2017 French Open Will Feature 320+ Swimmers from 25 Countries

2017 French Open

The Odyssee in Chartres, France is getting ready to host 323 elite athletes for the 11th French Open over the weekend of July 1-2. It will be a truly international meet, with about 2/3 of the swimmers coming from other countries. In addition to athletes representing foreign federations (Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Lichtenstein, Mali, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovania, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Venezuela), there will be members of teams from across Europe (such as Loughborough University and Energy Standard), from North America (Team Santa Monica, HPC Victoria and CN Sherbrooke), and elsewhere (EC Pinheiros de Sao Paulo).

France’s 100-or-so swimmers will include the ten members of the National Team selected for the World Championships in Budapest (Charlotte Bonnet, Mathilde Cini, Béryl Gastaldello, Mélanie Henique, Camille Lacourt, Geoffroy Mathieu, Mehdy Metella, Aurélie Muller, Anna Santamans, Jérémy Stravius), as well as other selections (France’s World University Games squad, the French military team, one of France’s Junior teams (“Promo”), and several regional selections.

French fans will have the opportunity to watch Lacourt swim his last race on French soil before heading off to Budapest. They will also see Katinka Hosszu, Yuliya Efimova, Cameron McEvoy, Kosuke Hagino, Daiya Seto, Marco Koch, Taylor McKeown, Peter John Stevens, Joao Luis Gomez Junior, Madison Wilson, Hillary Caldwell, and Konrad Czerniak, just to name a few.

It will be an action-packed weekend, with prelims and finals for 32 events wedged into four sessions over two days.


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5 years ago

Not related but to not disturb us trials post 18 year old Guilherme Costa lowered yesterday 1500 SA record from 15:05:32 from April this year to 15:02:18 maybe with someone pushing he can break 15 maybe for a good time.

5 years ago

Some nice pics are up & omg Lacourt is gorgeous . It looks like the rest of the Aust team who were not at Mare Nostrum are there , so travel arrangments can not be faulted . They have the opportunity for high clas racing & if they don’t perform reasonably in Budapest it is on them & not Swim Aust .

Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

Where are the pics?

Reply to  Verram
5 years ago

On the Bienvenue ( welcome ) site . “Click photos along the top .

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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