Mathilde Cini, Fanny Deberghes Pick Up Second Events For European Championships at French Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

The fourth day of action from the French National Championships in Saint Raphael featured five total finals. Fantine Lesaffre, Fanny DeberghesMathilde CiniJordan Pothain, Roman Fuchs and Jonathan Atsu all put up qualifying times for the European Championships at the end of the summer.

This meet is serving as qualification for the European Championships in Glasgow in August. In order to qualify, the swimmers will have to go under the qualifying standard in the heats and finish in the top four in finals.

Here is a list of who is qualified already for European Championships for the French team:


  • Jonathan Atsu200 free
  • David Aubry, 400 free, 1500
  • Paul-Gabriel Bedel, 100 back
  • Theo Bussiere, 100 breast
  • Roman Fuchs400 free, 200 free
  • Stanislas Huille100 back
  • Damien Joly, 1500
  • Mehdy Metella100 free
  • Maxence Orange, 100 back
  • Jordan Pothain200 free
  • Nans Roch, 200 fly
  • Jeremy Stravius50 back, 100 free


  • Charlotte Bonnet, 50 free, 200 free
  • Mathilde Cini50 back, 100 back
  • Fanny Deberghes100 breast, 200 breast
  • Cyrielle Duhamel, 400 IM
  • Margaux Fabre, 200 free
  • Beryl Gastaldello50 back
  • Lara Grangeon, 400 IM
  • Fantine Lesaffre, 200 breast
  • Anouchka Martin50 free
  • Marie Wattel, 100 fly, 200 free

Men’s 400 IM

Qualifying standard: 4:19.82

  • Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 4:13.94
  • Samy Helmbacher, 4:20.70
  • Mathis Castera, 4:22.26
  • Antoine Marc, 4:23.47

Swiss native Jeremy Desplanches, who trains in Nice, won the 400 IM final with a very quick 4:13.94 to just miss his own Swiss record of 4:13.11 he set at French nationals a year ago. He was well ahead of the highest finishing French swimmer, Samy Helmbacher, who missed the European Championships qualifying standard of 4:19.82. Helmbacher only got down to a 4:20.70 after he swam a 4:21 in the heats.

Women’s 200 Breast

Qualifying standard: 2:28.59

  • Fantine Lesaffre, 2:26.76, 2:28.16 (h)
  • Fanny Deberghes, 2:27.09, 2:28.02 (h)
  • Camille Dauba, 2:30.15
  • Laura Paquit, 2:30.36

Fanny Deberghes picked up her second event for European Championships after she won the 100 breast on Wednesday. Deberghes was second in the 200 breast behind Fantine Lesaffre as both women were under the 2:28.59 qualifying times in the heats and again in the finals. Deberghes was a 2:28.02 and Lesaffre was a 2:28.16 in the heats as both swimmers qualified for Glasgow with those times.

Lesaffre was a little off of the French record of 2:25.19 held by Sophie de Ronchi from 2009.

Men’s 50 Fly

Qualifying standard: 23.60

  • Mehdy Metella, 23.63
  • Maxime Grousset, 23.64
  • Julien Henx, 23.96
  • Pierre Henry Arrenous, 24.09

French swimming veteran Mehdy Metella won the 50 fly final but missed the qualification time of 23.60 in the heats as Metella only managed a 23.81 in the heats. Metella was actually second in the heats behind Maxime Grousset (23.75). Neither swimmer qualified for European Championships but Metella has already qualified in the 100 free.

Women’s 100 Back

Qualifying standard: 1:01.44

  • Mathilde Cini, 1:00.45 (59.98, h)
  • Valeriya Egorova, RUS, 1:01.77
  • Louise Lefebvre, 1:01.97
  • Camille Gheorgiu, 1:02.15

23-year-old Mathilde Cini won the 100 back final with a 1:00.45 as she qualified for the European Championships in the event. This is Cini’s second event for Glasgow after she was second in the 50 back on Wednesday behind Texas A&M postgrad Beryl Gastaldello. Cini actually dipped under a minute in the heats with a 59.98 to get well under the qualification time.

Cini just narrowly missed the French Record in the 100 back that is a 59.50 by Laure Manaudou from the 2007 Worlds.

Men’s 200 Free

Qualifying standard: 1:48.29

  • Alexandre Derache, 1:48.35
  • Jordan Pothain, 1:48.76, 1:47.97 (h)
  • Roman Fuchs, 1:49.00, 1:48.26 (h)
  • Jonathan Atsu, 1:49.06, 1:47.48 (h)

Alexandre Derache won the 200 free final on Friday night in Saint Raphael but did not go fast enough in the finals. Derache was only a 1:48.58 in the heats as he did not go fast enough to go under the 1:48.29 required to make it to the European Championships.

Three swimmers Jonathan Atsu (1:47.48), Jordan Pothain (1:47.97) and Roman Fuchs (1:48.26) were under the qualifying standard in the heats and finished in the top four at finals so all three of those guys will swim the 200 free for Team France at the European Championships.

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