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Auburn teammates push each other to success at Missouri Grand Prix

By Caitlin Swieca
February 10, 2012 | 9:58 p.m. CST
Swimmers compete in the first heat of the men's 200 meter freestyle at the MU Aquatic Center during the first day of the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. MU's Eegan Groome won the heat with a time of 1:53.05 seconds.

As Tyler McGill and Frederick Bousquet stepped off the winner's podium at the Missouri Grand Prix, held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, there wasn't the sense of rivalry that might be expected between a gold and silver medalist.

In fact, the swimmers, who both donned the navy blue and burnt orange colors of Auburn University, said neither of them would have been there without each other.

Friday's results

Women's 200 meter freestyle

1. Samantha Cheverton 1:58.46

2. Julia Wilkinson 1:58.68

3. Barbara Jardin 1:58.91

Men's 200 meter freestyle

1. Blake Worsley 1:49.08

2. Darian Townsend 1:49.09

3. Ryan Cochrane 1:50.13

Women's 100 meter breaststroke

1. Jillian Tyler 1:09.05

2. Rissling, Tianna 1:09.27

3. Ashley McGregor 1:09.82

Men's 100 meter breaststroke

1. Felipe Lima 1:00.89

2. Eric Shanteau 1:01.11

3. Mark Gangloff 1:01.45

Women's 100 meter butterfly

1. Katerine Savard 58.23

2. Elaine Breeden 58.68

3. Christine Magnusen 58.85

Men's 100 meter butterfly

1. Tyler McGill 52.58

2. Frederick Bousquet 53.54

3. Thiago Pereira 53.66

Women's 400 meter individual medley

1. Alexa Komarnycky 4:41.66

2. Joanna Maranhao 4:42.49

3. Stephanie Horner 4:44.91

Men's 400 meter individual medley

1. Alec Page 4: 20.80

2. Andrew Ford 4:23.34

3. Esteban Enderica 4:24.12

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"A time like I did today, I never would have done that if Tyler wasn't here every day," Bousquet said. "He's pushing me all the way whenever I do butterfly sets with him."

The two Olympic hopefuls train together with Auburn Aquatics in Auburn, Ala. McGill won the 100-meter butterfly Friday with a time of 52.58 seconds, beating out Bousquet, who finished in 53.54 seconds. 

McGill, one of the premier American competitors in the event, said he wasn't looking for bragging rights over his teammate.

"It doesn't mean anything extra special to beat Fred," he said. "There's a certain comfort level knowing your teammate's right next to you."

While the two are teammates now, they hope to be competitors in August in the London Olympics. McGill is a favorite to take the second spot in the 100-meter butterfly behind Michael Phelps, the reigning gold medalist in the event.

McGill said he was anxious to get back in the water with Phelps.

"It's a great win, but at the same time, there's something inside that's like, the fastest man in the world wasn't here so it doesn't quite mean as much," he said. "He's the only person I'm worried about competing with."

Bousquet expects his teammate to give Phelps a run for his money.

"To me, he's the guy that could surprise everyone this summer," he said.

At Auburn, McGill and Bousquet are joined by other world-class swimmers such as France's Laure Manaudou.

McGill, Bousquet and Brazil's Cesar Cielo all swam collegiately at Auburn. Manaudou came out of retirement at Auburn after moving to the U.S. to be with Bousquet, with whom she has a child.

McGill said the expertise of the coach, Brett Hawke, and the focused environment convinced him to continue training there.

"There's not a lot of distractions, and my family's there," he said. "It's almost a no-brainer that I stayed there."

The Missouri Grand Prix will continue through Sunday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.