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SEC squads have parted the waters to 11 national titles

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SEC Staff
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The men's swimming & diving programs throughout the Southeastern Conference have won 11 NCAA titles. Here is a look back at those winning teams:

1978 - Tennessee

The Volunteers won their first title in program history at the 55th annual championship, which was held at the Belmont Plaza Pool on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Tennessee scored 307 points to win the championship, led by three event wins during the meet. Andy Coan placed first in the 50 free (20.29) and the 100 free (44.10). Coan was also a part of the winning 400 free relay squad, joining Bob Sells, John Ebuna and John Newton to record the top time of 2:55.66. The Volunteers also garnered several more spots on the podium. Newton took third in the 50 and 100 frees (20.44 and 44.42), and Kent Martin earned the bronze in the 1650 free (15:15.43). Marc Foreman placed second in the 200 back (1:48.67) and 400 IM (3:55.91) and third in the 200 IM (1:49.75). Silver medals went to Tim Boyd in the 100 fly (48.88) and Gary Faykes in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.46).

1983 - Florida

The Gators topped the team standings at the 60th annual championship, which was contested at the Indiana University Natatorium. Florida tallied 238 points, just 11 points ahead of runner-up SMU. The meet came down to the final race - the 400 free relay - to decide the team winner. Geoff Gaberino, Donald Gibb, Albert Mestre and Mike Heath combined to take the event title with the winning time of 2:54.06. Florida also won the 800 free relay, setting the American and NCAA records with a winning time of 6:25.29 by Gaberino, Eric Boyer, Heath and Mestre. Head coach Randy Reese was named the 1983 NCAA Men's Coach of the Year.

1984 - Florida

Florida won its second consecutive title in men's swimming & diving, registering 287.5 team points at the CSU Natatorium at Cleveland State University on March 21-24. The 61st annual championship was decided in the final race of the 400 free relay, with the quartet of Gaberino, Mestre, Duffy Dillon and Heath finishing second with a time of 2:54.22 to secure the team win. Heath set the pool record in his win in the 200 free (1:34.94), and the foursome of Gaberino, Mestre, Dillon and Heath won the 800 free relay with their U.S. Open, American and NCAA record time of 6:21.29.

1997 - Auburn

The Tigers captured their first NCAA men's swimming & diving title with a final team score of 496.5 points, 156.5 points ahead of runner-up Stanford. The 74th annual championship was held at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Freshman Brett Hawke won the lone individual event with his top time of 19.19 in the 50 free. Auburn won four out of the five relay events. The Tigers set the U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 200 medley relay as Michael Bartz, John Hargis, Adam Jerger and Hawke finished with a time of 1:25.40. David Marsh was named the 1997 NCAA Coach of the Year.

1999 - Auburn

At the 76th annual championship held at the Indiana University Natatorium, Auburn scored 467.5 points, 53 points ahead of defending champion Stanford, to earn its second title in three years. In the prelims for the 200 free relay, the Tigers set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records as Aaron Ciarla, Hawke, Brock Newman and Matt Busbee posted the top time of 1:16.50. They went on to win the finals with a time of 1:16.63. Lionel Moreau won the 200 IM with a time of 1:45.24, and Ciarla touched the wall first in the 50 free with a time of 19.36. Auburn also won the 400 medley relay as Bartz, Newman, Dave Denniston and Hawke finished with a combined time of 3:09.17 to close out the first day of the meet. The Tigers were victorious in the 200 medley relay on day two with Bartz, Hawke, Denniston and Ciarla posted the winning time of 1:26.12. On the final day of the meet, Denniston placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:55.51. The 400 free relay squad of Newman, Ciarla, Hawke and Romain Barnier set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records with their best time of 2:50.90.

2003 - Auburn

Auburn earned its third title at the 80th annual championship, which was held at the Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas. The Tigers outscored the hosting Longhorns, 609.5 to 413, to claim the top spot. Freshman George Bovell set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:42.66. Junior Caesar Garcia tied for first place in platform diving with a final score of 575.80, Auburn's first diving title in 16 years. Sophomore Fred Bousquet touched the wall first in the 50 free with his time of 19.31.

