Fred Bousquet
Courtesy of: Bob Donnan - USA Today Sports
AUSTIN, Texas, January 16. THIS weekend's Arena Grand Prix meet will feature lots of Olympic champions racing in the first long course meet of the series. Austin's meet has always been an exciting place to watch some of the best postgrads race during the college season, but no meet was as thrilling as the first edition in 2009.

Austin is no stranger to fast swims, but when it began hosting a stop on the Grand Prix circuit in 2009, it brought a lot of expectations. The swimming community was in the middle of the techsuit era, and records were falling with regularity. By the start of the Austin Grand Prix, seeing major records fall had not yet become a weekly thing, so seeing Fred Bousquet set a U.S. Open record of 21.44 in the final of the 50 freestyle was a bit of a shocker to the crowd.

Bousquet's swim was also a shocker because he had not made the Olympic team in the 50 free the year before. It was likely he wanted to show he was not to be dismissed, and that swim was the first of many profile accomplishments in 2009 for Bousquet.


Below is Swimming World's report on the swim, followed by video of the race as part of Throwback Thursday.

Auburn's Fred Bousquet set a U.S. Open record in the men's splash-and-dash with a sparkling time of 21.44. The swim scared Amaury Leveaux's French record of 21.38 set in April of last year. Auburn proved its sprint superiority by sweeping the podium as George Bovell clocked a 22.01 for second and Cesar Cielo placed third in 22.08. Both Bousquet and Bovell shined during yard prelims as Bousquet qualified in 18.75 and Bovell joined the 18 club with an 18.98.



Bousquet's time would last as the U.S. Open record for just four months. Cesar Cielo posted a 21.14 in July 2009.