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.
Gastaldello is currently in her first season as an Aggie. 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. Gastaldello is also a member of the French National Team, which competed at the European Championships. 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.