2004 - Auburn

The Tigers decisively won their fourth title at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York, scoring 634 points - over 250 points ahead of second-place Stanford. The meet was held short course meters instead of the traditional short-course yards format, allowing for World Records to be set during the meet. Auburn did just that in the 200 free relay, with Bovell, Derek Gibb, Ryan Wochomurka and Bousquet posting a combined time of 1:23.75 to set the World, U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the event. Individually Bovell set the World, U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the 200 IM (1:53.93) as did Bousquet in the 50 free (21.10). In the 200 medley relay, Doug Van Wie, Bousquet, Mark Gangloff and Gibb set the World, U.S. Open, American and NCAA records with their best time of 1:34.25. Garcia defended his title in platform diving, registering 635.05 points in the finals. Closing out the meet, Auburn won the 400 free relay with Bovell, Gibb, Wochomurka and Bousquet setting the World, U.S. Open, American and NCAA records with a time of 3:08.85.

2005 - Auburn

The championship meet returned to the University Aquatic Center, where the Tigers won their first NCAA title. Auburn went on to claim its third consecutive and fifth overall national title at the 82nd annual meet, edging out Stanford, 491-414. Bousquet closed out this senior campaign by setting the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the 50 free with a time of 18.90, his third consecutive NCAA title in the event. Matthew Bricker placed first in platform diving with a final score of 604.35.

2006 - Auburn

At the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Auburn won its fourth consecutive and sixth overall men's team title with 480.5 points, 36 points ahead of runner-up Arizona. The Tigers opened with a win in the 200 free relay as Caesar Cielo, Matt Targett, Bryan Lundquist and Bovell posted the top time of 1:16.15. Steven Segerlin gave Auburn another individual title in platform diving, registering a finals score of 469.30. The senior class of Bovell, Kurt Cady, Eric Shanteau and Van Wie concluded their collegiate careers with a 31-0 dual meet record, four SEC titles, four NCAA titles and 56 All-American honors.

2007 - Auburn

The University Aquatic Center proved to be a good location for the Tigers as they won their fifth consecutive and seventh overall NCAA title in March 2007. Cielo won two individual events and was a part of three winning relays during the meet. He set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 50 free (18.69) and 100 free (41.12). Cielo swam leadoff on the winning 200 free relay, joining Targett, Scott Goodrich and Lundquist to set the U.S. Open and NCAA records with a time of 1:14.71. Jakob Andkjaer, Cielo, Targett and Lundquist set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 400 free relay with their top time of 2:46.56. Auburn also set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 200 medley relay with the foursome of Goodrich, David Maras, Alexei Puninski and Cielo recording the winning time of 1:23.37. Segerlin placed first in the 3-meter springboard (415.80) and the platform (414.90). For the postseason awards, head coach David Marsh was named the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, Jeff Shaffer was selected as the NCAA Division I Men's Diving Coach of the Year, Cielo was tabbed the NCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year and Segerlin was voted the NCAA Division I Men's Diver of the Year.

2009 - Auburn

Auburn won its eighth title in March 2009 at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium at Texas A&M University. The Tigers took the top spot with 562 points, 39 points ahead of second-place Texas. Kohlton Norys earned first place in the 100 back with a time of 45.26, the first NCAA title in the event in program history. Auburn also placed first in four out of the five relays. Andkjaer, Gideon Louw, Norys and Targett set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 200 free relay with their time of 1:14.08. The quartet of Pascal Wollach, Adam Klein, Tyler McGill and Targett set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 400 medley relay with their winning time of 3:01.39. The U.S. Open and NCAA records were set in the 200 medley relay by Jared White, Michael Silva, Targett and Louw (1:22.36). Nathan Adrian, Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels and Bennett Clark closed out the meet by winning the 400 free relay with a time of 2:48.78.