2019 French Elite Nationals: Day 2 Prelims Recap

2019 FRENCH ELITE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – 50M

 

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE

  • FINA “A” cut: 25.04
  • French World Championships Cut: 24.90
  • French record: 24.54 – Anna Santamans (CN Marseille) – 29/07/2017 – Budapest (HUN)
  • Favorites: Charlotte Bonnet, Anna Santamans, Beryl Gastaldello, Marie Wattel

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Charlotte Bonnet – 25.02
  2. Anna Santamans – 25.24
  3. Mélanie Henique – 25.30
  4. Lena Bousquin/Marie Wattel – 25.43
  5. Anouchka Martin – 25.70
  6. Maria-elena Letang – 26.01
  7. Faustine Prouff – 26.03

Charlotte Bonnet, who is already qualfied for World Champs in th 100 and 200 free, hit the FINA A cut to take the top seed by over 2-tenths of a second this morning. Bonnett was already qualfied for Worlds because she medalled in the 100 and 200 free at the European Championships last Summer. She missed the French qualifying standard by 0.12 seconds this morning, meaning she will not automatically qualify to swim the 50 at Worlds this Summer. Since she is already qualified and has the FINA A cut, Bonnet could potentially still take the 50 free as her complementary event for World Champs, as per the selection process.

Anna Santamans, the French National Record holder, took the 2nd seed for finals, clocking a 25.24. That time is 0.70 seconds off her personal best and national record of 24.54, which she swam at the 2017 World Championships.

Béryl Gastaldello, who was considered a title contender in this event, DFS’d this morning, choosing instead to focus on the 100 back.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • FINA “A” cut: 1: 00.59
  • French World Championships Cut – 1: 00.42
  • French record: 59.50 – Laure Manaudou (Canet 66 Swimming) – 20/03/2008 – Eindhoven (NED)
  • Favorites: Mathilde Cini, Lilia Touili, Louise Lefebvre

TOP 8 QUALIFERS:

  1. Béryl Gastaldello – 1:00.59
  2. Mathilde Cini – 1:01.56
  3. Pauline Mahieu – 1:02.33
  4. Lila Touili – 1:03.15
  5. Louise Lefebvre – 1:03.41
  6. Laurine Del’homme – 1:03.87
  7. Bertille Cousson – 1:03.90
  8. Clothilde Cousson – 1:03.94

Béryl Gastaldello took the top seed for finals from the first heat this morning, clocking a 1:00.59. Gastaldello hit the FINA A cut for World Championships, but again missed the French qualfying time for Worlds by 0.17 seconds. Yesterday, she missed the 100 fly by 0.16 seconds. The French qualifying standards have to be achieved in prelims. Gastaldello dropped almost a second from prelims to finals in the 100 fly yesterday, and if she does that again in the 100 back, she’ll scare the French National Record of 59.50 tonight.

Mathilde Cini posted a quick 1:01.56 to take the 2nd seed for finals. Cini is comfortably in 2nd, sitting 0.97 seconds behind Gastaldello and 0.77 seconds ahead of 3rd place finisher Pauline Mahieu.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • FINA “A” cut: 54.06
  • French World Championships Cut: 54.06
  • French record: 52.11 – Camille Lacourt (CN Marseille) – 10/08/2010 – Budapest (HUN)
  • Favorites: Maxence Orange, Yohan Ndoye Brouard, Paul Gabriel Bedel

TOP 8 QUALIFERS:

  1. Yohan Ndoye Brouard – 54.24
  2. Stanislas Huille – 54.62
  3. Paul-Gabriel Bedel – 54.83
  4. Maxence Orange – 55.14
  5. Mewen Tomac – 55.20
  6. Ladislas Salczer – 55.31
  7. Geoffroy Mathieu – 55.53
  8. Souhaiel Chatti – 55.83

Yohan Ndoye Brouard turned in the top time in prelims, clocking a 54.24. He missed both the FINA A cut and French qualifying cut by 0.18 seconds. Yohan was the only swimmer in the field to split under :28 on the 2nd 50 of the race, posting a 27.95. Stanislas Huille was just 0.38 seconds behind, setting up what should be an exciting race in finals.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE

  • FINA “A” cut: 1: 07.43
  • French World Championships Cut: 1: 07.33
  • 1: 07.97 – Sophie de Ronchi (ES Massy Swimming) – 23/03/2011 – Strasbourg
  • Favorites: Fanny Deberghes, Solène Gallego, Camille Mallet

TOP 8 QULAIFIERS:

