Medhy Metella CN MARSEILLE was the top performer from the CARIFTA region at the recently held French Short Course swimming championships held in Angers from Nov 19 to 22.
Metella was at the top of the podium in three events. He won the 100 metre butterfly in 50.86 that ranks as the 3rd fastest time in the world. The 100 metre freestyle in 46.89 a time places him as the fastest in the world and the 50 metre butterfly in 22.90, the 2nd fastest time in the world. He also had strong performances in the 200 metre freestyle finishing 4th in 1:44.36 which places him 6th on the global charts and 6th in the 50 metre freestyle in 21.96
Metella won Gold 400 freestyle relay, Silver 200 medley relay and Bronze 400 medley at the 2014 World Short Course Swimming championships.
Joris Bouchat DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC won a full slate of medals in the longer freestyle events. Bouchat struck Gold in the 800 metre freestyle in 7:39.38 for the fastest time in the world for the 2015-2016 season. He then took the Silver in 1500 metre freestyle in 14:35.08 which is the 4th fastest time in the world .His Bronze was earned in the 400 metre freestyle as he clocked 3:43.18 which is the 7th fastest global mark. In an off event he placed 35th in the 100 metre butterfly in 56.23.
Bouchat owns the CARIFTA 15-17 records in the 1500 metre freestyle 15:45.02 and 400 metre freestyle 3:59.79 .Both records were set at the 2012 Championships in Nassau Bahamas
Coralie Balmy MONTPELLIER 3MUC NATATION was the next best placed swimmer from the region .She took the 400 metre freestyle in 3:59.57 that is the fastest time in the world. Balmy was runner up in the 800 metre freestyle in 8:23.76. Balmy placed herself 7th in the world with that performance. Coralie was just off the podium in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:56.07 that puts her 11th in the world. She is the former world record holder in the 200 metre freestyle.
Medley specialist Ganesh Pedurand DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC won bronze in the 400 individual medley in 4:10.61. That performance places him 14th in the world. He was 4th in the 100 individual medley in 54.75 which places him 22nd in the world.
Nosy Pelagie EMS BRON had his highest placing of 5th in the 50 metre freestyle. He clocked 21.99. In the heats he had tied Metella with a clocking of 21.96 good for 21st in the world. He clocked 48.33 to finish 7th in the 100 metre freestyle .Pelagie won the B final of the 50 metre butterfly in 23.97
Lorys Bourelly DAUPHINS TOULOUSE OEC made a hat trick of B finals. He was 2nd in the B final of the 50 metre freestyle in 22.38. In the 100 metre freestyle B final he was 3rd in 48.94.He posted 3:51.48 to finish 8th in the B final of the 400 metre freestyle.
Dorian Pedro-Leal MEGAQUARIUS CLUB GUYANE was 3rd in the B final of the 100 metre butterfly in 54.16 and 28th in the 200 metre butterfly in 2:06.19.