2016 French SC Nationals Day 4: FFN Announces World Championships Team

2016 French Short Course National Championships

  • Dates: Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • Times: prelims 9 am, finals 5:30 pm
  • Location: Angers, France (GMT +1, or 6 hours ahead of N.Y., 9 ahead of L.A.)
  • Results: Available

Men’s 1500 Meter Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  • RF: 14:30.58 ROUAULT Sébastien MULHOUSE ON 12/12/2009 ISTANBUL (TUR)

Joris Bouchaut of Dauphins Toulouse took the lead early on and never let up, winning the 1500 free by over 5 seconds with 14:46.47. He was over 11 seconds off his runner-up time from last year, though, and only made the “young” cut (male athletes born in 1993 and later) for World Championships. Anthony Pannier of Sarcelles Natation 95 was second with 14:51.77; David Aubry of Montpellier Metropole, third (14:58.18).

Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly – Final

  • RF:05 BUI DUYET Diane AAS SARCELLES NAT. 12/12/2009 ISTANBUL (TUR)

Mélanie Henique of Marseille won her third event of the meet, with a fourth qualification time for World Championships, going 57.75 in the 100 fly. Henique, who has had arguably the best meet on the women’s side, went a personal best by .35 and was the only sub-1:00 in the field. The silver and bronze medals went to Justine Bruno of Beauvaisis (1:00.04) and Lara Grangeon of Calédoniens/Nice (1:00.05).

Men’s 50 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • RF: 26.11 MANAUDOU Florent CN MARSEILLE 22/11/2014 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

Antibes’ Thomas Dahlia won the 50 breast in 27.14, missing the qualification standard for World Championships by 6/10. Eddie Moueddene of Amiens repeated his 2015 silver medal in the event, although with 27.17 he was .12 slower than he’d been in last year’s final. Marseille’s Jean Dencausse took third with 27.43.

Carl Aitkaci of Courbevoie won the C finals with a new national age group record (15 years) with 28.81. He had broken the 14-year-old record last year with 29.52.

Women’s 400 Meter Free – Final

  • RF: 3:54.85 MUFFAT Camille OLYMPIC NICE NATATION 24/11/2012 CHARTRES (FRA)

Charlotte Bonnet of Nice won the 400 free with a best-by-3.3 showing of 4:02.56. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) of Montpellier Metropole touched second with 4:05.91, about 4.6 seconds off her seed time. Alizée Morel (4:06.83) and Assia Touati (4:10.32), who both swim for Dauphins Toulouse, took home the silver and bronze medals.

Men’s 50 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • RF: 22.22 MANAUDOU Florent CN MARSEILLE 06/12/2014 DOHA (QAT)

Jérémy Stravius of Amiens, who holds the French national record in the 100 backstroke, won the 50 with a new Championship Record of 22.97. Stravius was aiming for 23 in the final, and told the press, “It’s my second best time and I hope to have a good performance at this distance at the World Championships.”

Marseille’s Benjamin Stasiulis, the French record-holder in the 200 back, came in second with 23.68. Thomas Avetand of Amiens was third with 24.41. Avetand was runner-up to Stasiulis in the 100 back on Friday, and qualified for Windsor by making the “young” standard.

Stanislas Huille of Versailles/ INSEP Paris broke the national age group record (17 years) with 24.81. He also broke the 100 NAG with a sixth-place finish of 53.56.

Women’s 200 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • RF: 2:01.67 CASTEL Alexianne DAUPHINS TOEC 17/12/2010 DUBAÏ (UAE)

Montpellier’s van Rouwendaal bounced back from her second-place finish in the 400 free to win the 200 back in 2:06.70, beating her seed time by over 5.7 seconds. The national title went to 2015 runner-up Pauline Mahieu of St-André/Font-Romeu, who came to the wall in 2:09.19, 7/10 off her seed time and about 2.6 seconds off the “young” qualifying time for Windsor. Mathilde Cini of Valence/Marseille, already qualified for World Championships in the 100 back, picked up the silver medal with 2:11.97, just ahead of Stade Béthune Pélican Club’s Cyrielle Duhamel (2:12.13).

Louise Lefebvre of Mulhouse completed the 50-100-200 sweep of national age group records (13 years) in backstroke with 2:14.60, her best time by 2.6 seconds.

Men’s 200 Meter IM – Final

  • RF: 1:54.00 STRAVIUS Jérémy AMIENS METRO. NAT. 22/11/2012 CHARTRES

Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches, who trains in Nice, lowered his own Swiss national record in the 200 IM and won the event with a 1:55.30. Desplanches was 3rd in this event last year, going 1:59.23. Ganesh Pedurand of Toulouse, last year’s runner-up, earned the national title with 1:57.78, 1.4 seconds behind last year’s pace. The silver and bronze medals went to Oleg Garasymovytch of Avignon/Marseille (1:58.59) and Théo Berry of Angers/INSEP Paris (2:00.12).

Women’s 100 Meter IM – Final

  • RF: 59.97 BONNET Charlotte OLYMPIC NICE NATATION 21/11/2014 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

Nice’s Bonnet took a big 1-second chunk out of her own national record with a 58.99 victory in the 100 IM. Cini of Valence/Marseille earned her second silver medal of the day, touching 2.5 seconds back in 1:01.46. Laurine Del’Homme of CNO St-Germain-en-Laye/INSEP Paris pocketed the bronze with 1:02.37.

Men’s 100 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • RF: 44.94 LEVEAUX Amaury MULHOUSE ON 13/12/2008 RIJEKA (CRO)

Marseille’s Mehdy Metella got what he came for; the heretofore top butterflyer of France (now in a tight back-and-forth with Jérémy Stravius) had declared on the first day of the meet that he was concentrating on his freestyle events. Metella nailed his last swim of the meet, going a personal-best 46.51 and winning the 100 free by half a body length. Both he and second-place Clément Mignon (47.05), also from Marseille, made the qualifying standard for Windsor. Oussama Sahnoune of Algeria (47.77) gave Marseille a 1-2-3 sweep, although the bronze medal went to Yonel Govindin, also Marseillais, with 48.59.

FFN’s Selection for the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada

Women

  1. Mathilde CINI (1994) VALENCE TRIATHLON
  2. Solène GALLEGO (1995) DAUPHINS TOEC
  3. Mélanie HENIQUE (1992) CN MARSEILLE
  4. Fantine LESAFFRE (1994) MONTPELLIER METROPOLE NATATION
  5. Anna SANTAMANS (1993) CN MARSEILLE
  6. Marie WATTEL (1997) MONTPELLIER METROPOLE NATATION

Men

  1. Thomas AVETAND (1995) AMIENS METROPOLE NATATION
  2. Joris BOUCHAUT (1995) DAUPHINS TOEC
  3. Jean DENCAUSSE (1997) CN MARSEILLE
  4. Oleg GARASYMOVYTCH (1997) CN AVIGNON
  5. Yonel GOVINDIN (1993) CN MARSEILLE
  6. Mehdy METELLA (1992) CN MARSEILLE
  7. Clément MIGNON (1993) CN MARSEILLE
  8. Jordan POTHAIN (1994) NAUTIC CLUB ALP 38
  9. Jérémy STRAVIUS (1988) AMIENS METROPOLE NATATION

 

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bobo gigi

As expected the overall level of winners’ times was pretty pathetic. Except a few races. But I’ve seen a few ray of hopes among the young swimmers. Several French NAG records broken. Hopefully that’s promising for the future.

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