PERTH, Chris Pike: Australia’s James Magnussen, Cate Campbell, Mack Horton and Alicia Coutts finished off the Aquatic Super Series at Perth’s Challenge Stadium with impressive individual wins on Saturday.
Both Magnussen and Campbell backed up their 100m freestyle triumphs at the five-nation event on Friday night with emphatic victories in the 50m freestyle.
Other Australians to shine were 17-year-old Horton, who won the 800m freestyle to add to his 400m title while Alicia Coutts took out the 100m butterfly.
Compatriots Christian Sprenger (50m breaststroke), Leiston Pickett (women’s 50m breaststroke), Taylor McKeown (200m women’s breaststroke) were also victorious while the host nation also won both 4x100m relays and the mixed 4x100m relay to open the night.
After winning 10 of the 19 events on offer on Friday night, Australia wrapped up victory in the series winning 11 more races on Saturday to finish on a total of 629 points, comfortably ahead of Japan (523), China (423), South Africa (332) and Brazil (230).
Australia’s women’s 4x100m freestyle relay – consisting of Bronte Campbell, Madeline Groves, McKeon and Cate Campbell – won by almost eight seconds over China and South Africa.
It was an equally dominant performance from the men in the same relay with Australia’s McEvoy, Kenneth To, Magnussen and Tom D’Orsogna winning ahead of Japan in a time of 3:13.95.
Horton’s victory in the 800m was backed up by teammate Jessica Ashwood, who bagged the women’s 800m title.
Pickett won the women’s 50m breaststroke ahead of fellow local Sally Hunter in a time of 31.20s while Sprenger made up for his fourth-placing in the 200m breaststroke with victory in the 50m ahead of Brazil’s Joao Gomes Jr in a time of 27.54s.
There was an upset in the women’s 100m backstroke with Emily Seebohm finishing third behind China’s Yuanhui Fu and Japan’s Sayaka Akase.
Campbell won her 50m freestyle title in a time of 24.21s ahead of sister Bronte (24.82s) before Magnussen won the men’s race in 21.88s ahead of China’s Zetao Ning and Japan’s Shinri Shioura.
The meet concluded with the 4×100 medley relays, with Australia winning the women’s and Japan the men’s ahead of Australia.