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Guyanese swimmer Analia Pigrée, spearhead of the French team

During the first competition of the season, Guyanese swimmer Analia Pigrée won 6 podiums during the harvest meeting this weekend in Canet-en-Roussillon. The 20-year-old is selected for the French team for the European Short Course Championships in Russia.

The new rising star of French swimming is called Analia Pigrée. A young woman of 20, smiling, bubbly and very determined. Since 2016, Analia has made the choice of the high level and she left Guyana for the Eastern Pyrenees: at the end of her casting, the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. She joined the Canet 66 club in Rousillon where she train for 5 hours a day.

“Five hours a day in a pool, that stings a bit! With weight training on top of that. Swimming takes a lot out of me. Besides, sometimes I can’t go to class. There are a lot of sacrifices to be made, especially in level sociability. I made this choice there and I assume it entirely.”

A decision that is bearing fruit this year: a gold medal at the European Championships in the 50m backstroke, the title of French champion in the 50m backstroke, two finals for her first participation in the World Cup in short course Berlin…

Last weekend, Analia flew effortlessly over the first regional competition of the season organized at the aquatic center of Canet en Roussillon, the Meeting des Vendanges.

6 podiums in 2 days

At home, Analia, who has a predilection for the backstroke, practiced all the strokes over short distances. This time, she does not get a new personal best performance, but she confirms her status as champion.

  • 50m butterfly: 27”51′
  • 100m freestyle: 57”96′
  • 50m backstroke: 28”56′
  • 100m butterfly: 1min 02” 66’s
  • 100m backstroke: 1min 1” 19′
  • 50m freestyle: 26” 23′

To deserve these results, every day, you have to chain the lengths, subject yourself to intensive training with your trainer Philippe Schweitzer from the Font-Romeu National Training Center, assisted by your referent trainer at Canet 66, Cyrille Gualbert.

“Both of them always talk about my preparation and my sporting results. Every day, during training, there is the warm-up, the series, the recovery. It changes every time, there is no intense series every day. Fortunately. On Saturday, after training, we really need the weekend to recover”.

Especially since Analia is starting her 3rd university year with a STAPS license (sciences and techniques of physical and sports activities). After studying and swimming, it’s not easy to find time to have the social life of a young woman of her age.

“Fortunately, we meet a lot in the pools. And then during competitions, there is always someone outside the club group and that’s better.”

In a few days, Analia Pigrée will fly to the European Short Course Championships in Kazan, Russia, from November 2 to 7. A meeting eagerly awaited by the champion.

Selected once again for the French team, Analia Pigrée is eager to rub shoulders with the best swimmers in the world.

Especially since taking the start alongside the big names in world swimming, such as the five-time Australian Olympic champion, Emma McKeon, an exercise that does not impress Analia: she is already planning towards the Paris Olympic Games.

“Under the spotlight, it’s complicated to always stay at the top level. But I’m working to go to the Olympics and I’ll go, in 2024, I’ll go!”

This year, Analia is no longer the only Guyanese swimmer to stand out in the pools of Occitania. In September, Alexandre Falette, barely 16, joined the Sports Excellence Center at the Pierre de Coubertin high school in Font-Romeu.

This weekend, the young boy made his first outing: he finished 6th in the 400m freestyle in 4 minutes 27 seconds and 44 hundredths. Analia PIigrée played the role of godmother, she followed the young boy’s first races with interest, and exchanged enlightened comments with Lionel Barnades, Alexandre’s coach.

Analia Pigrée is confident for the future of Alexandre Falette who has just joined the Pôle d’Excellence Sportive de Font-Romeu.

For the next three weeks, Analia has a busy training schedule. Specific race work, especially on the start. In Russia, Analia Pigrée hopes to repeat her exploits in Berlin, show other swimmers what she is capable of and achieve a new personal best.

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