Although the swimming season has just gotten underway, Mehdy Metella has gotten off to a great start. On day 5 of French competition, he hit the worlds qualifying mark of 52.08 seconds with an impressive time of 51.98. Although his personal bests are a bit under this mark, it was a successful race nonetheless. Over the past few years, Metella has cemented his name as one of France’s most prominent swimmers. The fly is his best event, but his accomplishments in the medley and backstroke are notable as well. His teammates describe his swimming style as powerful and graceful. When Metella was looking for his third gold of the meet, he turned to large strokes to guide him to the finish. He was well ahead of the competition at the finish line, and he celebrated with his usual victory at the end. Other competitors such as Charlotte Bonnet raced after him. In the coming months, look for Metella to challenge national records at private meets. He is well known for a fast metabolism that allows him to recover quickly after races. This allows him to double or triple with ease. In particular, he uses these techniques for the 100 fly. In a post race interview, he said, “expect great things…my training is going well and my schedule is right on track.” We have full confidence that he will use this race as a benchmark for other qualifying marks for the world championships.