The French Swimming Federation released their French Press kit (dossier, to be truly French), and for the first time we’ve gotten some firm confirmation on who will be swimming what at the World Championships.
The biggest surprise is that Yannick Agnel is listed back in the 100 and 200 freestyles, despite telling French media in May that he would only swim relays at the World Championships due to interruptions in his training caused by illness. This is the second-straight World Championship meet at which Agnel has proclaimed to drop certain events because of illness and then eventually swum it anyway (in 2011, it was the 400 free, where he eventually finished in 6th place).
He is ascribed to swim the 100 free, the 200 free, the 400 free relay, and the 800 free relay, though not the 400 medley relay, where he would be expected to anchor were he in top form. That fourth spot, though, is still very much up in the air, as only Jeremy Stravius, Camille Lacourt, and Mehdy Metella are currently listed as being a part of that relay for certain.
Stravius will swim individually in the 50 back, the 100 back, the 100 fly, and the 200 IM, in addition to relay duties, after having by-far the best meet of all of the French men at their National Trials.
And finally, Camille Muffat, the star of the women’s program, is entered in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles. She has swum as well-as-ever in the 100 this year, though until this ascription there was still some question as to whether she’d spend time on it at Worlds with gold medals possible in the 200 and 400 freestyles (and, perhaps, the favorite in both events).