World Championships Silver Medalist Bruno Fratus Moves On From Auburn

Sprinter Bruno Fratus of Brazil has decided to take a new training path, leaving his longtime home of Auburn University and coach Brett Hawke. Citing the need to expand his horizons, the 2017 World Championships silver medalist in the 50m freestyle has moved to Coral Springs, Florida, home of the Coral Springs Swim Club. There, he will primarily be training by himself with the continued guidance of his wife and active supporter, Michelle Lenhardt.

“I believe change is a good thing,” Fratus states on Instagram. “It refreshes the mind, reaffirms your goals, but mainly keeps you out of your comfort zone.

“That’s why after almost 4 unbelievable years training and living in Auburn, I decided it was time to shake things up a little bit.”

I believe change is a good thing, refreshes the mind, reaffirm your goals but mainly keeps you out of your comfort zone ???? That’s why after (almost) four unbelievable years training and living in Auburn I decided it was time to shake things up a little bit. For now on I’ll be training at the amazing @csswimclub ??‍♂️? Thank you so very much to all the @auburnswimdive staff and specially to one of the best friends life could’ve give me, Mr. @hawkebr for making me into the swimmer and person I am today ?? Thanks also to Coach Bruno Darzi for opening the doors of his beautiful pool to me. Now let’s get to work, the road to Tokyo has begun!! ??? #arenawaterinstinct #nowambassador

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In a conversation with SwimSwam, Fratus said there wasn’t one big reason for leaving, because he ‘loves Auburn and is very thankful for everyone on the staff.’ Fratus told us, “I had great success over there, but I guess I had to just see what’s beyond the thing I’ve been doing.”

Among those remaining at Auburn in the pro group are breaststrokers Felipe Lima and Miguel DeLara.

As far as Fratus’ training approach headed to Tokyo 2020, he told SwimSwam, “Michelle and I have been swimming and working together long enough to learn what works for me and what doesn’t. For now, we’ll be writing kind of our own program.”

You can read more about the dynamic relationship of Fratus and his wife/coach Michelle in the latest edition of SwimSwam magazine.

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I teally like this guy, and I didn’t realize he was so young. Best of luck going forward, Bruno.


So, at the top of his game, with coaches who have trained Olympic gold medalists, he is leaving to swim by himself while being trained by his wife, who is a Fitness World Champion/Bodybuilder and former swimmer, but who has never before coached other elite-level swimmers. Sounds familiar.


Familiar? Who else did it??


Hosszu? Maybe

Old sprimter


Honest observer

Michelle Smith de Bruin as well.


Makes you wonder what his true thoughts of Auburn are.


And what about we leave it to him to make life decisions that are important to him . As he said , change keep u out of your confort zone – and what exactly does that bring ? a new perspective on yourself and your life / discoveries / and most of all a New Experience . Never thought about that before commenting ?


Good for u Bruno – change is an exceptional aspect of life when fully embraced . Florida ? why not …..The picture tells the whole story about how it feels there .

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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