Charlotte Bonnet Adds Another Event For European Championships at French Nationals

Jul 29, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) prepares to dive off the starting blocks in a warm up session during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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On the third evening of the 2018 French Nationals in Saint Raphael, Charlotte Bonnet as well as David AubryDamien JolyStanislas HuillePaul-Gabriel BedelMaxence OrangeMarie Wattel and Margaux Fabre picked up the necessary qualifying times for the European Championships at the end of the summer.

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

  • David Aubry, 400 free, 1500
  • Paul-Gabriel Bedel, 100 back
  • Theo Bussiere, 100 breast
  • Roman Fuchs400 free
  • Stanislas Huille100 back
  • Damien Joly, 1500
  • Mehdy Metella100 free
  • Maxence Orange, 100 back
  • Nans Roch, 200 fly
  • Jeremy Stravius, 50 back, 100 free


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

Men’s 1500 Free

Qualifying standard: 15:07.71

  • David Aubry, 15:01.85
  • Damien Joly, 15:03.61
  • Logan Fontaine, 15:13.41
  • Paul Beaugrand, 15:26.21

Aubry and Joly were both under the European Championships qualification in the heats (15:07.71) as both guys went 15:03 in the heats. Aubry went just a little bit faster and dipped down to a 15:01 as Joly stayed at a 15:03. Joly was a little off his French record of 14:48.90 from the heats of the 2016 Olympics, but he will have another chance at the European Championships in Glasgow.

Women’s 200 Fly

Qualifying standard: 2:11.85

  • Lara Grangeon, 2:12.53
  • Sharon Van Rouwendaal, NED, 2:12.77
  • Juliette Marchand, 2:16.36
  • Camille Wishaupt, 2:18.36

Grangeon was a 2:12 in the heats and in the finals and missed the qualifying standard of 2:11. Grangeon is already on the European Championships team in the 400 IM so her 200 fly miss is not the end of the world. Grangeon had a good race with Dutch national teamer Sharon Van Rouwendaal who is swimming at the French Championships because she trains in Montpellier.

Men’s 100 Back

Qualifying standard: 54.86

  • Stanislas Huille, 54.39
  • Paul-Gabriel Bedel, 54.45
  • Maxence Orange, 54.48
  • Geoffroy Mathieu, 55.93

All top three finishers in the men’s 100 back were under the 54.86 standard in the heats and again in the finals, allowing Stanislas HuillePaul-Gabriel Bedel and Maxence Orange to punch their tickets to the European Championships. The coaches will have a lot of fun trying to pick their lead off for the 4×100 medley relay in Glasgow as France is still looking for their backstroker after the retirement of World Champion Camille Lacourt.

Women’s 200 Free

Qualifying standard: 2:00.06

  • Charlotte Bonnet, 1:55.53
  • Marie Wattel, 1:58.18
  • Margaux Fabre, 1:58.47
  • Alizee Morel, 2:00.45

Charlotte Bonnet swam a very impressive 1:55.53 in the 200 free final as she was well under the qualifying standard. She was a little off of the 1:54.66 French Record held by the late Camille Muffat from 2012. Bonnet will be joined in Glasgow by Marie Wattel and Margaux Fabre as those two were under 2:00.06 in the heats and in the finals. France is one person shy of completing a 4×200 free relay but will probably find someone by the end of the summer for Europeans.

Men’s 200 Breast

Qualifying standard: 2:12.75

  • Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 2:12.30
  • Thomas Boursac, 2:13.78
  • Antoine Marc, 2:13.93
  • Antoine Viquerat, 2:14.03

Swiss swimmer Jeremy Desplanches who is based in Nice, swam a 2:12.30 to win the 200 breast final. The highest placing French swimmer Thomas Boursac who was a 2:13.78, a little off the 2:12.75 required standard. Boursac was a 2:13.52 in the heats so he would not have qualified for Europeans.