Magnussen set for Perth swim series

Australian swimming star James Magnussen will join Olympic gold medallists Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger and Cate Campbell as part of Australia's 30-strong team for the inaugural Aquatic Super Series in Perth in January.

Swimmers from Australia, China and South Africa will compete for half-a-million dollars in prize money during the January 18-20 event, with individual and team prizes on offer.

The series will also encompass an elite international water polo competition featuring Australia, Croatia and China, and a mass participation open water swim in Perth's Swan River.

"China won five gold medals in London and are a renowned force in world swimming, while South Africa has plenty of talent in the pool as well," Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent said.

"This meet is not only a great opportunity to race for many of the swimmers so early in the calendar year, but also a great chance for our athletes to come together and race as the Australian team."

Olympic 100m breaststroke silver medallist Christian Sprenger hoped he could carry his good form of 2012 into the event.

"I had a real battle with South African Cameron van der Burgh during the Olympic final and, to race swimmers of his quality right here in Australia, is a great opportunity for us," Sprenger said.

Magnussen endured a disappointing London Olympics, with the 21-year-old missing gold in his favoured 100m freestyle, pipped by 0.01 of a second by American Nathan Adrian.

Coutts, Schlanger and Campbell were part of the triumphant 4x100 metre freestyle relay team - Australia's only golden success in the pool in London.

Australian squad:

MEN: Daniel Arnamnart (NSW), Ashley Delaney (VIC), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (QLD), Jayden Hadler (NSW), Mitchell Larkin (QLD), James Magnussen (NSW), David McKeon (NSW), Kenrick Monk (QLD), Ryan Napoleon (QLD), Brenton Rickard (QLD), James Roberts (QLD), Christian Sprenger (QLD), Matthew Targett (VIC), Daniel Tranter (NSW), Chris Wright (QLD)

WOMEN: Bronte Barratt (QLD), Cate Campbell (QLD), Bronte Campbell (QLD), Alicia Coutts (QLD), Blair Evans (WA), Sally Foster (SA), Samantha Hamill (QLD), Belinda Hocking (VIC), Sarah Katsoulis (VIC), Yolane Kukla (QLD), Meagen Nay (QLD), Kylie Palmer (QLD), Leiston Pickett (QLD), Melanie Schlanger (QLD), Emily Seebohm (QLD)

Head Coach: Leigh Nugent

Coaches: Glenn Baker, Brant Best, Michael Bohl, Matthew Brown, Denis Cotterell, Simon Cusack, John Fowlie, Ron McKeon

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