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Queensland swimmers have first taste of international success in 2015

3 February 2015

Queensland’s top swimmers had their first taste of international success as they competed in the Australian Swim Team at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series at HBF Stadium in Perth on Saturday 31 January.

The 24-strong Australian team took out their third consecutive title as they emerged overall winners with a score of 626 points. Newcomers, Team USA, weren’t far behind finishing in second place on 586 points and Japan and China following in third and fourth on 548 and 520 points respectively.

The two-day aquatic extravaganza kicked off on Friday night when the Australian women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, had a victory over China.

Team captain Bronwen Knox led the charge and scored three goals leading to the final score of 14-8.

The Australian men’s water polo team, the Aussie Sharks, followed suit with an impressive win over the USA men’s water polo team with a final score of 14-5.

Sprint queen, Cate Campbell, took out the Female Swimmer of the Meet for the third consecutive year with several first place swims.

In a nail biting race, Cate went up against her sister and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Bronte Campbell, in the women’s 50m freestyle to take out first by just 0.01 of a second. Cate’s time of 24.03 was just 0.07 of a second outside her Commonwealth and Australian record.

Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships gold medallist Emily Seebohm kick started a promising year by coming within half a second outside her Australian record for the women’s 100m backstroke with 58.89. Fellow Queenslander Madison Wilson wasn’t far behind in second place with 1:00.06.

After an impressive third place in the women’s 200m individual medley, Emily then went on to take second place in the women’s 200m backstroke and Madison Wilson took out fourth place with 2:10.51.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mitch Larkin finished third in the men’s 100m backstroke after going up against strong competition with Japan’s Olympic silver medallist, Ryosuke Irie and China’s Jiayu Xu.

The men’s 200m butterfly saw Queensland’s Grant Irvine finish in second place with 1:56.84 behind Japan.

The men’s 50m freestyle saw Queensland’s Cameron McEvoy finish in third place with 22.51, behind Team USA’s Josh Schneider and Australia’s James Magnussen.

The Aussie girls came through with a win in the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay against Team USA and China. Brittany Elmslie, Emma McKeown and Cate and Bronte Campbell all clocked sub-25s with an overall time of 1:37.68.

The women’s 4x50m relay saw the all-Queensland team of Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks, Brittany Elmslie and Cate Campbell win in a time of 1:48.85. The Australia B team including Queensland’s Madi Wilson, Taylor McKeown and Bronte Campbell came in second place.

The men’s 4x50m medley relay, which included Queenslanders Mitch Larkin, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy, put up a strong fight to chase Team USA (1:38.69) however missed out with second place in 1:38.64.

For all results and timings, visit the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series website or the Swimming Australia website.

Last updated
3 February 2015