2015 French Long Course Nationals in Limoges: Day Six Finals – French Record for Grangeon; Manaudou Swims World’s Top 2 50 Frees in One Day

2015 French Long Course National Championships

  • Dates: Tuesday, March 31 – Sunday, April 5, 2015
  • Times: prelims 9:00 am, semis/ finals 4:45 pm
  • Location: Limoges, France (GMT +1, or 6 hours ahead of N.Y., 9 ahead of L.A.)
  • Results: Available
  • Championship Central


Women’s 400 Individual Medley Final

  • French Record: Camille Muffat (Nice), 4:38.23, 2008
  • 2014 National Champion: Lara Grangeon (Calédoniens), 4:40.57
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 4:44.50

It was a great start to the sixth and final day of the French Elite championships: Lara Grangeon of Calédoniens/Font-Romeu broke the long-standing French national record, winning the event in 4:37.55. Fantine Lesaffre of Mulhouse scored a personal-best as well, in 4:42.94, obtaining her first-ever international selection for France with her third-place finish. Between the two Frenchwomen was Hungarian national Evelyn Verraszto, who trains in Nice, with 4:41.77.

Adeline Martin of Antibes moved up a spot from prelims to finish fourth in 4:49.27. Julie Berthier of Mulhouse placed fifth with a lifetime-best by nearly 4 seconds, 4:51.20. Julie Fourtier of Guyancourt was sixth in 4:57.21, ahead of Dijon’s Morgane Rothon (4:58.38) and Isabelle Mabboux of Boulogne-Billancourt/Paris-INSEP (5:00.18).

Men’s 100 Butterfly Final

  • French Record: Clément Lefert (Nice), 51.42, 2009
  • 2014 National Champion: Mehdy Metella (Marseille), 52.56
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 52.52

Mehdy Metella of Marseille crashed through the 52-second barrier, winning the 100 fly in 51.74. It was his best performance by 2/10, and a great way to end the week. Metella had had a disappointing championship meet, failing to qualify for Kazan in the 50 fly and 100 free. But on Sunday he left no doubt as to his place on the French team with his final performance of the meet. Jordan Coelho of Vanves/Paris-INSEP, who won the 200 fly on Friday, finished second in 53.46, just out-touching Toulouse’s Paul Lemaire (53.52). All three of the medalists finished the race with new PBs.

Montauban’s Thomas Vilaceca was fourth, with a personal-best 53.89, his first sub-54. Paul Pijulet of Pontault-Roissy/Paris-INSEP finished fifth in 54.42. Pijulet went best times twice on Sunday; first improving his seed time by .4 in prelims, then by another .2 in finals.

Nans Roch of Canet 66 finished sixth with 54.50 (best by .2); Jordan Pothain of Nautic Club ALP ’38 was seventh in 54.75 (best by .25 and first time under 55); and Flavien Aubry of Créteil finished eighth in 54.98.

Pothain won a swim-off to secure his spot in the “A” final. Both he and Marvin Maisonneuve of Montauban went 55.11 in prelims; Maisonneuve won the “B” final with 54.77.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke Final

  • French Record: Sophie de Ronchi (Massy), 30.96, 2009
  • 2014 National Champion: Coralie Dobral (Montauban), 32.14
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 31.50

Charlotte Bonnet of Nice won her fifth event, making it a perfect week in Limoges. Bonnet went a personal-best 31.66, but failed to qualify for Kazan. Montpellier’s Fanny Deberghes was second in 31.73, a best time by 7/10. Adeline Williams of Toulouse rounded out the podium in 32.28.

The rest of the “A” final was made up of Nolwenn Herve of Thionville (32.66); Solène Gallego of Toulouse (32.71); Coralie Dobral of Montauban/Font-Romeu (32.80); Carmella Kitching of Montauban (33.12); and Emma Drhouin of Toulouse (33.29).

Men’s 1500 Freestyle (Fastest Heat)

  • French Record: Sébastien Rouault (Mulhouse), 14:55.17, 2010
  • 2014 National Champion: Joris Bouchaut (Toulouse), 15:08.65
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 15:13.98

Damien Joly of Antibes made it a clean sweep of the distance events with a 15:05.81 personal best to win the 1500. Joly improved on his seed time by 7 seconds. Defending champion Joris Bouchaut of Toulouse went 15:17.55 for second place, ahead of Marc-Antoine Olivier of Porte du Hainaut (15:23.12), who went a best time by 3.7 seconds.

Toulouse’s Nicolas D’Oriano, the 18-year-old gold medalist in Saturday’s 400 IM, placed fourth in 15:23.62, his best by 1.5 seconds. Fontainebleau-Avon’s Axel Reymond went 15:31.12 for fifth. Sixth place went to Krzysztof Pielowski of Poland, who trains at Saint-Dizier, with the fastest time of the morning heats, 15:40.96. Anthony Pannier of Sarcelles was seventh in 15:42.88, and Igor Dupuis of Mulhouse, who also swam in the morning, finished eighth with 15:43.40.

Women’s 50 Freestyle Final

  • French Record: Malia Matella (Toulouse), 24.58, 2009
  • 2014 National Champion: Anna Santamans (Nice), 25.01
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 25.23

Anna Santamans of Nice, who has been battling injuries, pulled it all together for a superb ending to an otherwise difficult week. She won the women’s sprint in 24.82, only 1/100 off her best time, thus earning a bid for Kazan. Lauriane Haag of Toulouse was runner-up with 25.36, a PB by .45. Marseille’s Béryl Gastaldello added a bronze medal to her collection, touching in 25.41, her best time by .5.

