It was a busy weekend for Luxembourg's swimmers with the eight-strong junior selection competing in the Belgian Short Course Championships in Ghent and some of the younger swimmers participating in the Trophée de l'Avenir in Redange.
For their part, the junior selection returned from the Belgian Short Course Championships, held on 9-10 November 2019 in Ghent, with 20 best times, five age-group records and eight final places under their belt.
Lou Jominet set new records in the 14-year-olds age group over the long freestyle routes: over 400m she finished fourth in 04:21.70 minutes in the final and she finished again fourth in 08:56.55 over twice the distance. In the same age group. Lena Peters set a new record in fourth place over the 200m butterfly in 02:19.93. Also over the 200m butterfly, Joao Carnerio improved the record for the 16-year-olds to 2:03.37 and finished third in the final. Over 400m, he improved his best time by almost eight seconds to 04:26,66.
Similarly, Rémi Fabiani broke the two-minute mark for the first time over the 200m backstroke with a time of 01:58.81, thus setting a new record for the 18-year-olds age group and winnning the bronze medal. In the final over the 100m backstroke, he finished in 55.47 in fifth place, whilst in the 400m freestyle he finished in 04:00.15. Yann Van Den Bossche took third place with a best time of 28.97 over the 50m breaststroke. Over the 200m breaststroke, the 18-year-old finished in fifth place in 02:20.51 in the final. In the same race, Joao Carneiro finished seventh.
Meanwhile, Jacques Schmitz set a new personal best over the 1500m freestyle with a time of 16:25.79, an improvement of 45 seconds. Similarly, Ralph Daleiden Ciuferri improved his best time over the 200m butterfly from 02:16.72 to 02:12.83 and finished in 15th place. Finally, Bob Sauber set a new personal best over the 400m freestyle in 04:11.93.
Sunday also saw Luxembourg's most hopeful young swimmers compete in the first part of the Avenir competitions in Redange. Girls and boys aged 8-12 participated in seven relay and two individual races over the 50m back and 100m medley positions, with 150 athletes from eight Luxembourg clubs registering for 147 individual and 92 relay races.
In the "Poussins" category, the first team of Swimming Luxembourg (05:58.2) placed first, ahead of the team from Differdange (06:22.2) and the second team of Swimming Luxembourg (06:23.9). The first team of Swimming Luxembourg (07:40.4) also won ahead of the first team of Swimming Club "le Dauphin" Ettelbrück (08:01.2) and the second team of Swimming Luxembourg (08:04.4).
Moreover, Swimming Luxembourg's first team secured the Coupe de l'Avenir over the 10x25m freestyle, with a time of 02.43.03. Swimming Luxembourg's Mira Pavelek also won the single 50m backstroke race (44.08) in the "Poussins" category, with the remaining places being taken by club colleagues Leni Leonard (45.30) and Emma Barthel (45.35). In the boys category, Inaki Reinesch from Differdange won (40.67), just ahead of Stafano Valentini from Mondercange (41.03) and Alexander Kidd from Swimming Luxembourg (42.06).
In the 100m positions in the girls' "Pupilles" category, Amelie Scholer from Swimming Luxembourg came first (01:17.64), followed by Joyce Bleses (01:18.36) and Nina Hric (01:19.90). The winner of the boys category was Albert Chaussard (01:13.82), followed by Anton Fedoseev (01:13.90) and Louis Eschette (01:20.35).