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A look at the SEC's swimming & diving title runs

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The women's swimming & diving programs throughout the Southeastern Conference have won 14 NCAA titles, including a nine-year stretch of titles won by SEC programs. Here is a look back at their success:

1982 - Florida
Hosting the inaugural NCAA Championship at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium, the Gators won their first national title with a team score of 505. Tracy Caulkins won five individual events: 100 and 200 fly, along with the 100, 200 and 400 IM. Caulkins was also a part of the winning 400 medley relay. Kathy Treible was a part of the first-place 200 and 400 medley relays, and swept her individual events in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke. In addition, Megan Neyer won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Florida finished the season with a 10-0 record in dual meets, and head coach Randy Reese was named the NCAA Women's Coach of the Year.

1999 - Georgia
The Lady Bulldogs won their first NCAA title in the home confines of the Gabrielsen Natatorium, topping the defending champion Stanford 504.5-441. Pool records were set in wins by Kristy Kowal in the 100 breaststroke (59.25), by Julie Varozza in the 1650 free (15:59.66) and by Keegan Walkley in the 200 back (1:53.63). Kowal also posted the top time in the 200 breaststroke of 2:07.66 to set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records.

2000 - Georgia
Georgia defended its title after registering 490.5 team points, 18.5 points ahead of Arizona, at the 19th annual championship held at the Indiana University Natatorium. The NCAA meet was held in short course meters for the first time in history. On the final night of the meet, the Lady Bulldogs won the 400 free relay with an American record time of 3:37.67. Courtney Shealy was victorious in the 100 meter free (53.99), and Kowal registered an American record win the 200 meter breaststroke (2:22.05). Shealy also posted wins in the 50 meter free (24.80), the 100 meter free (54.71) and the 100 meter back (58.66), while Kowal set the U.S. Open and American records in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:05.74) and won the 200 meter IM (2:10.69). Maritza Correia won the 200 meter free with a time of 1:57.33. The quartet of Shealy, Walkley, Kowal and Correia posted the World, U.S. Open and America record in the 400 meter medley relay with a combined time of 3:57.46. Shealy and Kowal were named the NCAA Co-Swimmers of the Year, and head coach Jack Bauerle won his third Coach of the Year award.

2001 - Georgia
At the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York, the Lady Bulldogs won their third consecutive NCAA title, just 1.5 points ahead of Stanford (389-387.5). Georgia claimed the top spot in the 800 free relay as Stefanie Williams, Kim Black, Julie Hardt and Correia posted a combined time of 7:06.48. The team also earned silver medals in the 100 breaststroke (Ashley Roby, 59.51), the 100 free (Correia, 48.89) and the 400 free relay (Williams, Neka Mabry, Katie Permenter and Correia, 3:16.53).

2002 - Auburn
The Tigers earned the top spot in the team standings for the first time in program history with 474 points at the 21st annual championship at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas. Auburn finished 58 points ahead of Georgia. Maggie Bowen set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA record in the 200 IM with a top time of 1:53.91. Bowen also won the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.69. Auburn was runner-up in the 200 free relay (1:28.92), the 100 breaststroke (Bowen, 59.94), the 800 free relay (7:06.70) and the 400 free relay (3:13.88). Head coach David Marsh was named the NCAA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year.

2003 - Auburn
Back home at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn claimed its second consecutive NCAA title with a team score of 536, 163 points ahead of Georgia. Bowen returned to her winning ways, earning the top spot in the 200 IM (1:55.33) and the 400 IM (4:06.15). She was also a part of the winning 400 medley relay, joining Kirsty Coventry, Margaret Hoelzer and Becky Short to set the U.S. Open and American records with a combined time of 3:31.45. The 800 free relay squad of Hoelzer, Heather Kemp, Coventry and Bowen set the NCAA meet record with their time of 7:02.72. In the 400 free relay, the foursome of Bowen, Eileen Coparropa, Leslie Lunsmann and Coventry won the gold with their best time of 3:17.38. Jenni Anderson, Laura Swander, Hoelzer and Short set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the 200 medley relay with their top time of 1:36.69. Kemp tied for first place in the 200 free, matching North Carolina's Jessi Perruquet in a time of 1:45.01.

2004 - Auburn
The Tigers won their third title at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium at Texas A&M University with a final team score of 569, 138 points ahead of Georgia. Their team score was the most in program history and the highest team score at the NCAA Championships since 1993. Anderson, Swander, Hoelzer and Coparropa set the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the 200 medley relay with their combined time of 1:49.02. Hoelzer set the NCAA record when she won the 200 free with a time of 1:56.16. Coventry posted an NCAA meet record time of 2:03.86 to win the 200 back.

