Entries Revealed for French Olympic Trials; Leon Marchand Opts for 200 Breast, 200 Fly, IMs

by Riley Overend 21

June 13th, 2024 Europe, International, News

2024 French Elite Championships

  • Sunday, June 15 – Friday, June 21
  • Chartres, France
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Entry List

Leon Marchand is entered in the 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the French Championships next week at the Odyssee swimming pool in Chartres, his final tune-up before the Olympics next month in Paris.

The 22-year-old world record holder will contest the 400 IM on Monday, both the 200 fly and 200 breast on Wednesday, and the 200 IM on Friday to prepare for what could be a busy Olympic schedule. After winning world titles in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 fly last year, Marchand focused the first few months of this year on short-course yards (SCY) at Arizona State, where he led the Sun Devils to their first NCAA crown before following coach Bob Bowman to Texas in April.

In the long-course meter (LCM) pool, Marchand is ranked 11th this season in the 200 breast (2:08.40), 10th in the 200 fly (1:54.97), 2nd in the 200 IM (1:55.74), and 12th in the 400 IM (4:11.21).

Other notable entries include Maxime Grousset, the 2023 world champion in the 100 butterfly. The 25-year-old sprinter is entered in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly. Grousset is ranked 23rd in the world this season in the fly (51.47).

London 2012 Olympic champion Florent Manaudou will take on the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 fly in search of his fourth Olympic appearance this summer. The 33-year-old sprinter is tied for 10th in the world this season in the 50 free with a 21.71 from last month.

Two-time Olympian Marie Wattel is gearing up for five events between the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly. The 27-year-old captured a silver medal in the 100 fly at the 2022 World Championships with a national record of 56.14, but she hasn’t broken 58 seconds in the event so far this season.

Distance specialist Anastasiya Kirpichnikova is seeking her second Olympic appearance, but her first representing France after switching sporting nationalities from Russia last year. The 23-year-old is signed up for the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free, the latter of which she owns the national record in from last year’s World Championships (15:48.53).

Charlotte Bonnet is aiming for her fourth Olympics at 29 years old. She is gunning for the 100 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, and 200 IM. Bonnet owns the national record in the 100 free at 52.74 from 2018, but her best event now might be the 200 IM, where she placed 7th at the 2024 World Championships in February with an Olympic ‘A’ cut of 2:11.23.

Among those eyeing their first Olympic berths is 25-year-old backstroker Pauline Mahieu, who clocked a national record in the 100 back (59.30) at the 2023 World Championships last summer. She is also entered in the 50 free, 50 back, and 200 back.

Plenty of relay spots will also be up for grabs as France qualified all seven relays for the Olympics.

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Gard
28 days ago

i don’t know about the 1free or the 2free, but I have a feeling Marchand COULD be in the mix to break that impossible 400 free WR.
I mean, the guy can swim 400m in 4:02 when 25% of it is in breaststroke! so I bet his 3:47PB is not the best he could do…

Aragon Son of Arathorne
28 days ago

Can he take down Milak in the 2 fly? What’s the over/under?

College Sports Union Member
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
28 days ago

As an American, I’m willing to bet Qin Haiyang (200 Breast) and Wang Shun (200 IM) give Marchand a harder time for gold than Milak.

Shun is going to maybe have a 400 IM outside of the 200, while holding a PB of 1:54.6 from earlier this season. If he’s anywhere close to that in the final it’s going to give Marchand a run for his money no matter how much he’s improved. Keep in mind Marchand’s PB is 1:54.8 from a world championships.

Haiyang is an even tougher opponent, considering he’s the current world-record holder and is coming up from the 50 and 100 breast, giving him very much the capability to out-muscle Marchand if they’re close with… Read more »

jablo
28 days ago

surprised he didn’t add 1/2 fr to schedule. does france do relays differently? you’d think you’d want marchand on all 4 relays but his schedule doesn’t include any of the races for relay spots

Greenangel
Reply to  jablo
28 days ago

Surprised he won’t swim the 200 free even if he wouldn’t have swum the individual event in Paris. But I suppose he’ll swim the 800 free relay.
For the medley Relay no problem. He’ll swim the breast part like in 2023.
Too Bad he doesn’t swim the 100 breast. I’m sure he could have swum 58″50. He swam 59″06 last month in Irvine for the Speedo Challenge.

Last edited 28 days ago by Greenangel
jablo
28 days ago

surprised he didn’t add 1/2 fr to schedule. does france do relays differently? you’d think you’d want marchand on all 4 relays but his schedule doesn’t include any of the races for relay spots

RealSlimThomas
Reply to  jablo
28 days ago

Gotta think he’s a lock for those relays. Maybe he’ll time trial if they have a training camp, like Phelps did in 2016.

Drewbrewsbeer
28 days ago

King Leon!

Khachaturian
29 days ago

Will be interested to see who will be able to swim freestyle on the medley relay besides grousset

jp input is too short
Reply to  Khachaturian
28 days ago

Would assume that’s a job for Manaudou?

phelpsfan
Reply to  jp input is too short
28 days ago

Manaudou is only good at 50m..,

matt
Reply to  phelpsfan
28 days ago

he did a 100m at each event this year with interesting times during a preparation period

Dylan
Reply to  Khachaturian
28 days ago

Or they could have Secchi on fly and Grousset on free.

Aquajosh
Reply to  Khachaturian
28 days ago

Clement Secchi swam a 51.3 100 fly in April. There’s no reason to think he’s not going to go faster at Trials. That would move Grousset to free.

Iceman
Reply to  Aquajosh
28 days ago

Bad idea…better to put grousset on fly who’s been 49.2 I think that’s so much faster than anyone other than dressel and Manaudou has been training for the 100 and he can go 47 off a relay that’s much better than grousset on free and secchi on fly

RealCrocker5040
29 days ago

Didn’t Manaudou go 21.71 this year in prelims

RealSlimThomas
29 days ago

Anyone know which relays the French qualified for the Olympics?

jp input is too short
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
29 days ago

Looks like all of ’em.

Adrian
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
29 days ago

All 7

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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