Fred Bousquet Sets New Meet Record On Way To Second Gold Medal At The Charlotte UltraSwim; Junior Maggie Bird Earns Third Top-Five Finish

AUBURN, Alabama, May 17. WORLD record holder Fred Bousquet claimed gold for the second time in as many days at the 2009 Charlotte UltraSwim. The former Auburn sprinter hit a new meet record time of 48.22 in Sunday evening's 100-meter freestyle finals, beating out runner-up Michael Phelps (49.04) by over eight-tenths of a second. The Perpignan, France native set the new US Open record for his performance in Saturday's 50m free competition.

Bousquet recently became the first man in history to swim the 50m free in under 21 seconds, dropping a 20.94 in last month's French nationals.

Also competing on day four of the USA Swimming Grand Prix event were seven current and three former Auburn swimmers. Junior Maggie Bird earned her third top-five finish of the UltraSwim, placing fourth in the women's 1,500m free finals, hitting the wall in 16:51.73. Sophomore Micah Martindale placed sixth behind Bird, swimming 17.00.60.

Junior Tyler McGill placed fourth in the 100m free, clocking in at 49.93, followed by former Tigers Bryan Lundquist (50.91) and George Bovell (49.54) in eighth and ninth, respectively. Sophomore Cailtin Geary (56.20) also placed ninth in the women's 100 free.

Freshman Stephanie Horner, who claimed gold in Saturday's 400m medley relay finals, placed eighth in 200m IM, hitting the pad in 2:19.48. Former Tiger Eric Shanteau (2:01.33) placed third on the men's side after winning both the 100m and 200m breaststroke finals earlier in UltraSwim competition.

Freshman Max Murphy finished sixth in the men's 200m back finals, timing in at 2:03.09. Sophomore Erica Meissner (2:15.25) and Bird (2:16.06) placed ninth and 10th in the women's 200m back.

The Charlotte UltraSwim was held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center in Charlotte, N.C., from May 14-17. All events except the 800 and 1500 Freestyles were conducted on a preliminaries and finals basis. Complete results can be accessed via www.CharlotteUltraSwim.com.

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