MULHOUSE, France, January 18. WHILE one French Cup is going on in Chamalieres, another is taking place in Mulhouse. Prelims took place during the first day of swimming.
Elodie Schmitt qualified first in the women's 50 free with a 26.49, just ahead of Melissia Delarbre (27.04, Camille Muffat (27.09) and Malaguie Delarbre (27.09). Then, on the other end of the spectrum, Madeleine Diguet topped the women's 800 free qualifying with the lone sub-9:00 time of 8:57.41. Finally, Cathy Dietrich touched in 17:12.68 to qualify first in the women's 1500 free.
In the women's 50 back, Alison Leger hit the wall in 30.68, while Margot Monmousseau placed second in 31.60. Meanwhile, Sophie De Ronchi earned the top spot in the women's 50 breast in 32.91.
Melanie Henique posted a 27.93 readout to lead the women's 50 fly over Muffat's 28.50 to complete women's competition.
Amaury Leveaux crushed the field in the men's 50 free with a 22.95, while Guillaume Strohmeyer also dominated the men's 800 free prelims with an 8:11.00. Additionally, hometown swimming Thibault Bayrac paced qualifying in the men's 1500 free with a 15:46.92.
Ben Stasiulis clocked the fastest men's 50 back time with a 26.77, while Malik Fall touched out Hugues Duboscq, 29.58 to 29.63, in the men's 50 breast.
Leveaux came back in the men's 50 fly to qualify first in 25.26 to close down first-day qualifying.