xu third in 1:57.18. Backing up after the 200m individual medley earlier in the night, Australia’s Travis Mahoney was eighth in 2:03.07.

Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay

The USA’s combination of Josh Schneider, Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones took out the men’s 4 x 50m freestyle in 1:27.93. The Americans led from the outset and the Aussies chased them down over four fast laps but just couldn’t quite catch them. Led out by a strong lap from Cameron McEvoy, the Australians put together a strong relay with Jayden Hadler, James Magnussen and Tommaso D’Orsogna to finish second in 1:28.35. Team Japan were third in 1:28.69. The Australia B team of Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Travis Mahoney, David McKeon and Mack Horton were fifth in 1:32.15.

Women’s 4x50m Medley Relay

The women’s 4 x 50m medley was the last race of the meet, and the home crowd were thrilled with an Aussie domination. Emily Seebohm continued her good form to touch first and hand over to Lorna Tonks who swam a quick breaststroke leg to extend their lead. Brittany Elmslie held strong in the butterfly before Cate Campbell rounded out her spectacular return to competition, the team winning by a body length in 1:48.85.

The Australia B team of Madi Wilson, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell touched in second but with points only being awarded to one country, the USA took second place with Japan in third.

The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series will continue tomorrow with the Swim the Swan Challenge at the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth. Australia will have a number of swimmers vying for the Australian title and selection onto the FINA World Cup team in both the men’s and women’s elite 10km race.

Full results and information from tonight will be available at



Jan 31 15

Japan’s Seto stars in Super Series

by ZwemZa
Japan's Daiya Seto celebrates after winning the final of the men's 400-metre individual medley swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. (AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)

Japan’s Daiya Seto celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 400-metre individual medley swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. (AFP/FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT)

Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto again upstaged American star Ryan Lochte on the second and final day of the Aquatic Super Series in Perth.

Seto, 20, is best known for his short-course exploits, but made it four wins for the event when he beat Lochte, the world record holder in the event, in the 200m individual medley.

Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medallist looking for his first win at the meet, led for the opening 100m and looked to be on track as the field turned at the half-way mark. But Seto surged into the lead in the third lap and held on to win in a time of 1:58.27


Jan 31 15

Huitenga up to the Swan challenge

by ZwemZa
Training partners: Germany's Andreas Waschburger with Australia's Simon Huitenga before a HBF Arena workout. (Michael O'Brien)

Training partners: Germany’s Andreas Waschburger with Australia’s Simon Huitenga before a HBF Arena workout. (Michael O’Brien)

Simon Huitenga hasn’t swum in the Swan River since this time last year.

And the champion Western Australian open water swimmer says his return tomorrow could not be more perfect.

The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series will wind up with the Swim the Swan open water challenge tomorrow near the Barrack Street jetty.

Huitenga, 26, finished second in the 10km elite event last year and is hoping to go one better in 2015.

But he realises the challenge will be tougher than ever, with top-class international competition in town for the event.

Huitenga knows only too well what he’s up against, having trained with some of the inter- national raiders in recent weeks.

He’s even had two Olympians – 2010 world champion Alex Meyer (US) and German Andreas Waschburger – stay with him in the lead-up to the event.

“Both of them raced in London,” Huitenga said.

“Whenever I get the opportunity to host these guys I always take it because they’ve got so much experience.

“A win would be great to build on last year, but it’s going to be tough. With a full international line-up like we’ve got, it’s closer to a World Cup-level race now.

“It couldn’t be any better.

“It’s absolutely perfect for us. We don’t have to travel, we sleep in our own beds.”

Huitenga does all his training with Perth City at Beatty Park but most of his racing has been in the ocean.

He admits he’s not a big fan of swimming the river but his performance tomorrow has huge implications for his year.

Huitenga needs to be a top-four Australian to qualify for the World Cup in Mexico in May. He must finish top two of the Australian contingent there to take his place at the world championships in Russia.

Waschburger, 28, said he decided to come to Perth because he was seeking out the world’s best open-water races in a bid to boost his chances for Olympic qualification for next year.

“I will be racing against other world class, open water swimmers and I have a lot of respect for all of them, but I know that I am strong enough to fight for the podium,” he said.

