April 24, 2009
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - Former Tiger Fred Bousquet upset current world record holder Alan Bernard in Friday's 100m free finals out of lane one at the French National Championships. The Perpignan, France native hit the wall with a new career-best time of 47.15 to take first by a mere .36 seconds.
Bernard set his world record time of 46.94 in Thursday's semis, becoming the first man to break the 47 second mark.
Bousquet claimed a place on the French National Team for his efforts and will represent his country at the 2009 World Championships in Rome. The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist placed fourth in his semifinal heat, touching in at 48.85.
Bousquet returned to Auburn prior to the 2008 Beijing Games to train under Auburn co-head men's coach Brett Hawke. Also training on the Auburn campus are fellow Olympians Cesar Cielo, Alexei Puninski and George Bovell. Hawke flew to France on Thursday.
Bousquet accumulated six NCAA and 15 SEC titles while swimming collegiately for the Tigers. The Perpignan, France native was the first man ever to swim the 50-yard freestyle in under 19 seconds.