Bonnet, Grousset & Kirpichnikova Wrap Up Golden French SC Championships


The 2023 French Short Course Championships wrapped up tonight from Angers with some of the nation’s best athletes vying for roster spots for this year’s European Short Course Championships in December.

Among the contenders was 22-year-old Mewen Tomac who topped the podium twice to close out his campaign.

Tomac touched first in the men’s 50m backstroke, clocking a time of 22.96 for gold. His time checked in as a personal best, tying the same effort he produced as lead-off of the French men’s medley relay at the 2022 Short Course World Championships.

Tomac stepped onto the blocks again to take on the 200m IM where he found gold for a 2nd time. Tomac stopped the clock in an effort of 1:54.15 to beat the field by well over 2 seconds. Next in line was Swiss Olympian Jeremy Desplanches who earned silver in 1:56.63.

Tomac’s time fell just .15 of Jeremy Stravius‘ French Record in the 200m IM, a time of 1:54.00 he put on the books over a decade ago.

Charlotte Bonnet found herself on top of the podium for another time, reaping gold in the women’s 100m fly. The 28-year-old Olympian notched a time of 57.66 (27.02/30.64) to beat out Marina Jehl and Lilou Ressencourt. Jehl settled for silver in 58.13 while Ressencourt rounded out the top 3 in 58.54.

Additional Winners

  • Logan Fontaine touched first in the men’s 1500m free final, hitting 14:33.52 for the top spot. Behind him was Damien Joly in 14:34.58 while bronze medalist Pacome Bricout produced another Age Record for 18-year-olds in 14:39,67.
  • Kacper Pastula was the top finisher in the men’s 50m breast, producing a winning effort of 26.70. Carl Aitkaci was the only other swimmer under 27 seconds, producing 26.88 for runner-up.
  • Anastastia Kirpichnikova clocked a time of 4:01.30 to get her hand on the wall first in the 400m free. That got th edge over runner-up Lucile Tessariol who earned silver in 4:01.94 with the pair nearly 5 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.
  • The women’s 200m back saw Pauline Mahieu get it done for gold in 2:04.81.
  • World Championships multi-medalist Maxime Grousset roared to the wall first in the men’s 100m free, registering a winning time of 45.79. He opened in 22.27 and closed in 23.52 to grab the gold, hitting the 5th-fastest time of his career in the process.

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5 months ago

45.79 is no joke

5 months ago

And why do we care about SCM right now? It is an Olympic year

Lisa Simpson
Reply to  Hank
5 months ago

It’s good for race training.

Also better than SCY which staggeringly dominate the conversation in this sub all the time.

Last edited 5 months ago by Lisa Simpson
Brandon James
Reply to  Hank
5 months ago

Pampers go diego go

Swim Fan
5 months ago

What are his goggles called and where can I get them?

Reply to  Swim Fan
5 months ago

Looks like a Speedo Fastskin model.

Underachieving swimmer
5 months ago

Grousset is top class. Always such a steady steady swimmer and shows up when it counts.

Scuncan Dott v2
5 months ago

Bonnet would be great in a 100/200IM with a better backstroke.

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