“It is a great feeling to be in Perth, taking part in one of the world’s top open water races.”

Bridget Lacy

Jan 31 15

Swimming coach Brian King accused of making boy act and bark like a dog

by ZwemZa
Brian King (

Brian King (

Coach Brian King ordered a junior swimmer to get down on all fours and bark because he was “training like a dog”, according to complaints by parents.

In another incident, children as young as 10 were made to swim 1000m of butterfly as punishment for “not listening”.

Mr King, the coach who now trains controversial Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang, was eventually sacked from his position in charge of the 10- to 14-year-old swimmers program at Miami Swimming Club after numerous allegations over his extreme training methods.

The revelations are in documents that indicate Swimming Australia, the Australian Coaches and Teachers Association and Olympic coach Denis Cotterell were slow to act on the allegations levelled against Mr King.

In an email to Miami Swim Club from December 2013, the month he was removed, Australian Swimming Association head Daniel Kowalski advised that sacking Mr King would have a big impact on the club and high-performance funding.

In 2011, then president of Miami Swim Club Shannon Macdonald received several written complaints from parents which she passed on to Cotterell, who she said was slow to address them despite the severity of the claims.

During Mrs Macdonald’s time as president, from 2010 to 2012, one of the most disturbing incidents involved a boy being made to behave like a dog by King.

Mrs Macdonald said she received a written complaint from the 10-year-old’s parents following the alleged incident.

“I did not witness it but a parent came straight to me; Brian King had pulled a kid out of the pool and said he was ‘training like a dog’. He made him go and stand at the end of the pool on all fours and said; ‘bark like a dog you are training like a dog’,” she said.

“It is disgusting. That (complaint) went in writing to Denis. He just rubbished it and in some cases he said, ‘I have spoken to Brian about that and he won’t do it again’.

“The committee did give Brian a letter of warning and attached the ASCTA code of conduct, saying it was unacceptable.”

In a meeting with Miami officials Mr Cotterell questioned the “validity” of some of the claims and told them he believed some of the complaints to be “misguided”.

Mr King remains a coach but is set to face a Swimming Australia-backed independent panel headed by a retired judge.

ASCTA chief executive officer Ross Gage, whose committee has failed to act despite being aware of complaints for more than a year, said Mr King faced ­a life ban if the ­allegations are upheld.

“Worst-case scenario, Brian will lose his ASCTA membership and subsequently his SA ­accreditation and that will then affect his employability in ­Australia,” Mr Gage said.

ASCTA president David Speechley questioned whether King should be a coach.

“These are some things that someone with a large amount of exposure to children should not be accused of,” he said. “Certainly I wouldn’t want him coaching my children, put it that way.”

Mr King and Mr Cotterell did not return calls yesterday.

Jessica Halloran & Amy Harris

Jan 31 15

Jakabos, Belmonte open 2015 at Luxembourg Euro Meet

by ZwemZa
Mireia Belmonte Garcia

Mireia Belmonte Garcia

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte opened up their 2015 campaigns with wins during day one of the Luxembourg Euro Meet.

The meet started off with a bit of an upset as Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos upended Spain’s Mireia Belmonte in the women’s 400-meter IM.

Belmonte had an amazing World short course meet in December and was the only person to have an regular success against European Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu in 2014. Jakabos picked up the win, 4:43.02 to 4:43.14, in the timed final event.  That moves the two to sixth and seventh in the early world standings. Spain’s Beatriz Gomez wound up third overall in 4:45.03.

Belmonte returned in the women’s 800-meter free to win in 8:35.58 as she is rounding into early season form.  Leonie Beck finished second in 8:37.14, while Melania Costa placed third in 8:38.10.

2015 Luxembourg Euro Meet, Day One – Results

For the full story and more go to Swimming World Magazine

Jan 31 15

Aussie golden girls set the pace in Perth

by ZwemZa
Emma McKeon

Emma McKeon

Australia’s next generation of golden girls Emma McKeon along with both Cate and Bronte Campbell have continued their run of success on the international  stage clocking some impressive early season times on the opening night of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series on Friday

As the sun began to set over HBF Stadium in Perth and the crowd filled the stands, McKeon lined up behind the blocks for the first event of the night, the women’s 200m freestyle.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist in this event, McKeon set the standard early, streaking ahead of the field to pick up her first win of the evening with a time of 1:56.32.

