Grousset, Tomac, Bonnet and Fontaine secure further French SC Nationals wins

Bonnet claimed four medals at the Roma 2022 Europeans – LEN / Simone Castrovillari

Charlotte Bonnet continued her impressive start to the French Swimming National Short Course Championships with a third victory in two days and a new 100m breaststroke national record.

The 18-time European medallist, who won the 50m breaststroke and 200m individual medley titles on day one, powered to victory in one minute 5.03 seconds.

In October she broke the 13-year-old record of Sophie de Ronchi (1:05.43), by shaving 0.14 seconds off that mark. Her latest time lowered the record by a further 0.26 seconds.

Melanie Henique ahead of the 50m Butterfly final – Photo Stephane Kempinaire / KMSP

World (long course) silver medallist Melanie Henique was another stand-out performer on the second day in Chartres, with victory in the 50m butterfly final.

The 29-year-old touched in 25.26 to edge out Marie Wattel (25.92), with Maty Ndoye Brouard (26.26) third.

“I haven’t been able to train much because of a tear in my shoulder which happened at the beginning of October but we are adapting,” Henique said after the race.

The event represents the final opportunity for swimmers to put themselves into consideration for the Fina World Short Course Championships in Melbourne, Australia, in December.

Maxime Grousset added the 50m freestyle title to his 100m individual medley success on day one by edged a fascinating battle with London 2012 Olympic champion Florent Manaudou. Grousset touched in 21.03 seconds, with Manaudou second in 21.15.

Logan Fontaine claimed three open water medals at Roma 2022 – Simone Castrovillari / LEN

Distance specialist Logan Fontaine added the 800m crown to his 400m gold 24 hours earlier while Mewen Tomac again bettered rival Yohann Ndoye Brouard by following up his 200m title with victory in the 100m.

“I’m still in full preparation (for the Fina World Short Course Championships in December), but I’m doing better than in Berlin (Fina Swimming World Cup last month), stated 200m European champion Ndoye Brouard after the race.

“I missed my turn at the 50m and touched with only my toes. Fortunately, I finished a little better but I will be stronger for the Worlds in Melbourne.”

There were also gold medals for Lucile Tessariol (200m freestyle), Antoine Viquerat (200m breaststroke), Cyrielle Duhamel (400m individual medley) and Tom Remy (200m butterfly).

Cyrielle Duhamel (FRA) competes in the 400m IM – Photo Stephane Kempinaire / KMSP