2022 French Elite Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


  • Tuesday, April 5th – Sunday, April 10th
  • Limoges Métropole, France
  • LCM (50m)
  • World Championships & European Championships Qualifier
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The second night session from the 2022 French Elite Championships in Limoges Métropole will feature four sets of finals in the women’s 100 back, men’s 100 back, women’s 100 breast, men’s 200 free and the fastest heat in the women’s 1500 free timed finals.

In this morning’s preliminaries, several swimmers put themselves in contention for World Championship qualification with some noteworthy performances, headlined by Hadrien Salvan in the men’s 200 freestyle.

Salvan dropped a big personal best time of 1:46.76, becoming the sixth-fastest Frenchman ever while also dipping under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:47.06. The FFN qualifying procedures dictate that the swim needs to be done in the ‘A’ final in order to be considered, so Salvien will need to be quick again in order to solidify his spot.

It should be a competitive final with Roman Fuchs (1:47.67) and Mewen Tomac (1:47.75) also within striking distance of the qualifying standard.

Tomac also picked up the top seed in the men’s 100 back, clocking 54.35 to put within just over three-tenths of the cut for Worlds cut (54.03). Tomac owns a best time of 52.86, set at the 2021 European Championships, and narrowly missed the qualifying time at the French Championships in December (54.09).

The French qualifying procedures prioritize this edition of the French Elite Championships first, followed by the December edition, and then the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the FFN Golden Tour meets in Nice (February 4-6) and Marseille (March 4-6) earlier this year.

Yohann Ndoye Brouard, who finished first in that December final in 53.44 and therefore has a spot locked up unless two others go under the qualifying time in tonight’s final, was third-fastest in the prelims in 55.18.

On the women’s side, the 100 back looks like it will have some qualifiers as Emma Terebo (1:00.32) was under the 1:00.59 cut this morning and Pauline Mahieu (1:00.67) wasn’t far off.

Analia Pigree won the event in the December championships in 59.88, making her the frontrunner for Worlds selection coming into the final. She was 1:01.27 to qualify fourth in the heats, with 16-year-old Mary-Ambre Moluh (1:01.03) also a factor in third.

Terebo was 1:00.31 on the Golden Tour in March and would earn Worlds qualification if no one leapfrogs her in tonight’s final. Moluh owns a best of 1:00.04, set in January, so she’s one to watch for.

The top qualifier for finals in the women’s 100 breaststroke was Adele Blanchetiere (1:09.04). It would require a French Record by more than half a second to get down to the World Championship standard of 1:07.43.

In the women’s 1500 free, which the FFN notably lists as having a qualifying time of 16:14 with no one-hundredths (the women’s distance events are also the only ones that don’t mirror the FINA ‘A’ cut), Russian native Anastasia Kirpichnikova is expected to dominate as the top seed by over 35 seconds.

The top French entrant is Adeline Furst, who clocked 16:28.28 at the championships in December.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  1. Emma Terebo (FRA), 59.64
  2. Mary-Ambre Moluh (FRA), 59.67
  3. Pauline Mahieu (FRA), 1:00.96

The first ‘A’ final of the night delivered in the women’s 100 back, as Emma Terebo held off a late charge from Mary-Ambre Moluh as both went well under the World Championship qualifying time and neared the 15-year-old French Record.

Terebo got out to the early lead and ultimately touched first in a time of 59.64, annihilating her previous best of 1:00.31 while coming within 14 one-hundredths of Laure Manaudou‘s National Record (59.50) set back in 2007.

The 16-year-old Moluh set a new French National Age Group Record for 17 & unders in a time of 59.67, going under her previous best of 1:00.04 set in January.

Moluh made up nearly seven-tenths on Terebo on the second 50 (30.23 to 30.91), but ran out of real estate at the finish.

Both women were well under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:00.59 and will qualify for the World Championships. They also now rank #2 and #3 all-time in French history, trailing only Manaudou.

Pauline Mahieu took thrid in 1:00.96, while Analia Pigree, who went 59.88 at the French Elite Championships in December, was back in fourth in 1:01.22. While it looked like Pigree had all but locked up a Worlds spot coming into the meet, she is denied after the performances from Terebo and Moluh.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  • French Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt, 2010
  • FFN Worlds Cut: 54.03
  1. Yohann Ndoye Brouard (FRA), 53.45
  2. Mewen Tomac (FRA), 53.72
  3. Kai Van Westering (FRA), 54.90

Yohann Ndoye Brouard and Mewen Tomac both locked up World Championship qualification in the men’s 100 back final, with Brouard using a strong back-half to earn the victory in a time of 53.45.

Ndoye Brouard’s swim falls .01 shy of his performance at the December championships, and is well under the qualifying time of 54.03.

Tomac delivered his fastest swim since last summer’s Olympic Games in 53.72, qualifying for Worlds after narrowly missing the standard in December (54.09).

In Tokyo, Tomac placed 14th in the semi-finals, while Ndoye Brouard was sixth coming out of the prelims but missed his turn in the semis and ended up being disqualified.

Kai Van Westering rounded out the podium in 54.90.

Women’s 100 Breast Final

  • French Record: 1:07.97, Sophie de Ronchi, 2011
  • FFN Worlds Cut: 1:07.43
  1. Florine Gaspard (BEL), 1:07.77
  2. Adele Blanchetiere (FRA), 1:08.76
  3. Justine Delmas (FRA), 1:09.35

Belgian native Florine Gaspard came away with the victory in the women’s 100 breaststroke, using a quick opening 50 of 31.63 to top the field by almost a full second in 1:07.77.