Coached by Vince Raleigh at the Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane, McKeon was too strong for China’s Duo Shen who snuck into second place in 1:57.52, just getting the better of Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Bronte Barratt who was third in 1:57.97.

Under an hour later, McKeon was back in the pool fighting for first place in the women’s 100m butterfly alongside fellow Australian Brittany Elmslie. With both McKeon and Elmslie stroke for stroke at the turn, it was McKeon who managed to get the better of her teammate and once again pick up the maximum points for Australia with a time of 58.24. Elmslie had to settle for silver, touching just behind in 58.49 with Ying Lu from China relegated to third in 58.88.

Later on in the night the Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists Cate and Bronte Campbell demonstrated their dominance in the women’s 50m freestyle as they convincingly took the top two spots in the splash and dash.

Cate was first to the wall in a time of 24.03, just 0.07 of a second outside her Commonwealth and Australian record time of 23.96, with Bronte also impressing, securing the silver in 24.24, a great sign of things to come on the road to Rio for the pair.

Cate and Bronte were surprised with their speed at this time of the season, with Cate coming off the back of shoulder surgery last year and both in the middle of heavy training leading into the Australian Championships in April.

“That was quick!” Cate said. “I knew that I would have to be really quick to beat Bronte. She’s been swimming amazingly well and for her that is right on her personal best so to be doing those times off the kind of training she has been doing is really encouraging and obviously I am within a tenth of my best so I am really, really thrilled.

“No one likes to be beaten and I am no exception – even if it is going to be by Bronte. It’s really important to keep that confidence up and I am really pleased. It shows that I have lots more improving to do because I am still not back to 100 per cent, training wise,” she said.

Bronte said her speed was encouraging with her time just 0.04 off her personal best from 2014.

“That was really surprising. I’m not in the best shape coming into this meet – I’ve still got a bit of work of work to do before trials. So that’s really, really encouraging – I wasn’t expecting that at all.

“It’s always fun to come out in front of this crowd and race. There’s nothing quite like a race on home soil to get you pumped up and ready to go so I’m really pleased with that,” Bronte said.

The speedy sisters will line up for the 100m freestyle tomorrow night and will go in as the ones to beat.

Meanwhile in the men’s 100m freestyle, the domestic rivalry between James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy continued as the boys battled for bragging rights in front of a home crowd.

After taking turns at the top in 2014 – with one win each at the major international meets; Magnussen at the Commonwealth Games and McEvoy at the Pan Pacific Championships, the tussle for the title was on again tonight.

It was Magnussen who managed to get the better of his teammate to take the points for Australia in a time of 48.43 ahead of McEvoy in 48.76.

The pair will meet again at the 2015 Australian Championships where they will be racing for a spot on the World Championships team and for Magnussen, a chance to win his third consecutive world title in the event.

Third place went to the silver medallist from the 2013 World Championships Jimmy Feigen from the USA in 49.17.

Australia’s Jessica Ashwood dug deep for the Australian team  with a sprint finish in the women’s 800m freestyle. The Australian record holder in the event, Ashwood left nothing in the tank to overtake Becca Mann (8:24.13) from the USA in the final 50 metres to steal the win and the maximum amount of points for the event in a time of 8:24.04.

Despite her best efforts, Mann couldn’t hold on to the lead and was left to settle for second place in a time of 8:24.13. China took third place with Yuhan Zhang touching in 8:31.10.

In other events…

Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Less than one second separated the top six competitors in the women’s 100m breaststroke with Kanako Watanabe stealing the win at the wall from the USA’s Micah Lawrence by 0.02 of a second. Watanabe won the event in a time of 1:07.46 with Lawrence second in 1:07.48 and Katie Meili, also from the USA taking third spot in 1:07.54.

The Australian representatives and training partners back home in Brisbane, Taylor McKeown and Lorna Tonks were fourth and fifth respectively in 1:07.80 and 1:07.91.

