European Duel in the Pool Roster Decimated By French Scratches

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 injuryFred 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)

USA TEAM

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

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bobo gigi

What????
What happens?
For Manaudou and Bousquet, ok. They have good reasons.
But for Muffat, Bonnet, Gilot and Stravius, it’s absolutely ridiculous. And shameful.
They don’t have any good reason to miss that meet.
About the team race (which doesn’t interest me too much), only Manaudou, Stravius and Bousquet could bring big points. Muffat isn’t in good shape. Gilot isn’t a short course swimmer. Bonnet is still in development.
This December month is definitely a month to forget for French swimming.

aswimfan

Bobo,
Are you asking the french for reason?

If they don’t feel like going, they are not going.

Jack

Hmmm – Seems quite shameful, if it is true that most of the athletes were healthy. They should not have taken the places of other Europeans who could have been bothered to turn up, it’s ridiculous. Embarrassing day for French swimming, to be quite honest. The Europeans will NEED to call in some last minute replacements, for the men’s sprint events, even if it is only Brits who can make it at such short notice.

KeithM

Maybe give Adam Brown a ring? I still think the Europeans can win this, this is by far the strongest women’s team they’ve sent even with the two withdrawals (which don’t hurt them too badly). They can blunt the impact from Ledecky with Friis, Carlin, and Costa. Moreover Ledecky can’t help on the point heavy relays. The US women really only have an advantage of the breaststroke. I don’t think they can stick with the Europeans without Missy. Romano’s going to have to be the x factor to stem the loss of points in the sprints. The European men are definitely a bit weakened by this but if they can finish second in some of their relatively weak events to… Read more »

Jack

Well, given the short notice, I Imagine any replacements will have to be British, because many have committed to the event in Russia. Maybe Brown and Barrett? Maybe Proud? I really don’t know who they can get on board, but they’re going to need to try and do so.

SwimFanFinland

Jessica Hardy is an excellent breastroker, but I still find it somehow peculiar that the US team has an advantage over Europeans on Women’s breastroke.

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