The time for Gaspard falls just shy of her personal best, 1:07.72, which was set at the French Elite Championships in December.

Adele Blanchetiere went sub-1:09 for the first time in her career to lead the French finishers in second, touching in 1:08.76 to lead third-place finisher Justine Delmas (1:09.35).

Delmas, 17, was fifth in this event at the 2021 European Junior Championships and owns a best time of 1:08.83 from December 2020.

No French women have hit the qualifying standard for Worlds.

Men’s 200 Free Final

  • French Record: 1:43.14, Yannick Agnel, 2012
  • FFN Worlds Cut: 1:47.06
  1. Hadrien Salvan (FRA), 1:46.84
  2. Roman Fuchs (FRA), 1:47.20
  3. Enzo Tesic (FRA), 1:48.02

Hadrien Salvan took over the lead on the third 50 and soared to victory in the men’s 200 freestyle, successfully getting under the qualifying time by over two-tenths of a second in 1:46.84.

The 24-year-old, who set a best time of 1:46.76 in the prelims, now qualifies for his first World Championship team after swimming on France’s 4×200 free relay at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Jordan Pothain took it out hard over the first 100 and led Salvan by just under a tenth at the turn in 51.96. However, Pothain faded down the back-half and was overtaken by Salvan, Roman FuchsEnzo Tesic and Wissam-Amazigh Yebba.

Fuchs pushed Salvan all the way to the finish and touched second in 1:47.20, establishing a new personal best while narrowly missing the qualifying time. Fuchs came into the meet with a PB of 1:48.26 and had gone 1:47.67 in the heats.

Tesic (1:48.02) and Yebba (1:48.92) took third and fourth, and Pothain ended up fifth in 1:49.10.

Since only Salvan went under the qualifying time, Pothain’s 1:46.75 swim from the Olympic Games solidifies his spot at Worlds.

For the 4×200 free relay, the FFN standard requires the top-four finishers to achieve an add-up of 7:09. The top-four here add up to 7:10.98, but it’s possible they would consider Pothain’s Olympic time, which, if combined with Salvan, Fuchs and Tesic, would sneak them under 7:09.

Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  • French Record: 16:03.01, Laure Manaudou, 2006
  • FFN Worlds Cut: 16:14.-
  1. Anastasia Kirpichnikova (RUS), 15:56.86
  2. Adeline Furst (FRA), 16:40.65
  3. Alexa Reyna (FRA), 16:42.04

Russian native Anastasia Kirpichnikova was head and shoulders above the field in the women’s 1500 free, putting up the top time by over 43 seconds in 15:56.86.

Kirpichnikova, who trains under French coach Philippe Lucas, improves on her previous season-best of 15:59.15 and now ranks second in the world in 2021-22, trailing only Katie Ledecky (15:39.45).

Kirpichnikova is the Russian Record holder at 15:50.22, a time she set in the Tokyo Olympic prelims before placing seventh in the final.

The top French finisher was Adeline Furst, who was more than 12 seconds slower than she was in December at 16:40.65. Alexa Reyna‘s 16:42.04 swim from the early heats held up as the third-fastest overall.

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NornIron Swim
9 months ago

Manaudou still with the 100bk and 1500 NRs from 15/16 years ago. That’s range!

9 months ago

Lol this comment section is the Bobo Gigi show

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Women’s 1500 free to wrap up day 2.
Kirpitchnikova of Russia trained by Philippe Lucas is gonna win very easily.
The cut of 16.14 looks out of reach for French girls.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

@Bobo: thanks for the dynamite wrap up!

Looking at the men’s 200 free results, I was reminded of Agnel (he still has the French record of 1:43.1). Do you know what his current legal situation is? How does the French legal system differ from the American one for the alleged charges he faces?

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Salvan not faster in final than his 1.46.76 of prelims but he wins the final (1.46.84) and will represent his country in the 200 free.

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

There’s a curse about the French women’s 100 breast.
Hopefully Justine Delmas will go to the next level while training at Indiana University.

Tommy Schmitt
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Not a bad spot to be for female breaststrokers

Last edited 9 months ago by Tommy Schmitt
Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Disappointing to see Justine Delmas going only 1.09.35 in the women’s 100 breast.
She’s our only hope in women’s breaststroke. Her best event is the 200 breast (European junior champion last summer in 2.25).
If we want a fast women’s medley relay in Paris we need to find a breaststroker in 1.06.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Is the only opportunity to qualify

john barnes
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

4 weeks of covid, so no swimming for 4 weeks after 1month without training with the european and world small courses…..that’s why.
Such not an excuse but…

Last edited 9 months ago by john barnes
Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Ndoye-Brouard and Tomac logical 1-2 in the men’s 100 back
53.45 and 53.72
Both had no worries for the qualification and could swim this week not fully tapered like most of the biggest names in French swimming.

Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

I know that breaking the minute in the women’s 100 back is no more a big deal at the top international level but it’s still cool to see 2 swimmers doing it.
1. Emma Terebo 59.64
2. Mary-Ambre Moluh 59.67
Big new PB for Terebo. The surprise.
First time under the minute for 16-year-old MAM. NAG records for 16 and 17-year-old girls
Pigree only 4th in 1.01.22. She probably considered the qualification as sure after going 59.88 last December. She will not represent France in the 100 back. Her best event is the 50 back.

john barnes
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
9 months ago

Pigree had the covid, she couldn’t train as she wanted. Really a special year due to covid disease.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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