Gastaldello Leads 50 Back in Day 2 Prelims of French Nats


  • Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • Centre Nautique de Schiltigheim, Strasbourg
  • 50-meter course
  • Prelims at 9:00 AM / Finals at 5:30 PM
  • Televised on beIN SPORTS1 Tue-Fri / beIN SPORTS2 Sat / beIN SPORTS3 Sun
  • FINA Qualifying Standards for 2017 Worlds
  • Meet Central
  • Start Lists
  • Results

The 2017 French Elite Long Course Nationals continued this morning in Strasbourg with day 2 prelims. Swimmers gathered to compete in the men’s 200 free, 400 IM, and 100 breast, while the women competed in the 200 fly, 50 back, and 1500 free. The fastest 8 seeds in the 1500 free haven’t swum yet, as they’ll be racing during the finals session. Read on for highlights from today’s morning session.

Texas A&M-based Béryl Gastaldello raced to top seed in the 50 back prelims. Gastaldello was the only swimmer of the morning to clear 29 seconds, clocking in at 28.58 ahead of Mathilde Cini (29.15). With that, she’s just 6 hundredths shy of the FINA A cut, which stands at a 28.52 that she’ll go after in finals.

There were 3 men under 1:50 in the men’s 200 free prelims, led by Jonathan Atsu. His 1:49.02 landed him the top seed by just 2 hundredths ahead of Clément Mignon (1:49.04). Taking 3rd seed was Jordan Pothain, who won last night’s 400 free final. Pothain hit the wall with a smooth 1:49.41 this morning.

In the women’s 200 fly, Lara Grangeon set up a battle with Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendaal, a World Championship medalist freestyler, as they took the top 2 seeds. Grangeon set the pace, as she landed top seed by over 2 seconds in 2:11.50. Van Rouwendaal followed for 2nd seed with her 2:13.74.

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bobo gigi

Required times in today’s finals to qualify. Remember, no “saved” swimmers this year. Zero tolerance.

Women’s 1500 free. 16.25.04
Men’s 100 breast. 1.00.26
Women’s 200 fly. 2.09.21
Men’s 400 IM. 4.17.88
Women’s 50 back. 28.01
Men’s 200 free. 1.47.15

bobo gigi

Favorites of the day
Women’s 1500 free. Aurélie Muller. The 2015 world champion in the 10 km open water wants to break the national record of 16.03.01 by Laure Manaudou. I don’t see that happen but it’s good to be ambitious. And with Philippe Lucas…. PB of 16.27.77.
Men’s 100 breast. Théo Bussière. PB of 1.01.35
Women’s 200 fly. Lara Grangeon. PB of 2.07.87
Men’s 400 IM. Jérémy Desplanches of Switzerland for the win. PB of 4.16.04. Nicolas D’Oriano for French title. PB of 4.20.03.
Women’s 50 back. Béryl Gastaldello. PB of 28.01. Mathilde Cini. PB of 28.16
Men’s 200 free. Jordan Pothain but he didn’t look very good yesterday in the 400 free. PB of 1.46.56. Clément Mignon. PB of 1.48.00.

bobo gigi

Women’s 1500 free. 1. Aurélie Muller in 16.24.34. As expected no record. She doesn’t have enough speed. Lucas didn’t look very happy. But her goal is open water. She did the required time but not sure she swims in the pool in Budapest.


I don’t expect her to swim in Budapest tbh, would expect her to stick to the open water.

Bussiere with a 1:00:62, I think it’s a PB (at least it’s quicker than his entry time), but not enough to qualify. He’ll probably make it as a relay swimmer (I expect the medley relay to qualify), but I think under the criteria that means he won’t swim the individual.

bobo gigi

Yes PB for Bussière. I’ve mentioned the PBs of the favorites above.
The medley relay is in rebuilding mode with no more Stravius or Lacourt on backstroke. Hopefully Mathieu can convert his 200 back progression in the 100 back too.


Grangeon just missing out on the QT with a 2:09:35, only a few hundredths short, but if the selectors stick to their guns that means she won’t be going to Budapest (don’t think she has any other events, having apparently dropped the 400IM). A tad unfortunate perhaps when it’s that close, but the QT was well outside her PB, so can’t have too many complaints.

bobo gigi

On TV they said that Grangeon will try to make the team in the 25 km open water next week.
Talking about open water, Muller swam a marathon of 57 km in Argentina last February. 🙄

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