  1. Fanny Deberghes – 1:09.02
  2. Solène Gallego – 1:09.46
  3. Camille Dauba – 1:09.47
  4. Justine Delmas – 1:10.72
  5. Auréane Devaluez – 1:11.06
  6. Carmella Kitching – 1:11.36
  7. Lucie Delmas – 1:11.84
  8. Meghan Frouin – 1:11.86

Fanny Deberghes took the top seed for finals, turning in a 1:09.02. No one in the field hit either the FINA A cut or the French qualifying time, which sit at 1:07.43 and 1:07.33 respectively. The top 3 finishers this morning were all under 1:10. Solene Gallego, who was considered a title contender before the meet, was 2nd this morning with a 1:09.46, just 0.44 seconds off Deberghes. Camille Dauba was just 0.01 seconds behind Gallego, setting up what should be a fun race in finals.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE

  • FINA “A” cut: 1: 47.40
  • French World Championships Cut: 1: 47.11
  • French record: 1: 43.14 – Yannick Agnel (Olympic Nice Swimming) – 30/07/2012 – London (GBR)
  • Favorites: Alexandre Derache, Jordan  Pothain, Jonathan Atsu

Top 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Jordan Pothain – 1:48.15
  2. Remi Meresse – 1:48.25
  3. Roman Fuchs – 1:48.89
  4. Mehdi Lagili – 1:49.23
  5. Lorys Bourelly – 1:49.36
  6. Jonathan Atsu – 1:50.20
  7. Alexandre Derache – 1:50.22
  8. Logan Fountaine – 1:50.25

There were 3 groups of very tight finishes this morning, which should translate into some great races in finals. The top 2 swimmers were separated by just 0.10 seconds. Jordan Pothain was the top qualifier in 1:48.15, while Remi Meresse touched in 1:48.25. 3rd place Roman Fuchs and 5th place Lorys Bourelly were separated by just 0.47 seconds. Just 0.05 seconds separate 6th place finisher Jonathan Atsu from 8th place Logan Fountaine.

No one in the field achieved either the FINA A cut ofr French qualifying standard. Pouthain took the race out the fastest, flipping in 51.44 at the 100 mark to be the only swimmer under :52 in the field.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE

  • FINA “A” cut: 16:32.04
  • French World Championships Cut: 16:22.63
  • French record: 16:03.01 – Laure Manaudou (CN Melun Val de Seine) – 14/05/2006 – Tours
  • Favorites: Lara Grangeon, Aurelie Muller, Adeline Furst

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Lara Grangeon – 16:42.57
  2. Lou-Anne Barniet – 16:43.20
  3. Aurélie Muller – 16:43.24
  4. Lisa Pou – 17:02.91
  5. Nolwenn Nunes – 17:07.80
  6. Helvina Huet – 17:08.57
  7. Celia Heurtaux – 17:09.21
  8. Adeline Furst – 17:10.65

Lara Grangeon led the way in prelims of the mile, clocking a 16:42.57 to finish just over half a second ahead of Lou-Anne Barniet and Aurélie Muller. There was roughly a 20 seconds gap between the top 3 and the rest of the field inprelims, setting up finals to liekly be a race between Grangeon, Barniet, and Muller. All 3 were roughly 20 seconds of the French qulaifying time for World Champs, and about 10 seconds off the FINA A cut.

Muller was leading for much of the race this morning, flipping roughly 3 seconds ahead of Grangeon at the 800 mark. Her pace on the back hald slowed just slightly, however, while Grangeon and Barniet sped up slightly, leaving Muller in 3rd at the end.

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Thomas Selig

The slowish men’s 100 back makes it increasingly likely France won’t qualify a medley relay for worlds. They now need something like a 48.1 100 free and 51.05 100 fly in prelims to make it (Metella carries a 48.2 and 51.2 from Glasgow).

Similarly, the men’s 4×200 free relay isn’t qualified based on this morning’s swims. Starting to look like they could end up sending a very small squad indeed if they stick to their qualification criteria, though still early days.

Swimmar

If they hit the FINA A cut for worlds but not the French cut, can they swim at worlds? Or do they need both. If they need both then what happens if no one makes the French cut?

Thomas Selig

Only if they’re already qualified via the French cut for another event. And at most one other event per athlete.

Thomas Selig

Apparently, Gastaldello won an appeal after this morning’s starter called “on your marks” twice. As such, if she swims the French QT in the final and finished top 2 she’ll make the team. I’d expect her to get there given how much time she dropped between heats and finals yesterday. Her making the team in the 100 back would then also allow the French DTN to select her for the 100 fly as her complimentary event.

Article here (in French): https://fr.euronews.com/2019/04/17/championnats-de-france-de-natation-pas-de-nouveau-minima-pour-les-mondiaux-2019-nage-deuxieme-chance-pour-gastaldello

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