2019 French Elite National Championships – 50M
- Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st April 2019
- French qualifying rules for 2019 World Championships
- Results: available here
- French roster for 2019 World Championships: available here
At the conclusion of Sunday night’s final session at the 2019 French Elite Nationals in Rennes, the French Federation (FFN) announced that 11 athletes had been selected to the roster for 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Three had already prequalified by virtue of their medal-winning performances at 2018 European Championships (Charlotte Bonnet, Fantine Lesaffre, and Mehdy Metella) and eight were added during the course of the national selection meet (Béryl Gastaldello, Marie Wattel, David Aubry, Maxime Grousset, Damien Joly, Clément Mignon, Tom Paco Pedroni, and Jérémy Stravius).
The French qualifying standards were stringent. To make the Worlds roster, swimmers needed to achieve a time in prelims that was, on average 0.56% faster for the women and 0.59% faster for the men, than the FINA “A” standards for each event. Then they had to finish in either first or second in finals.
For the relays, add-up times were based on prelims performances. And the relays for which an individual was prequalified for Worlds (i.e. women’s 4×100 and 4×200 free and men’s 4×100 free) had to use the add-up times of the 2nd through 5th finishers in prelims, rather than the times of the top four.
There were several near-misses during the week, but the National Technical Director, Julien Issoulié, was intractable. When the women failed to qualify a 4×100 free relay, although they won gold in Glasgow with 3:34.65, he said at the press conference, “We have chosen to apply a criterion that has been carefully considered. The logic for the relay is identical to that of the individual events. Going forward, what interests me is knowing what we will put in place so that our women swim faster and no longer find themselves in this kind of situation. That is the question we asked ourselves because it’s not about the World Championships in Korea, but the Tokyo Games next year.”
What would the team look like if the rules were simplified to:
Finish first or second in finals with a FINA “A” cut.
Below you have that calculation. The second column contains the 11 swimmers who made the team, by the event for which they were selected. The third column expands the current selection to include those swimmers who hit A cuts in finals. For comparison’s sake, we’ve included the top two finishers in the final of each event with their finals times and prelims times, so you can see why swimmers were selected and why they weren’t.
There are still a couple of tough calls. Samy Helmbacher got an A cut in prelims of the 400 IM, but not in finals, for example, so he didn’t make the list. If we had expanded our simplified qualification rule to include an A cut in either prelims or finals and a top-2 finish, he’d be on our roster. And Maxime Grousset missed the A cut by .03 in finals.
[Nota bene: this is purely an academic exercise. It does not take into account how the swimmers may have performed differently in finals if selections were on the line, or how swimmers may have varied their entries.]
|Women||French Selection for Worlds||Alternative Selection Method||1st French||Finals||Prelims||2nd French||Finals||Prelims||French QT (in prelims)||FINA A||FINA B||Δ% FFN / FINA|
|50 free||none||Charlotte Bonnet||Charlotte Bonnet||24.77||25.02||Mélanie Henique||25.05||25.30||24.90||25.04||25.92||-0.56%|
|100 free||Charlotte Bonnet*, Béryl Gastaldello||Charlotte Bonnet, Béryl Gastaldello||Charlotte Bonnet||53.29||53.63||Béryl Gastaldello||53.84||54.32||54.32||54.49||56.40||-0.31%|
|200 free||Charlotte Bonnet*||Charlotte Bonnet, Margaux Fabre||Charlotte Bonnet||1:56.57||1:57.54||Margaux Fabre||1:58.86||1:58.54||1:58.03||1:58.66||2:02.81||-0.53%|
|400 free||none||none||Fantine Lesaffre||4:12.07||4:13.28||Lara Grangeon||4:12.68||4:16.91||4:09.06||4:10.57||4:19.34||-0.60%|
|800 free||none||none||Lara Grangeon||8:39.44||8:55.14||Aurélie Muller||8:43.84||8:49.87||8:31.29||8:38.56||8:56.71||-1.40%|
|1500 free||none||Lara Grangeon||Lara Grangeon||16:18.63||16:42.57||Aurélie Muller||16:32.90||16:43.24||16:22.63||16:32.04||17:06.76||-0.95%|
|50 back||none||Béryl Gastaldello||Béryl Gastaldello||27.98||27.88||Lila Touili||28.37||28.52||27.81||28.22||29.21||-1.45%|
