NANCY, France, March 14. THE final day of swimming at the French International Meet held in Nancy produced some more world-class times.
Fred Bousquet turned in the top time in the world this year in the men's 50 fly with a time of 23.71. That performance beat the previous top time of 23.81 clocked by Jason Dunford in January. Spain's Rafael Munoz Perez finished second in 24.26, while Francois Heersbrandt took third in 24.37. Bousquet then doubled up with a 50.30 to win the men's 100 free. It took Yannick Agnel scratching finals for Bousquet to make the finale after qualifying ninth in 52.64. Agnel clocked a 49.55 to lead qualifying. Mehdy Metella (50.79) and Konstantinos Siokos (51.36) finished second and third.
Another finals scratch occurred in the women's 200 IM. Camille Muffat led qualifying with a sterling 2:11.67. That time stands as the second-fastest in the world this year, behind Ariana Kukors' 2:10.34 at the Austin Grand Prix. Muffat elected to scratch, leaving the door open in finals. Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia cruised to victory in finals with a 2:15.34. De Ronchi grabbed her second podium with a 2:17.38, while Roxane Desfontaines took third in 2:21.95.
Huques Duboscq and Spain's Melquiades Alvarez Caraballo clocked times of 2:13.05 and 2:13.33 to lead the men's 200 breast. Those times put the two into the top 10 in the world this year. Julien Nicolardot placed third in 2:19.61.
The Netherlands' Inge Dekker won the women's 50 fly in 26.66, while Melanie Henique took second in 26.93. Diane Bui Duyet tied Aurore Mongel tied for third with matching 27.41s. Dekker doubled up with a 55.69 to win the women's 100 free. Mongel (56.05) and Elodie Schmitt (56.80) placed second and third. Dekker had already posted a 55.56 during prelims.
Coralie Balmy beat Sophie De Ronchi, 2:31.30 to 2:31.94, in the women's 200 breast. Fanny Babou snagged third in 2:35.15. Spain's Alan Cabello Forns won the men's 200 IM in 2:05.78, while Tunisia's Taki M'Rabet placed second in 2:06.71. Thomas Vilaceca turned in a third-place 2:07.58.
Greece's Stella Boumi topped the women's 200 back in 2:14.03, while Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne took second in 2:15.22. Chloe Trouilhet claimed third in 2:21.46. Jeremy Stravius captured the men's 200 back in 2:01.93. Alexis Cabrol took second in 2:04.96, while Clement Becq placed third in 2:05.42.
Job Kienhuis won the men's 1500 free in 15:38.49, while Nicolas Rostoucher placed second in 15:51.81. Xavier Lepretre turned in a 15:57.35 for third place.