French Federation Selects 25 Swimmers for LEN Short Course Euros

The French Federation (FFN) announced its roster for the upcoming 2017 LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships that will take place in the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 13-17, 2017.

The 25-member French squad was announced in the program of the French Short Course Nationals that took place this past weekend. Selections were made based on results from the 2017 long-course season. The FFN published its selection criteria in late September, about a month after the arrival of the new Technical Director of French Swimming, Julien Issoulié.

The rules of selection stated that athletes classified at the “excellence” level would be chosen based on their French national rankings from the 2016-17 long-course season. A maximum of 4 swimmers could be selected for each individual event on the program, excluding the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free, in which only 2 swimmers would be named to the team. The criteria for selection were:

  1. Ranked among the top 4 French swimmers in an event in the national rankings for the 2016-17 long-course season;
  2. Named to one of the national categories (“Elite,” “Senior,” “Developmental,” or “National”) for the 2017-18 season;
  3. Not having lost a race in the event to a non-ranked swimmer.

Swimmers who were named to the French squad for 2017 SC Euros were obligated to swim in Montpellier at the French Short Course National Championships.

French Selection for European Short Course Championships

Nom Club
Jonathan ATSU Dauphins Toulouse OEC
Thomas AVETAND Amiens Métropole Natation
Paul-Gabriel BEDEL CN Marseille
Charlotte BONNET Olympic Nice Natation
Joris BOUCHAUT Dauphins Toulouse OEC
Lorys BOURELLY Dauphins Toulouse OEC
Christophe BRUN Dauphins Toulouse OEC
Théo BUSSIERE CN Marseille
Mathilde CINI Valence Triathlon
Jordan COELHO Stade de Vanves
Camille DAUBA CN Sarreguemines
Fanny DEBERGHES ASPTT Montpellier
Cyrielle DUHAMEL Stade Béthune Pélican Club
Margaux FABRE Aqualove Sauvetage Montpellier
Lara GRANGEON CN Calédoniens
Maxime GROUSSET Amiens Métropole Natation
Mélanie HENIQUE CN Marseille
Damien JOLY Montpellier Métropole Natation
Fantine LESAFFRE Montpellier Métropole Natation
Pauline MAHIEU US St-André
Geoffroy MATHIEU Stade Clermont Natation
Maxence ORANGE Nantes Natation
Jordan POTHAIN Nautic Club ALP’38
Jérémy STRAVIUS Amiens Métropole Natation
Marie WATTEL Montpellier Métropole Natation


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