Born Feb. 15, 1995 to parents, Eric and Véronique Gastaldello, Beryl Gastaldello is a butterfly and freestyle specialist at Texas A&M. Gastaldello made an impact on the conference and NCAA level right away for the Aggies – she was awarded the 2015 SEC Female Freshman of the Year. She started swimming at 8 years old, and was the top international recruit according to collegeswimming.com’s 2014 recruiting class. Although she’s primarily a butterfly and freestyle specialist, she still has nationally competitive times in the backstroke events and broke the French national record in the 50m backstroke in April 2015. Gastaldello is an NCAA All-American, and a French National Team member that trained with Cercle Des Nageurs de Marseille – she clocked the fastest 50-yard butterfly split in history (at the time), at the 2015 SEC Championships. The business major claims that she chose A&M due to the team’s spirit, and she was also impressed by the university’s facilities.
At the SEC meet she took third in the 50 freestyle, swimming a sub-22 second time, first in the 100 butterfly and second in the 100 backstroke. She also swam on multiple relays, including the 200 medley relay, which she posted the fastest split in history at the time. At NCAA’s Gastaldello finished 10th in the 50 freestyle, 17th in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 freestyle. She also added some All-America honors as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays in addition to the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
In April 2015 Gastaldello broke the French national record in the 50m backstroke, a standard that had been held since 2007. At the 2015 French Nationals, she won the 50m butterfly title, just a few tenths behind the French national record. She qualified for the World Championships in the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, and 100m freestyle.
2015 World Championships
In Kazan, Gastadello broke another national record in the 50 back (28.02) in prelims, qualifying 8th overall. In semis, she added a couple tenths to her time and fell to 13th, not advancing to the final heat. In the 50 fly, she once again advanced to semis, this time finishing 14th overall, and in the 100 free she swam the prelims and finished in 21st.
2016 Olympic Games
In Rio, Beryl swam the 100 fly, finishing 25th in the prelims at 58.93. She also led off the 4×100 free relay that broke a French record in prelims and finished 7th overall and the 4×100 medley relay, would was DQ’ed in prelims.
2017 World Championships
In the 50 fly, Beryl once again advanced to semis, swimming a personal best in prelims (25.79) that set a new French record. She would go on to finish 15th in semis (26.02). She also finished 21st in the 100 fly (58.97).
2018 European Championships
Beryl won her first major international medals in Glasgow as a part of France’s women’s and mixed 4×100 free relays, swimming prelims of the mixed relay and anchoring the finals relay of the women’s (holding off Ranomi Kromowidjojo and the Netherlands for gold).