2005 - Georgia
After three consecutive second-place finishes, Georgia won its four title at the 24th annual championship held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center at Purdue University. The Lady Bulldogs posted a team score of 609.5 points, 117.5 points ahead of Auburn. The foursome of Kara Lynn Joyce, Paige Kearns, Andrea Georoff and Amanda Weir set the U.S. Open, American and NCAA records in the 200 free relay with their combined time of 1:28.10. Joyce won the 50 free with a pool record time of 21.97. Samantha Arsenault, Sarah Poewe, Mary Descenza and Weir also posted a pool record time in the 400 medley relay with a combined final time of 3:33.89. In the 200 medley relay, Arsenault, Poewe, Descenza and Joyce finished first with a pool record time of 1:37.81. On day two of the meet, Descenza swam a pool record time of 52.11 to win the 100 fly. The American and NCAA meet records was set in the 800 free relay by Descenza, Joyce, Elizabeth Hill and Weir with their top time of 7:01.03. On the final day of the meet, Joyce registered a pool record time of 47.50 to win the gold in the 100 free. Descenza won the 200 fly with a pool record time of 1:54.19. The Lady Bulldogs set an NCAA meet record time in the 400 free relay as Joyce, Kearns, Descenza Weir posted a combined time of 3:13.56.

2006 - Auburn
Auburn won its fourth title, the fourth in five years, with a three-point edge over host Georgia (518.5-515.5). Rachel Goh swam a pool record time of 52.35 to win the 100 back, while Hayley Peirsol set the pool record in the 1650 free with her winning time of 15:49.48. The Tigers also collected podium spots in the 200 free relay (third - 1:27.98), the 500 free (Peirsol, second - 4:41.78), the 200 IM (Emily Kukors, third - 1:57.50), the 400 IM (Julie Stupp, second - 4:09.22), the 200 free (Kukors, third - 1:44.66), 3-meter diving (Corey Gerlach, third - 365.65), the 800 free relay (third - 7:07.12), the 1650 free (Adrienne Binder, third - 15:57.64), the 200 breaststroke (Alicia Jensen, third - 2:10.81) and the 400 free relay (third - 3:15.00).

2007 - Auburn
The Tigers won their fifth overall title at the University Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota with a team score of 535, 58 points ahead of Arizona. Binder finished first in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.96, and Ava Ohlgren swam a pool record time of 4:04.08 to win the 400 IM. Kukors touched the wall first in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.96, while Goh defended her title in the 100 back with a pool record time of 51.97. Peirsol won her second consecutive title in the 1650 free, posting a pool record time of 15:45.92.

2010 - Florida
For the first time since 1982, Florida returned to the top of the team standings with 382 points at the 29th annual championship at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Gators won their second title with a 2.5 point advantage over Stanford. Florida won its first National Title in the 200 free relay as Shara Stafford, Gemma Spofforth, Stephanie Napier and Sarah Bateman recorded the top time of 1:27.79. Spofforth claimed the gold in the 100 back with a time of 50.92, becoming the first Gator to win three consecutive titles. Florida also garnered podium finishes in the 400 medley relay (third - 3:31.69), the 200 medley relay (third - 1:37.01), the 400 IM (Teresa Crippen, second - 4:02.91), the 800 free relay (third - 7:01.53), the 200 back (Spofforth, second - 1:50.24; Crippen, third - 1:50.99), platform diving (Kara Salmone, third - 307.45) and the 400 free relay (third - 3:13.43).

2013 - Georgia
Georgia, the runner-up at the two previous championships, won its fifth National Title at the Indiana University Natatorium with a final score of 477 points, 84 points ahead of two-time defending champion California. Allison Schmitt placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.85. The quartet of Shannon Vreeland, Megan Romano, Brittany MacLean and Schmitt came in first in the 800 free relay with a combined time of 6:54.43. Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem, Schmitt and Romano also claimed first place in the 400 free relay with an NCAA record time of 3:09.40.

2014 - Georgia
The Lady Bulldogs found their way to the top of the team standings to win their sixth team title at the University Aquatic Center with a score of 528 points. MacLean set the NCAA records in the 500 free (4:32.53) and the 1650 free (15:27.84), and Olivia Smoliga earned the gold medal in the 50 free with her final time of 21.59. In diving, Laura Ryan swept the springboard events with her final score of 338.60 on one-meter and 423.15 on three-meter.

2016 - Georgia
At Georgia Tech's McAuley Aquatic Center, Georgia won its seventh team title with a score of 414 points, 19 points ahead of Stanford. In the 800 free relay, Hali Flickinger, Kylie Stewart, Meaghan Raab and MacLean swam a pool record time of 6:51.80. Smoliga defended her title in the 50 free by setting the NCAA record with her time of 21.21. Pool records were set by MacLean in the 200 free (1:42.42) and by Smoliga in the 100 free (46.70). Bauerle was named the 2016 CSCAA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year.