A pair of French stars’ names have been removed from the women’s side of the European All-Stars squad for the 2013 Duel in the Pool. Charlotte Bonnet and Camille Muffat are both no longer listed on the Europeans’ roster, despite having been there upon original announcement.
Though the names were scrubbed with little fanfare from the Europeans, this will have a significant effect on the outcome of the meet, as Bonnet and Muffat were both likely to be on European relays, and if not there, then Muffat was certainly among the favorites to score in both the 200 and 400 meter freestyles. Muffat was the World Record holder in the 400 until August, the 2010 World Short Course Champion in the 200, and the 2012 Olympic champion in the 400 free in long course.
Fortunately for the Europeans, they at least still have the woman who broke Muffat’s WR in that 400, Mireia Belmonte-Garcia, but this scratch turns that race from a winnable one to the Europeans to one where they’ll be challenged to even earn a split.
The men’s roster might have been hit even harder. Four swimmers from the French team have been scratched. That includes Florent Manaudou, who was a late scratch from the European SC Championships with a shoulder injury; Fred Bousquet, who was a scratch of the same meet, only due to self-proclaimed old age; and then Fabien Gilot and World Champion Jeremy Stravius have both scratched out as well (apparently healthy).
Those scratches probably cost the Europeans a shot at their first-ever win in this series. The Americans did look a bit vulnerable this year, but the Europeans would have still had to have all things go about perfectly for them to win. In the above, they’ve probably lost at least 8 scoring swims in a meet where only top three finishers earn points, and that might be insurmountable for them, even after the Ryan Lochte injury.
Yannick Agnel, who is currently training in the United States, is still on the roster as the lone remaining French swimmer.
The full rosters, as up to date as the ones on the official site, are below.
EUROPEAN ALL STARS
|Roberto Pavoni (GBR)||Sophie Allen (GBR)|
|Craig McNally (GBR)||Jazmin Carlin (GBR)|
|Robbie Renwick (GBR)||Hannah Miley (GBR)|
|Michael Jamieson (GBR)||Lauren Quigley (GBR)|
|James Guy (GBR)||Francesca Halsall (GBR)|
|Andrew Willis (GBR)||Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)|
|Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR)||Daryna Zevina (UKR)|
|Lotte Friis (DEN)|
|Melanie Costa (ESP)|
|Jeanette Ottesen-Gray (DEN)|
|Yannick Agnel (FRA)|
|Pal Joensen (FAR)||Femke Heemskerk (NED)|
|Yannick Lebherz (GER)||Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)|
|Bence Biczo (HUN)||Michelle Coleman (SWE)|
|Konrad Czerniak (POL)||Fiona Doyle (IRL)|
|Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)||Simona Baumrtova (CZE)|
|Damir Dugonjic (SLO)|
|Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)|
|Marco Koch (GER)|
|Conor Dwyer||Katie Ledecky|
|Tom Shields||Shannon Vreeland|
|Kevin Cordes||Cammille Adams|
|Tom Luchsinger||Simone Manuel|
|Chase Kalisz||Jessica Hardy|
|Anthony Ervin||Caitlin Leverenz|
|Jimmy Feigen||Micah Lawrence|
|Michael McBroom||Claire Donahue|
|Matt McLean||Chloe Sutton|
|Eugene Godsoe||Megan Romano|
|Nic Fink||Kathleen Baker*|
|Shane Ryan||Sarah Henry|
|Cullen Jones||Meghan Hawthorne|
|Tyler Clary||Breeja Larson|
|Michael Klueh||Olivia Smoliga|
|Cody Miller||Gillian Ryan|
|Michael Weiss||Kendyl Stewart|