France Pegs 41 for European Championships, Bousquet; Ress Included

The lofty French standards for the Olympics resulted in a team of only 29 headed to London, but a more-lenient 41 will be headed to the European Championships in Debreczen, Hungary in May.

The full roster is below, and includes a diverse roster from around the country, though with the biggest group representing the elite team at Marseille, with 9 swimmers (though, that includes Fred Bousquet and Laure Manaudou, who train in the United States at Auburn).

Speaking of Bousquet, he has held up the promises of his significant-other and continued his career despite missing the Olympic Team. He will swim at the European Championships in the 50 fly.

American Eric Ress skipped the NCAA season to focus on trying to qualify for the Olympics, and though he came up short there, he will swim in Hungary. Individual events have not been released, but this could be one of the last major championships at which we’ll see Hugues Duboscq will swim an individual event (if at all) – for the Olympics, he qualified only as a relay alternate, and after this medal-contending team missed the final at the World Championships last year, there’s a chance they won’t risk it again in 2012.

Olympic Nice Natation has really built itself into a French powerhouse, with 5 on the roster. Aside from Yannick Agnel and Camille Muffat, who were truly the two stars of the meet, they’ll also send swimmers like Clement Lefert, Charlotte Bonnet, and Anna Santamans. This training group was long an impressive one in the junior ranks, but now those swimmers are hitting the senior ranks (though, Bonnet is still only 16) and they now make up a huge portion of this French team.

France will have one of the largest (maybe the largest) at the Championships. Germany is taking 32, while Great Britain will send only 5.

Men
1. AGNEL Yannick 1992 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
2. BERNARD Alain 1983 CN ANTIBES
3. BOURELLY Lorys 1992 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
4. BOUSQUET Frédérick 1981 CN MARSEILLE
5. COELHO Jordan 1992 ETAMPES NATATION
6. DUBOSCQ Hugues 1981 CN LE HAVRE
7. GANDIN Dorian 1991 CN MARSEILLE
8. GILOT Fabien 1984 CN MARSEILLE
9. JOLY Damien 1992 CN ANTIBES
10. LACOURT Camille 1985 CN MARSEILLE
11. LEFERT Clément 1987 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
12. LEVEAUX Amaury 1985 LAGARDERE PARIS RACING
13. MALLET Grégory 1984 CN MARSEILLE
14. MANAUDOU Florent 1990 CN MARSEILLE
15. METELLA Mehdy 1992 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
16. MEYNARD William 1987 CN MARSEILLE
17. PANNIER Anthony 1988 AAS SARCELLES NATATION 95
18. PEREZ DORTONA Giacomo 1989 CN MARSEILLE
19. RESS Eric 1990 CN ANTIBES
20. ROUAULT Sébastien 1986 MULHOUSE ON
21. SASSOT Romain 1986 LYON NATATION
22. STASIULIS Benjamin 1986 AMIENS METROPOLE NAT.
23. STRAVIUS Jérémy 1988 AMIENS METROPOLE NAT.
 Women
1. BABOU Fanny 1989 CNS ST-ESTÈVE
2. BALMY Coralie 1987 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
3. BONNET Charlotte 1995 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
4. BRUNO Justine 1994 BEAUVAISIS AQUATIC CLUB
5. CASTEL Alexianne 1990 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
6. CREDEVILLE Cloé 1990 NANTES NATATION
7. DE RONCHI Sophie 1985 ES MASSY NATATION
8. ETIENNE Ophélie-Cyrielle 1990 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
9. FARRELL Margaux 1990 CN ANTIBES
10. GHEORGHIU Camille 1996 AQUATIC CLUB BOURGES
11. GRANGEON Lara 1991 CN CALÉDONIENS
12. JUGNET Marie 1993 CNS VALLAURIS
13. LAZARE Mylène 1987 AAS SARCELLES NATATION 95
14. MANAUDOU Laure 1986 CN MARSEILLE
15. MONGEL Aurore 1982 ASPTT STRASBOURG
16. MUFFAT Camille 1989 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
17. MULLER Aurélie 1990 CN SARREGUEMINES
18. SANTAMANS Anna 1993 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION

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