Nice’s Marie Wattel finished fourth in 25.75 (best by .2), a mere 2/100 ahead of Anouchka Martin of Marseille (25.77). Mélanie Henique of Amiens/Marseille was sixth in 25.86 (best by .06). Cloé Hache of Nice (25.88) and Maria Eléna Letang of Paris-INSEP (26.30) rounded out the final.

Men’s 50 Freestyle Final

  • French Record: Frédérick Bousquet (Marseille), 20.94, 2009
  • 2014 National Champion: Florent Manaudou (Marseille), 21.70
  • Kazan Qualifying Time: 22.25

Florent Manaudou won the men’s 50 free as anticipated, but not with the time he had hoped. After a disappointing week, Manaudou decided to throw all his proverbial eggs in the basket on Sunday, and shaved for the first time in the championships. He put up a world-leading 21.57 in prelims, but only managed a 21.70 to win the event in the evening. Having hoped to go 21.2-21.3 in finals, Manaudou was visibly disappointed.

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On either side of Manaudou were his Marseille teammates Fabien Gilot and Clément Mignon. Mignon had finished third in both the 100 and the 200 frees during the week, swimming under Kazan qualifying standards both times but failing to make the French team as only the top two are selected. He got his chance in the 50 free, though, as he came to the wall in 22.08, just .05 in front of Gilot’s 22.13. It was the second personal best in a row for the young Marseille freestyler, who came into the meet with a seed time of 22.45 then went 22.34 in prelims. Gilot, too, improved on his seed time of 22.38 twice; he went 22.31 in prelims before the 22.13 third-place finish in finals.

Oussama Sahnoune of Algeria, who trains with Talence, placed fourth in 22.44. Yonel Govindin of Toulouse went 22.56 for fifth, just .02 ahead of Nosy Pelagie of Bron (22.58). Eddie Moueddene of Amiens placed seventh in 22.77, and Kevin Tonnerre of Nautic Club ALP ’38 was eighth in 23.07.

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6 years ago

Manaudou 21.57 in 50 free heats

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Final day prelims results

Women’s 400 IM
1. Fantine Lesaffre in 4.44.27
2. Lara Grangeon in 4.51.00
3. Evelin Verraszto (Hungary) in 4.51.27

Men’s 100 fly
1. Mehdy Mettela in 52.60
2. Jordan Coelho in 53.76
3. P

6 years ago

Is the 50 free one of the events today?

Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

Yup, both men and women actually.

6 years ago

To watch today:
Will Lara Grangeon beat French record in 400IM? Still probably gonna be far from a potential international final though.
How will Metella react after his slightly disappointing 100 free? He could get close to the french record also.
What time will Joli be able to do in the 1500. I expect at least sub 15 but why not get close to Rouault French record
Will Manaudou get close to the texti.le best in the 50 free? He already got 21.57 in prelims! Second place is up for grab.
And last will gastaldello will continue her “Hosszu” week and threaten Santamans in the 50 free. First place could be won in the low to mid 24.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

3. Paul Lemaire in 53.98

Women’s 50 breast
1. Adeline Williams in 32.15
2. Solène Gallego in 32.51
3. Charlotte Bonnet in 32.58

Women’s 50 free
1. Anna Santamans in 25.14
2. Lauriane Haag in 25.65
3. Marie Wattel in 25.80
4. Béryl Gastaldello in 25.92

Men’s 50 free
1. Florent Manaudou in 21.57
2. Fabien Gilot in 22.31
3. Clément Mignon in 22.34

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Would like to see Lara Grangeon break the 400 IM national record of 4.38.23 by Camille Muffat.
Would like to see Metella rebound with a new PB (51.96).
Would like to see Joly swim close to the 15-minute barrier.
Would like to see Manaudou rebound after an “average” (for him) meet so far with a sub 21.50 swim.
And would like to see Santamans break her PB (24.81) and why not threaten the national record of 24.58 by Malia Metella.
And Gastaldello will probably qualify in her 6th event!

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

21.57 is better than the Italian record set by Orsi in 2014! 😀

And, it would have won bronze at the London Olympics.

bobo gigi
Reply to  luigi
6 years ago

Manaudou hasn’t been satisfied at all with his performances of all week so far.
It was much better in the 50 free prelims this morning.
He will probably confirm in final.
He owns the 50 free.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Can’t believe the margin he has over the other french swimmers and the world.

He leads the world rankings by 4 tenths !

bobo gigi
Reply to  SWIMFR
6 years ago

A 50 free race with Manaudou is usually over after the 20 first meters! 🙂
His start is so huge.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Well we want exactly the same thing apparently

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Other French swimming news from today.
Frédérick Bousquet DNS in the 50 free prelims. He suffers of a food poisoning or a gastro. No world championships for him. Anyway, even 100% healthy I don’t think he had the shape to qualify.
And the new national team director has announced that next French national championships in 2016 which will serve as olympic selections will not have the usual format of prelims/semifinals/finals but only prelims/finals.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

It sounds like Bousquet needs to focus on training for next season anyway, so I wish him well!

I’m sure the pure sprinters on the French Team will prefer a format without those pesky semi’s to annoy them!

6 years ago

This looks like it will be an exciting session! 🙂

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