Jeremy Desplanches Breaks Swiss Record in 400 IM at French SC Nationals


  • Thursday, December 12th – Sunday, December 15th
  • Piscine Jean Boin, Angers, France
  • SCM
  • Live Results

A new Swiss National Record from Jeremy Desplanches was the highlight of Saturday’s racing at the 2019 French Short Course Championships in Angers.

The 25-year old Desplanches, who trains with French club Olympic Nice Natation, swam a 4:03.71 to win the 400 IM by 6-and-a-half seconds on Saturday.

Desplanches’ old personal best, and Swiss Record, was a 4:04.89 set at last year’s edition of this meet.

Splits Comparison:

Old Record New Record
Fly – 55.61 Fly – 54.95
Back – 1:01.21 Back – 1:01.82
Breast – 1:09.46 Breast – 1:09.04
Free – 58.61 Free – 57.90
Total Time – 4:04.89 Total Time – 4:03.71

In total, he owns 8 Swiss Records individually: in long course, the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM; and in short course, the 200 fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

Among the French champions, Florent Manaudou picked up an individual title for the 2nd-straight night. After winning the 50 free (20.64) on Friday, he added a victory in the 50 fly on Saturday in a time of 22.44. That’s .02 seconds away from the time he swam at the European SC Championships last week.

Manaudou also led off the winning Marseille relay in the men’s 200 medley, splitting 23.40 on the backstroke leg. He combined with Theo Bussiere (25.99), Nicolas Vermorel (22.84), and Clement Mignon (21.59) to set a new Meet Record of 1:33.82.

That was one of 2 Meet Records for Bussiere in Saturday’s finals session. He also swam a 57.42 in the 100 breaststroke, which broke the French Championship Record in that event. That’s his best time by 4-tenths of a second, improving upon his 12th-place finishing time of 57.81 from last week’s European Championships.

The winning Marseille women’s medley relay also broke the Meet Record, swimming 1:48.70.

Other Day 3 Winners:

  • Fanny Deberghes won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:22.94, more than 2 seconds ahead of the field. Justine Delmas was 2nd in 2:25.26, which is a new French Age Record for 14-year olds.
  • Another foreign winner was Anna Egorova in the women’s 800 free, touching in 8:14.18. Egorova, who swims for Montpellier Metropole Natation, competes for Russia, as does that race’s runner-up Anastassia Kirpitchnikova (8:18.27).
  • Lara Grangeon, already an Olympic qualifier in the open water 10km swim, showed again that she’s still capable in the pool. After winning the 400 IM on Friday, she won the 200 IM on Saturday in 2:07.67, beating out another open water swimmer, Dutchwoman Sharon van Rouwendaal (2:07.73). This was Grangeon’s lifetime best by 7-tenths of a second. She also finished 2nd in the 800 free in an 8:25.
  • Marseille’s Lila Touili tied with Nautic Club Alp’38’s Valeriya Egorova, a Russian, for the win in the women’s 100 back in 59.07.
  • Jeremy Stravius from Olympic Nice won the men’s 200 free in 1:43.11. That’s a new lifetime best for him.
  • Marie Wattel, who has been on fire all week including a new French Record in the 100 free on Thursday, won the women’s 50 free on Friday in 24.21. Anna Santamans took 2nd in 24.31.

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