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Former Auburn University swimming standout, Cesar Cielo, shattered Eamon Sullivan’s official world record time of 47.05 to become just the second man in history to break the 47-second barrier. Cielo completed the 100m freestyle in 46.91 after finishing the final 50m with a 24.74 split. His time surpassed Alain Bernard’s recorded time of 46.94 at the 2009 French Trials.
Cielo’s teamate, Fred Bousquet, finished the 100m in 3rd place with a time of 47.25. Bousquet is the current world record holder in the 50m freestyle with a time of 20.94. Cielo & Bousquet are both featured demonstrators in Richard Quick’s Faster Fast Sprint Freestyle Series. The DVD series was produced by Brett Hawke and Richard Quick.
Auburn coach Richard Quick, a legendary college swimming coach whose long career included NCAA championships and the Olympics, passed away at age 66. Quick was a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and his 13 NCAA team titles are the most ever by a head coach. Quick’s coaching career included stints as Auburn, Stanford, Texas, Iowa State, and SMU. He was also the United States’ Olympic head coach in 1998, 1996, and 2000. Quick was a great friend of Championship Productions and authored three incredible series with us – Championship Winning Swimming, Becoming a Champion Swimmer, and Richard Quick’s Faster Fast Freestyle Series. We have enjoyed working with Quick and his death will leave a large void within the swimming community.