France Sending Near-Full Squad to Short Course World Championships

  12 Braden Keith | September 18th, 2012 | Featured, International, News

France has announced their rosters both for the upcoming European Short Course Championships, a meet that they are hosting in Chartres, as well as the World Short Course Championships that will be a short hop away in Istanbul, Turkey in December.

The roster is highlighted by Olympic champions Yannick Agnelon the men’s side and Camille Muffat on the women’s, both of whom are trained at Olympic Nice Natation.

This meet will also see the return to the world’s stage of Fred Bousquet, who painfully missed out on the Olympic Team this year, and his partner Laure Manaudou. Interestingly, the roster still lists Clement Lefert among it, despite his declaration last week that he was retired.

All-told, this lineup seems as though it will give the French one of the strongest at the short course championships, which are often with less-than-full attendance. The roster, seen below, has 20 men and 12 women on it, which will also make it one of the biggest.

For the upcoming European Championships, France will send an even bigger roster of 55 athletes, and as the host country will hope for a good performance. This roster leans toward the younger side (though it will still include many of the superstars). Among the rising names in this group are  19-year old Mehdy Metella, the future of French butterflying, and 17-year old Beryl Gastaldello, one of the top junior sprinters in Europe.

The full roster for the European Championships, held in late November, can be seen at this link.

 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. DUBOSCQ Hugues 1981 CN LE HAVRE
6. GANDIN Dorian 1991 CN MARSEILLE
7. GILOT Fabien 1984 CN MARSEILLE
8. JOLY Damien 1992 CN ANTIBES
9. LACOURT Camille 1985 CN MARSEILLE
10. LEFERT Clément 1987 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
11. LEVEAUX Amaury 1985 LAGARDERE PARIS RACING
12. MALLET Grégory 1984 CN MARSEILLE
13. MANAUDOU Florent 1990 CN MARSEILLE
14. MEYNARD William 1987 CN MARSEILLE
15. PANNIER Anthony 1988 AAS SARCELLES NATATION 95
16. PEREZ DORTONA Giacomo 1989 CN MARSEILLE
17. ROUAULT Sébastien 1986 MULHOUSE ON
18. SASSOT Romain 1986 LYON NATATION
19. STASIULIS Benjamin 1986 AMIENS METROPOLE NAT.
20. 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. ETIENNE Ophélie-Cyrielle 1990 DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC
7. FARRELL Margaux 1990 CN ANTIBES
8. GRANGEON Lara 1991 CN CALÉDONIENS
9. LAZARE Mylène 1987 AAS SARCELLES NATATION 95
10. MANAUDOU Laure 1986 CN MARSEILLE
11. MUFFAT Camille 1989 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION
12. SANTAMANS Anna 1993 OLYMPIC NICE NATATION

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Philip Johnson
4 years 9 days ago

How are Agnel’s underwaters? i wonder if his long course success will move to the short course scene? but yeah, looks like the French are taking these championships very seriously, they are going all out. very likely they will come out on top on the medal standings

bobo gigi
4 years 9 days ago

Their underwaters are much better than in 2010 when Ryan Lochte had beaten him very easily. But underwaters or not Yannick Agnel is now unbeatable in the 200 free during the next 4 years. He has so much speed for the first part of his race and his finish is very strong. And he will continue to become more powerful. I don’t see a swimmer in the world to beat him in the next big competitions. We’ll see.

Rafael
4 years 9 days ago

We saw so much stuff happenning the past 2 years on swimming (Yamaguchi now, Magnussen rising and not delivering, Cielo swimming the worst 50 free of his life, clary surprising locthe, Le Clos, just to stay on men´s side) that one guy anywhere might rise on any race and take out the status of unbeatable of any swimmer (maybe except Sun Yang)

bobo gigi
4 years 9 days ago

Ok for the possible new names in the future but today give me a swimmer able to swim around 1.43 or better except Yannick Agnel because I don’t know him.

Philip Johnson
4 years 9 days ago

i agree, i see Agnel dominating the 200 free for years to come. while everyone is barely breaking that 1:45 barrier, Agnel has really set the bar high with that 1:43. he is really miles ahead of the field (similar to Magnussen’s 47 low). Yang could possibly challenge him, but as long as he’s swimming that 400, i don’t see that happening. plus i don’t think he has the kick to keep up with Agnel.

Rafael
4 years 8 days ago

Yang surely has the speed needed to take on the challenge, but he don´t come out fast.. He´s like a machine that needs to run for some time before reaching full power.. If he were able to go all out since the beginning he could be a worthy challenger.

aswimfan
4 years 8 days ago

I agree. He will be unbeatable in the 200 for the next 4 years.

As I kept repeating myself early this year when I found out Agnel ditched 400, it was the best decision he ever made.

bobo gigi
4 years 9 days ago

This list is a joke! Alain Bernard and Clément Lefert have retired. Fabien Gilot suffers from a shoulder for 2 years and has had a surgery this week. He will not swim this year anymore. And Hugues Duboscq will retire after the european short course championships in France in November.
I can also say you that Amaury Leveaux stops the 200 free. It’s too long for him. He’ll focus now on the 50 free and the 100 free. After the retirement of Clément Lefert it’s another bad news for the french 4X200 free relay.

Philip Johnson
4 years 9 days ago

i thought the French 4X200 was suppose to take over? well, maybe others will step up. but i heard this before. Not to long ago, everyone was on the Russian bandwagon saying how they were the new generation and they were suppose to end the American’s reign. they looked good at moments, but that obviously didn’t happen. nevertheless, i like to see some competition! the women’s 4X200 race was probably one of the most exciting relays in London.

Jean Michel
4 years 9 days ago

Good squad ! Even if many countries give less interest in short course championships , i found that it is very spectacular . Some swimmers love the short distance pool and give
a lot of amazing spectacular swims . I hope the Us will send a good squad as well … the face to face with France will be owesome . 200 free men : Agnel is unbeatable . 200 free woman :
Schmitt is now unbeatable as well .

Jean Michel
4 years 9 days ago

Actually , nobody is unbeatable ……..we saw that with Phelps on 200 butterfly in London . So , i would rephrase what i said : Agnel and Schmitt look really unbeatable on 200 free but anything can happen in a big final .

Shiki
4 years 9 days ago

Waiting for USA roster!

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