2018 French Elite Long Course Nationals at Saint-Raphaël
- Tuesday, May 22 – Sunday, May 27, 2018
- Stade Nautique Alain Chateigner
- Prelims at 9am local/Finals at 6pm local (Saturday 5:30, Sunday 5:45)
- Selection for European Championships
- Televised on beIN SPORTS
- Meet Central
- Start Lists
- Live Results
Texas A&M University All-American Béryl Gastaldello became the first Frenchwoman to break the 28-second barrier in the 50 meter backstroke on Wednesday swimming in the championship final at the 2018 French Elite Nationals in Saint-Raphaël. Gastaldello first tied her own record pf 28.01 in prelims before lowering it by another 4/100 in finals to set the new mark at 27.97. With that swim, Gastaldello moves up to #15 in the world so far this season.
Louise Lefebvre (Mulhouse ON / Pôle France Natation Course Mulhouse) lowered her own National Age Group Record for 15-year-old girls and placed 5th in the final with 28.85.
Gastaldello qualified for the European Championships in the event, along with runner-up Mathilde Cini. Both swimmers met the standards by swimming faster than 28.48 in prelims and finishing in the top 4 in finals.
Women’s 50 Back
- Euro 2018 qualifying standard: 28.48 in prelims; top-4 in finals
- Béryl Gastaldello (CN Marseille / Pôle France Natation Course Marseille) 27.97
- Mathilde Cini (Valence Triathlon / Pôle France Natation Course Marseille) 28.29
- Camille Gheorghiu (Montpellier Métropole Natation / Pôle France Natation Course Antibes) 28.64