Qualifies for European Championships in August
First male swimmer to double in the 100 and 200 since 1995
Joao De Lucca is seeded third in the 100 free.
Cards are in 12th after second day
Joao De Lucca looking to defend his national crown in last year's 200-free
Red Shirt: Thomas Dahlia red shirted this past year but competed in the French Nationals, and the Charlotte UltraSwim. At French Nationals Dahlia was selected to represent France in Russia at the World University Games in July. Dahlia had breakthrough swims in the 100-breaststroke in a time of 1:02.25 for 2nd, and the 200-breaststroke for 3rd in 2:14.40. At the Charlotte UltraSwim Dahlia swam the 50-breaststroke in a prelim time of 29.55. Dahlia swam the 100-breaststroke for 12th just off his 1:03.93 prelim swim. His best finish at the UltraSwim was 5th in the 200-breaststroke in 2:16.30 where he was the fastest Cardinal in the event.
Prep: Thomas comes to U of L from Noumea, New Caledonia where swam last for Skema. In the French Championships, Thomas placed 3rd in 100-breast and 2nd in 200-breast. He qualified for the French Olympic trials and medalled at the 2012 Oceania Swimming Championships as well as the 2011 Pacific Games. His best times in the short course are (59:90) in 100-breast and (2:09:95) in 200-breast. In the long course his best times are (1:02:24) in 100-breast and (2:13:83) in 200-breast. He attended Lycee Les Feuillants and swam for CNC, ONN and CN Antibes for club.
Personal: Son of Jean-Paul and Maryvonne Dahlia. Born March 7, 1990.