22nd National Meeting of Lyon Natation Metropole
- April 17-18, 2021
- Lyon, France
- Long Course Meters (50 meters)
French Olympic medalist Charlotte Bonnet swam a 1:57.36 in the 200 free over the weekend to win the women’s 200 free in Lyon, France at a local regional meet.
That’s the third different meet that she’s been sub-1:58 in the 200 free already in 2021: she swam 1:56.77 in March in Marseille and 1:56.96 in February in Nice. The last time she was this fast this many times by this point of a calendar year was 2018, where she culminated her year with a lifetime best of 1:54.95 and a European Championship in the 200 free.
Bonnet also swam 54.01 to win the 100 free. That’s three-tenths shy of her season best from last month in Marseille.
Also swimming well at the meet was Analia Pigree, won won the 50 back in 28.59 and 100 back in 1:02.23. Her previous best time coming into the meet was a 1:02.96 from February. For the 19-year old, her best time before 2021 was just 1:06.83 and her best time prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 was 1:07.57.
The 19-year old is working on expanding her resume from more of a sprint freestyle/butterfly specialist to a backstroker. She’s now France’s 4th-ranked 100 backstroker in 2021, behind the national leader Mathilde Cini, who was 1:01.57 in March.
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