|100 back||Béryl Gastaldello||Béryl Gastaldello||Béryl Gastaldello||1:00.07||1:00.59||Pauline Mahieu||1:01.71||1:02.33||1:00.42||1:00.59||1:02.71||-0.28%|
|200 back||none||none||Pauline Mahieu||2:14.15||2:18.58||Lilou Ressencourt||2:14.86||2:16.57||2:10.19||2:11.53||2:16.13||-1.02%|
|50 breast||none||none||Fanny Deberghes||31.54||31.62||Solène Gallego||31.84||32.32||30.74||31.22||32.31||-1.54%|
|100 breast||none||none||Fanny Deberghes||1:08.60||1:09.92||Camille Dauba||1:09.28||1:09.47||1:07.33||1:07.43||1:09.79||-0.15%|
|200 breast||none||Fanny Deberghes, Camille Dauba||Fanny Deberghes||2:25.60||2:28.59||Camille Dauba||2:25.69||2:28.76||2:25.41||2:25.91||2:31.02||-0.34%|
|50 fly||none||Marie Wattel, Béryl Gastaldello||Marie Wattel||25.90||26.07||Béryl Gastaldello||26.05||26.14||25.82||26.34||27.26||-1.97%|
|100 fly||Béryl Gastaldello, Marie Wattel||Béryl Gastaldello, Marie Wattel||Béryl Gastaldello||57.69||58.46||Marie Wattel||58.00||57.81||58.30||58.48||1:00.53||-0.31%|
|200 fly||none||none||Lara Grangeon||2:09.50||2:12.50||Camille Cottier||2:14.70||2:14.51||2:09.13||2:09.21||2:13.73||-0.06%|
|200 IM||none||Fantine Lesaffre||Fantine Lesaffre||2:11.70||2:14.62||Cyrielle Duhamel||2:14.12||2:14.20||2:12.58||2:13.03||2:17.69||-0.34%|
|400 IM||Fantine Lesaffre||Fantine Lesaffre, Lara Grangeon||Fantine Lesaffre||4:37.74||4:40.59||Lara Grangeon||4:41.21||4:53.53||4:39.59||4:43.06||4:52.97||-1.23%|
|4×100 free||none||Charlotte Bonnet, Béryl Gastaldello, Marie Wattel, Lena Bousquin||Top 4 finishers||3:35.87||3:37.06||3:38.24|
|4×200 free||none||Charlotte Bonnet, Margaux Fabre, Joana Desbordes, Assia Touati||Top 4 finishers||7:54.83||7:56.97||7:56.24|
|Men||French Selection for Worlds||Alternative Selection Method||1st French||Finals||Prelims||2nd French||Finals||Prelims||French QT (in prelims)||FINA A||FINA B||Δ% FFN / FINA|
|50 free||none||Clément Mignon||Clément Mignon||21.93||22.06||Maxime Grousset||22.21||22.47||22.05||22.18||22.96||-0.59%|
|100 free||Mehdy Metella*, Clément Mignon||Mehdy Metella, Clément Mignon||Mehdy Metella||48.27||48.58||Clément Mignon||48.54||48.49||48.73||48.80||50.51||-0.14%|
|200 free||none||Jordan Pothain||Jordan Pothain||1:47.33||1:48.15||Roman Fuchs||1:48.63||1:48.89||1:47.11||1:47.40||1:51.16||-0.27%|
|400 free||none||David Aubry||David Aubry||3:47.06||3:50.59||Joris Bouchaut||3:49.23||3:51.05||3:47.05||3:48.15||3:56.14||-0.48%|
|800 free||none||David Aubry, Marc-Antoine Olivier||David Aubry||7:46.30||7:51.82||Marc-Antoine Olivier||7:53.12||8:00.07||7:51.06||7:54.31||8:10.91||-0.69%|
|1500 free||David Aubry, Damien Joly||David Aubry, Damien Joly||David Aubry||14:57.56||14:54.42||Damien Joly||14:58.15||14:56.96||14:59.18||15:07.38||15:39.14||-0.90%|
|50 back||Jérémy Stravius||Jérémy Stravius||Jérémy Stravius||24.92||24.65||Stanislaus Huille||25.33||25.51||24.89||25.17||26.05||-1.11%|
|100 back||none||none||Yohann Ndoye Brouard||54.50||54.24||Stanislaus Huille||54.67||54.62||54.06||54.06||55.95||0.00%|
|200 back||none||none||Geoffroy Mathieu||1:58.86||1:58.95||Antoine Herlem||2:00.62||2:02.31||1:58.00||1:58.34||2:02.48||-0.29%|
|50 breast||none||none||Théo Bussière||27.62||27.85||Clément Mignon||28.05||27.93||27.08||27.39||28.35||-1.13%|
|100 breast||none||none||Théo Bussière||1:00.31||1:00.70||Antoine Viquerat||1:01.38||1:01.16||59.90||59.95||1:02.05||-0.08%|
|200 breast||none||none||Antoine Marc||2:12.08||2:13.30||Antoine Viquerat||2:12.52||2:12.74||2:10.41||2:11.00||2:15.59||-0.45%|
|50 fly||none||Mehdy Metella, Jérémy Stravius||Mehdy Metella||23.56||23.59||Jérémy Stravius||23.58||23.81||23.30||23.66||24.49||-1.52%|
|100 fly||Mehdy Metella*||Mehdy Metella||Mehdy Metella||50.58||51.51||Jérémy Stravius||52.05||52.00||51.81||51.96||53.78||-0.29%|
|200 fly||none||none||Léon Marchand||1:58.60||1:59.98||Matthias Marsau||1:59.20||1:59.70||1:56.43||1:56.71||2:00.80||-0.24%|
|200 IM||none||none||Samy Helmbacher||2:00.38||2:00.63||Clément Bidard||2:00.90||2:02.24||1:59.65||2:00.22||2:04.43||-0.47%|
|400 IM||none||none||Samy Helmbacher||4:18.17||4:17.78||Antoine Marc||4:18.43||4:21.27||4:16.10||4:17.90||4:26.93||-0.70%|
|4×100 free||Clément Mignon, Mehdy Metella, Tom Paco Pedroni, Jérémy Stravius, Maxime Grousset||Clément Mignon, Mehdy Metella, Tom Paco Pedroni, Jérémy Stravius, Maxime Grousset||Top 4 finishers||3:14.33||3:14.30||3:15.52|
|4×100 medley||none||Yohann Ndoye Brouard, Théo Bussière, Mehdy Metella, Clément Mignon||Top 4 finishers||3:34.05||3:34.94||3:34.09|
*pre-qualified for the event at 2018 European Championships.