French Federation Names Team of 29 Swimmers to 33rd European Championships

The French Federation (FFN) has released the list of swimmers it will take to London for the 33rd LEN European Aquatics Championships from Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22, 2016.

The team, named by National Technical Director (DTN) Jacques Fabre based on performances at the French Elite Nationals and Olympic Trials at the end of March, will consist of 11 women and 18 men. There were originally 33 names on the list but one woman (Coralie Balmy) and three men (Jordan Coelho, Damien Joly, and Grégory Mallet) bowed out of the competition. Balmy, Coelho and Joly all train under Franck Esposito at CN Antibes; Mallet is part of the CN Marseille group.

The LEN team is made up of the French team headed to Rio, with a few additions (marked with an asterisk*). Below are the names of the women selected to the team for London:

Name Birth year Club representing
Coralie BALMY 1987 MONTPELLIER METROPOLE NATATION
Charlotte BONNET 1995 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
Mathilde CINI 1994 VALENCE TRIATHLON
Fanny DEBERGHES 1994 ASPTT MONTPELLIER
Margaux FABRE 1992 AQUALOVE SAUVETAGE MONTPELLIER
Camille GHEORGHIU* 1996 MONTPELLIER METROPOLE NATATION
Lara GRANGEON 1991 CN CALÉDONIENS
Cloé HACHE 1997 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
HENIQUE Mélanie 1992 AMIENS METROPOLE NAT.
Fantine LESAFFRE 1994 MULHOUSE ON
Anna SANTAMANS 1993 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
Marie WATTEL 1997 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION

Béryl Gastaldello, who qualified for the European Championships in four events, was not on the roster.

On the men’s side, the following athletes were selected to compete in London:

Name Birth year Club representing
Yannick AGNEL 1992 MULHOUSE ON
Joris BOUCHAUT* 1995 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
Lorys BOURELLY 1992 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
Frédérick BOUSQUET 1981 CN MARSEILLE
Theo BUSSIERE 1995 CN MARSEILLE
Jordan COELHO 1992 STADE DE VANVES
Nicolas D’ORIANO 1997 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
Fabien GILOT 1984 CN MARSEILLE
Damien JOLY 1992 CN ANTIBES
Camille LACOURT 1985 CN MARSEILLE
Paul LEMAIRE* 1991 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
Grégory MALLET 1984 CN MARSEILLE
Florent MANAUDOU 1990 CN MARSEILLE
Mehdy METELLA 1992 CN MARSEILLE
William MEYNARD 1987 CN MARSEILLE
Clément MIGNON 1993 CN MARSEILLE
Ganesh PEDURAND* 1992 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
Giacomo PEREZ DORTONA* 1989 CN MARSEILLE
Jordan POTHAIN 1994 NAUTIC CLUB ALP’38
Benjamin STASIULIS* 1986 CN MARSEILLE
Jérémy STRAVIUS 1988 AMIENS METROPOLE NAT.

 

This is the largest squad to represent France at the LEN championship meet during an Olympic year in recent memory. In 2000 the FFN sent 24 swimmers; in 2004, 27; in 2008, 28; and in 2012, 27.

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