Santamans Clocks World’s #12 50 Free in Day 1 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
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  • Results

International veterans Jérémy Stravius and Mehdy Metella race to the top 2 spots in the men’s 50 fly, as the swimmers were separate by hundredths. Stravius was the fastest man of the morning, touching the wall in 23.68 to land just outside the World’s top 20 this year. Metella, who currently ranks #12 in the world, was just off his season best this morning with a 23.77.

Though she’s better known internationally for her freestyle talents, Charlotte Bonnet showed off her breaststroke skills on day 1. Bonnet led prelims of the 100 breast, clocking in at 1:09.89 to post the only sub-1:10 time of the morning. Not far behind, however, was Solene Gallego, who posted a 1:10.07 to land 2nd seed for the final.

Sprint standout Anna Santamans blasted the only sub-25 of the morning in the 50 free. Santamans cranked out a 24.93, which now ties her at #12 in the world with Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro. Behind her, fellow sprint star Melanie Henique was just over a tenth shy of her lifetime best 25.11, as she touched in 25.26.

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Start of the main finals’ session every day at around 6.15 PM local time/12.15 PM EST in USA except Sunday at 5.45 PM local time/11.45 AM EST in USA.




Pothain with a narrow win from Boucault and Joly in the 400m. Winning time 3:50:06, a long way off the QT, was expecting a bit more tbh. He still has a chance in the 200 free, and could conceivably nab a relay spot in the 4×100 free (not sure the 4×200 will qualify).




Geofroy Mathieu is the first swimmer to book his place in Budapest with a 1:57:0 in the 200 back. His entry time is a 1:59-high, so that’s a massive breakout swim from him. Good stuff!


Mehtella and Stravius both some way off the QT in the 50 fly, though they have other, better chances later on. Santamans does qualify in the 50 free, well done her! No such joy for Lesaffre in the 400im or 100br, unsurprisingly.

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