French Free/Fly Sprinter Nans Mazellier to Swim for Cal in 2023-24

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Nans Mazellier from La Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean that is one of France’s overseas departments and regions, has signed an NLI to swim and study at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in the 2023-24 school year.

Mazellier, 19, graduated from high school in 2022 and now trains at INSEP in Paris. He specializes in the 50/100 free and fly and holds French national age records in the LCM 17 years 50 free (22.59), 15 years 100 fly (56.17), and 14 years 50 free (24.69), 50 fly (25.87), and 100 fly (57.90). In SCM, he owns the 18 years 50 free (21.67) and 14 years 50 free (24.00).

At the Canet leg of the 2023 Mare Nostrum tour, he dipped under 1:50 for the first time in the 200 free, finishing fifth in the A final with 1:49.74. He swam the 50/100 free and 100 fly in Monaco, finaling in both 100s.

After winning the 50 fly and finishing second and fourth in the 50/100 free, respectively, at the 2022 French Elite National Championships, Mazellier represented France at both the 2022 World Junior Championships and the 2022 European Junior Swimming Championships. At the former, he came in fourth in both the 50 and 100 free; at the latter, he was fourth in the 50 and eighth in the 100.

Best LCM times (converted to SCY):

  • 50 free – 22.44 (19.49)
  • 100 free – 49.50 (43.15)
  • 200 free – 1:49.74 (1:35.98)
  • 50 fly – 24.29 (21.25)
  • 100 fly – 53.84 (47.24)

Mazellier will enter the Golden Bears’ class of 2027 with Aaron Shackell, Keaton Jones, Roman Jones, Humberto Najera, Samuel Quarles, Nic Antoniou, and Rob Alexy. His 50 free time would have been top-5 last season; only four other sprinters broke 19.5 seconds: Bjorn Seeliger (18.46), Jack Alexy (18.77), Liam Bell (18.96), and Ziyad Saleem (19.41).

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3 months ago

The foreign invasion continues.

3 months ago

Unrelated but any update on where Minakov is heading?

Reply to  Forkfull
3 months ago

maybe not unrelated…

Mike O’Harn
3 months ago

This dude is the future of french swimming

3 months ago

Why? Just why?

I have so many questions

Reply to  Andrew
3 months ago

He did it just to get under your skin. Mumbled something about wanting to join the other underwater merchants

Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Something something ring chasing

Reply to  Andrew
3 months ago

Why not?

3 months ago

I find that converting SCM to SCY might be a little better as the number of turns and underwaters are more similar than LCM to SCY. Do we know what those conversions would be (does he have taper times from SCM)?

If he graduated in 2022, was that spring or fall of 2022, does that affect the number of years of eligibility he has left?

Reply to  Dan
3 months ago

It shouldn’t. You have 5 years from graduation to complete 4 years of eligibility.

3 months ago

that’s a damn good class of recruits

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Breezeway
3 months ago

Seems a bit under the radar, which doesn’t really make sense with Jones, Jones and Schackel. But I think a lot of
The recruits have improved a lot since committing.

Reply to  Breezeway
3 months ago

What about Peter Coetze from South Africa?

Reply to  skip
3 months ago

Class of 2024

Reply to  h2olover
3 months ago

thanks. actually, Pieter.

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