Auburn’s Aquatic Dynasty

March 28th, 2006

2005.09.01-19.26.59/au-logo.jpgHere’s a story I’ve been following for the past couple of weeks. I intended to post something about it Sunday, but I haven’t been feeling well. The Auburn swimming and diving team has won a pair of national championships. The men won Saturday at Georgia Tech, and the women won the week before. Auburn runs a combined swimming and diving program, in which the men and women train together. Auburn coach David Marsh, a former Auburn swimmer, is the only swimming and diving coach to have won both the men’s and women’s championships in the same year, and he has done it three times! The men’s championship is their fourth consecutive; the women’s championship is their fourth in five years. The men have won 12 SEC swimming and diving championships, including the past ten in a row. That’s right, it’s been a decade since a school other than Auburn held the men’s SEC swimming and diving championship. Coach Marsh has 10 NCAA championships; that’s more than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (3) and Tennessee’s Pat Summitt (6) combined. In today’s column, Paul Finebaum compares Marsh to other great coaches like Bear Bryant and John Wooden.

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