Florent Manaudou kicked off the A finals on the first night of competition at the French Short Course National Championships in Dijon with a bang setting a new meet record in the 50 freestyle posting a time of 20.79. With that time Manaudou now holds down the second spot in the world rankings behind Vlad Morozov who recorded a 20.59 in Moscow. Manaudou’s time is also only nine one-hundredths of a second away from his lifetime best of 20.70 which he swam at the European Short Course Championships last year in Chartres.
Sahnoune Oussama of Algeria finished second in a time of 21.66 breaking the Algerian national record of 21.77 set by Nabil Kebbab in 2008.
Jeremy Stravius had an outstanding performance to take the men’s 100 butterfly in a new national record of 50.06. Stravius beat Frederick Bousquet 2008 record of 50.48. The time also destroys his lifetime best of 51.40, which he posted earlier this year and currently ranks sixth in the world.
Charlotte Bonnet won the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:08.65 putting her just outside the world’s top ten and well ahead of second place finisher Lara Grangeon who recorded a time of 2:10.93.
Bonnet also took the women’s 100 freestyle posting a time of 53.19. She was followed by Margaux Fabre who recorded a time of 54.04 and Camille Muffat who finished in a time of 54.06.
Muffat is still a long way away from her 2012 form as she is almost a second and a half slower than the 52.73 she put up at this competition last year.
Giacomo Perez Dortona took the men’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 59.36. This was one of the night’s closest races with 16 year old Jean Dencausse finishing second in a time of 59.89 followed closely by Andrea Bolognesi who posted a time of 59.90.
Dencausse’s time breaks both his own 16 and 17 year old national records of 1:00.38 which he set in the prelims.
Sharon Van Rouwedaal of the Netherlands won the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:09.59. She was followed by 17 year old Marie Wattel who broke the national age group record posting a time of 2:09.66.
Raphael Stacchiotti of Luxembourg took the men’s 200 IM in a time of 1:57.38 followed by Ganesh Pedurand who touched in a time of 1:57.57.
The top two times were not overly impressive, but further down the results saw some very good swims by the two youngest athletes in the final as Guillaume Laure broke the 17 year old national record posting a time of 2:01.12 while 16 year old Theo Berry broke the 16 year old record finishing in a time of 2:02.63.
French 200 backstroke national record holder Ben Stasiulis took the 200 backstroke easily winning the event in a time of 1:53.23 almost four seconds fast then the second place finisher Nathan Bonnel who posted a time of 1:57.13.
Belgian swimmer Fanny Lecluyse won the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 31.27 followed by Solene Gallego who recorded a 31.39 and Carmella Kitching who posted a 31.77.
Ahmed Mathlouthi of Tunisia took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:44.25. He was followed closely by Anthony Pannier who finished second in a time of 3:44.92.
Alice Boutant won the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.87 followed by Charlotte Blanc who posted a 1:02.92.
There were also several French age group records set in the B and C finals which include:
Women’s 50 breaststroke – Nolwenn Herve – 14 year old – 33.01
Men’s 100 butterfly – Guillaume Garzotto – 16 year old – 55.36
Men’s 100 breaststroke – Theo Charrade – 15 year old – 1:03.55
Women’s 200 butterfly – Camille Wishaupt – 15 year old – 2:13.79
Men’s 200 IM – Tanguy Lesparre – 14 year old – 2:06.62
Full results can be found here