The French Federation has announced its team for the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Led by Florent Manaudou, a triple gold medalist at European Championships this past summer, the team includes six men and five women:
- Yannick Agnel
- Florent Manaudou
- Mehdy Metella
- Clément Mignon
- Giacomo Perez Dortona
- Benjamin Stasiulis
- Charlotte Bonnet
- Mathilde Cini
- Mélanie Henique
- Anna Santamans
- Marie Wattel
Manaudou finished second in the 50 free to Vlad Morozov two years ago at Short Course worlds, but is coming off a very successful long course season that culminated in three golds at Euros, including a championship record in the 50 free. Agnel had a disappointing Euros but is back training in familiar territory, having recently traded Bob Bowman and North Baltimore for Lionel Horter and Mulhouse.
Metella was a member of France’s gold medal-winning 400 free relay and swam fly on the silver medal-winning 400 medley relay at Euros. Perez Dortona swam breast on that medley relay. Mignon was on both the men’s 400 free relay and the bronze medal-winning mixed 400 free relay with Anna Santamans. Stasiulis finaled in both the 100 and 200 back at Euros and led off the medley relay.
When Camille Muffat retired abruptly before Euros last summer, Bonnet was thrust into the spotlight as a potential successor, and it was hoped she would lead the charge for the future of French women’s swimming. But Bonnet failed to live up to expectations at Euros. Instead, it was Santamans who impressed on the women’s side. The sprinter missed the podium by one spot in the 50 free and won a bronze medal as a member of the mixed 400 free relay.
Wattel is the youngest member of the French squad. She swam 50 and 100 fly at Euros. Henique also competed in the 50 fly in Berlin, while Cini was in the 50 and 100 back.
The French will be led by delegation chief Pierre Grosbois and head coach Romain Barnier. Other members of the staff include:
- Director of Racing: Patrice Cassagne
- Coaches: Lionel Horter, Julien Jacquier, Maxime Leutenegger, Fabrice Pellerin
- Doctor: Stephane Lefebvre
- Physical therapists: Arnaud Tixier, Alexandra Le Goff
- Analyst: Denis Westrich
Florent Manaudou and Anna Santamans are the only two on the above list that were also part of the 9-member French delegation at the 11th FINA Short Course Worlds in Instanbul in 2012, where France finished 22nd on the medals table.