Swim benefit to be held in honor of AU coach

February 12, 2009

By Chris Vessell  bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Swimmers, nation-wide are preparing to swim in honor of an Auburn University coach who has made a huge splash in the swim world. Coach Richard Quick has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

"It was just a shock, because he lives the healthiest lifestyle you can imagine," Brian Pursely a fellow coach said. Coach Richard Quick was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in December. For swim Coach Brian Pursley and others on the Auburn University Swim Team, its not easy news to take in.

"The dignity and poise he's handled all this with has just been inspiring," Pursely said. Coach Quick has poured countless hours and energy into training top swimmers. He's even worked tirelessly to coach six Olympic teams, but on Saturday its all about him.

Swim meets, nationwide will be hosted by Swim Across America, a non-profit organization that raises money for cancer research. Four swim meets will be held at Stanford, University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, and Auburn University. "I think not only us, but Stanford and Texas among others really got behind him as a community, because it's not just Richard dealing with it. It's everybody because its touched so many people," Matt Targett said.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities will be able to swim in what's being called the Swim Quick for a Cure to Cancer at Auburn University. Organizers are asking that each participant donate an amount they feel necessary to help fund cancer research.

"You can raise a little more money, and do it in honor of someone we all appreciate and every one in the swimming community looks up to," Pursely said. It's an effort to honor a coach who has given so much to young swimmers.

The Swim Quick is open to participants of all ages and abilities. The event will be held from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM on Saturday at Auburn University's Aquatic Center.