Men’s 400m Freestyle

The men’s 400m freestyle saw Mack Horton and David McKeon go stroke for stroke through the eight laps, with Horton just getting the better of McKeon at the wall to take the win. Horton stopped the clock in 3:46.48, a fingertip ahead of McKeon in 3:46.74 with Michael McBroom of the USA third in 3:51.09.

Men’s 100m Backstroke

The men’s 100m backstroke featured a fierce line up with Olympic silver medallist from Japan, Ryosuke Irie (53.15) eventually taking the win ahead of Olympian and rising star in China Jiayu Xu in 53.96 and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mitch Larkin in 54.21.

The USA’s 11-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte narrowly missed out on a top three finish with a time of 54.88.

Men’s 200m Butterfly

Japan continued their winning ways with Daiya Seto claiming the top spot in the men’s 200m butterfly in a time of 1:55.61. Silver medallist from the Commonwealth Games, Grant Irvine, was second in 1:56.84 with Yuya Yajima of Japan third in 1:57.38.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley

The United States added to their point score through 21-year-old Maya Dirado who stole the win from Olympian gold medallist Ye Shiwen by just 0.02 of a second. Dirado hit the wall in 2:11.48 to relegate Shiwen to second place in 2:11.50 while Australia’s Emily Seebohm was third in 2:12.06. Fellow Australian Keryn McMaster finished in seventh place with a time of 2:13.84.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Japan continued to shine in the breaststroke events with Yasuhiro Koseki stopping the clock at 2:10.45 to take first place and his teammate Ippei Watanabe clocking a 2:11.86 for third. Second place went to Cody Miller from the USA in 2:11.35.

The Australian duo of Jake Packard (2:14.56) and Buster Sykes (2:14.95) finished in fifth and seventh place respectively.

Women’s 200m Backstroke

After finishing third in the women’s 200m IM earlier in the night, Emily Seebohm was back in the water in the 200m backstroke, this time working her way up to second spot in a time of 2:09.97. Seebohm came home strong to finish just behind Yuanhui Fu from China who hit the wall in 2:08.84. Gold medallist from the 200m IM, Maya Dirado was also back in the water, this time taking third in 2:10.40.

After making her Australian Swim Team debut in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, Madison Wilson finished fourth tonight in 2:10.51.

Men’s 400m Individual Medley

Swimming in two of the toughest events on tonight’s schedule, just minutes apart, Daiya Seto followed up from his winning swim in the men’s 200m butterfly to take top spot in the men’s 400m individual medley. Seto was too strong for the rest of the field, taking the win almost three seconds clear of his closest competitor in a time of 4:13.36. Second place went to Seto’s teammate Takeharu Fujimori in 4:16.05 with China’s Shun Wang third in 4:16.07. Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes was fourth in 4:17.26 with teammate Travis Mahoney sixth in 4:21.98.

Women’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay

Australia’s A team picked up the points in the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay with the team of Brittany Elmslie, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell hitting the wall in 1:37.68. All four swimmers clocked a sub-25-second time with Cate’s relay split recorded at a speedy 23.76.

The USA were second in 1:40.02 with China rounded out the top three in 1:42.33.

Men’s 4x50m Medley Relay

In the men’s 4x50m medley relay the USA managed to hold onto an early lead to take the win in a time of 1:38.69. The Australian quartet of Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy attempted to chase them down but had to settle for second place in 1:38.84. Third place was awarded to Japan in 1:39.23.

The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is a team competition with each swimmer racing for points for their team with the best placed swimmer from each nation taking home 24, 20, 18 or 14 points respectively for each event.

The point score following the first night of competition stands at Australia (318), United States (284), China (270), Japan (268).

Following the night’s swimming events, the Australian Women’s Water Polo team, the Aussie Stingers took on China in a tightly fought battle that saw the home team emerge victorious 14-8.

At half time there was little separating the two teams, with Australia just ahead by one goal but the Aussie Stingers got the better of their Chinese rivals in the third quarter, extending their lead to be up 9-6.

The final quarter was a thriller with Rowie Webster kicking off proceedings in a quarter that saw the Aussies grab five goals and only concede two.

Day 2 of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series will see the Aussie Sharks take on the USA in Water Polo from 3:45pm (local time) and Australia take on China, Japan and the USA in swimming from 5.30pm.

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