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Auburn Tigers
Founded 1932[1]
Conference Southeastern Conference
Location Auburn, AL
Head coach Brett Hawke[2]
Home pool James E. Martin Aquatics Center
Colors Burnt Orange and Navy Blue[3]
Men's NCAA 8 (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
Women's NCAA 5 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
Men's SEC 18 (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Women's SEC 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

The Auburn Tigers swimming and diving program is Auburn University's representative in the sport of swimming and diving. The Tigers compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 and are members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The program started in 1932 when the pool was in the basement of the gymnasium. The program had to telegraph their timed results to other schools and compare as the pool was too small for competitions.[1]

The Tiger's first national champion was Scott Spann Sr, who won the 200m Individual Medley in 1978.[1] The women's team became a full NCAA sport in 1982.[1] David Marsh was hired in 1990 and he would make Auburn into a national powerhouse.[1]

Under Marsh the program won a combined twelve NCAA championships. The men have won eight (1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)[4] while the women have won five (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007).[5] David Marsh stepped down at the end of the 2006-2007 season. He was replaced by former Auburn, Texas Longhorns and Stanford University head coach Richard Quick.[6] The Tiger men won the 2009 national championship, the 8th for the men and 13th total for the program.[7] In May 2009 assistant coach Brett Hawke was promoted to Co-Head Coach to run the program in consulation with Quick.[2] On June 10, Coach Quick died after a six-month struggle with brain cancer.[6]

Auburn has regularly been represented in the Olympic games, with a University record eighteen swimmers at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where five Auburn Tigers won a record twelve medals. At the same Olympics, Kirsty Coventry won her seventh Olympic medal to replace Auburn alumnus and NBC swimming commentator Rowdy Gaines at the top of the Auburn roster of Olympic medallists. Also in the Beijing games César Cielo Filho became the first Auburn swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in the 50m Free Style event.[8]


Auburn's swimming and diving program got off to a modest start in 1932. Swimming in the basement of the Alumni Gym (which no longer exists on campus) the Tigers swam in a small pool which only had room for three lanes. Swimmers were timed and results were telegraphed to other schools for comparisons. The first real competitions were held in 1936, with ten swimmers competing. The Tigers first swam in the SEC Championships in 1940 and placed 5th. With the outbreak of World War II, Auburn stopped all intercollegiate sports and swimming was not reinstated after the war due to inadequate facilities.[1]

The team was reinstated in 1947, and reentered the SEC Championships by 1948. Auburn's new pool was built in 1970 as the SEC swimming teams started to gain recognition nationally. Auburn finished 3rd in the SEC and 17th in the NCAA meet in 1974, the highest finish in school history at that time. The Tigers climbed up to second in the NCAA's by 1978, in which Auburn captured the first individual NCAA champion in school history when Scott Spann Sr. won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Women's swimming was added as an SEC and NCAA sport (before 1982 it was an AWIA sport) in 1982, after the women's Auburn team was already competing. The women finished fourth in that year.[1]

In 1990, Auburn hired David Marsh who would take the Tigers to new heights. He led the 1994 men to an SEC title, the first in school history. That same year, the Tiger women won the 200-yard (180 m) medley relay, becoming the first team outside of Stanford, Texas, or Florida to win a NCAA title in a relay at the NCAA meet. The men would go on to win the 1997 national championship, the first team in Auburn history to win an NCAA title. The women swimmers became the first Auburn women's team to win an NCAA title in 2002. The women would then win the SEC title in 2003 for the first time, with the men also winning an SEC Championship (their seventh consecutive) marking the first time the men's and women's SEC championships were held by the same school.[1] Later that year, the Auburn teams combined to sweep the NCAA titles, another first for men's and women's teams coached by the same person.[1][9] Auburn had established itself as a national swimming power.[1] Auburn had another first for a swimming program in 2005. After winning the 2005 national title the Auburn men's team became the first men's swimming and diving team invited to be honored at the White House by then President George W. Bush. The women joined the men the next year.[9][10]

David Marsh's career as Auburn Head Coach ended in March 2007 after leading the Tigers to the 2007 men's and women's national titles in his fourth sweep of the events. Marsh finished with 17 SEC Championships and a record-tying 12 national championships. The coach he tied is incoming Tigers coach Richard Quick who won 12 combined national titles as the Women's Head Coach for Texas and Stanford.[6]

In 2008 the Auburn women finished second to Arizona Wildcats[11] while the men finished in fifth place.[12]

In 2009 the Tigers reclaimed the Men's national title by edging out second place Texas by 39 points. The 2009 title was the eighth for the men and the 13th overall for Auburn. It also marked Richard Quick's 13th title after winning twelve at Stanford and Texas. He moved ahead of former Auburn coach David Marsh for the most titles for a coach in his career and became the first coach to win national titles at three schools.[7]

During the 2008-2009 season Brett Hawke, a former Auburn swimmer himself, took over the day-to-day running of the men's program after Richard Quick was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After the season Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs announced that Hawke would be promoted to Co-Head Coach and would work with both the Men's and Women's programs while consulting with Quick.[2]


The Auburn Swimming and Diving program competes in the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The center first opened in the 1993 and was designed to be one of the premier natatoriums in collegiate swimming and diving. The James E. Martin Aquatics Center has hosted multiple competitions including the SEC Championships three times, the NCAA Championships twice, as well the 1995, 2000, and 2005 U.S. Open competitions. In the months leading up to the Atlanta Olympic Games swimming teams from Israel, China, Japan, South Africa, and Finland used the facility to train while the US Olympic Water Polo also used the facility.[13]

The facility cost $10.5 million and was a pet project of its namesake, former Auburn University President James E. Martin. Seating at the center has room for 1,000 spectators and an additional 800 poolside seats for competitors. The competition pool features a state of the art gutter system that absorbs waves instead of reverberating back into the pool, which creates a calmer swimming surface. The bulkheads also provide a flow-through design to prevent waves on turns. The pool is nine feet deep at the shallowest and 16.5 feet (5.0 m) below the diving apparatus. The entire pool is 77 yards (70 m) long (232 ft) and 25 yards (75 ft) wide. The bulkheads are movable and allow variable lengths for competition and practice as well as simultaneous diving. The facility also features the original Auburn competition pool, renovated as a warm-up and practice pool.[13]

In the summer of 2007, Auburn University completed work on a new $1 million outdoor training pool, part of a large scale effort by the Auburn Athletics Department to improve the school's facilities.[14] Head Coach Richard Quick believes the pool will push Auburn's swimming facilities to elite status[15] and improve Auburn's recruiting efforts.

Men's swimming and diving[edit]

On top of their seven national titles, the Auburn men have won several SEC championships. Since their first SEC Championship in 1994, Auburn has won 14 out of the last 15 SEC titles, including 13 straight since 1996.[16] Only Tennessee has broken Auburn's SEC championship streak. Between January 11, 2001 and January 11, 2007 Auburn did not lose a single dual meet (meets in between 2 or 3 teams only). The only team to beat Auburn during that time period was arch swimming rival Texas, when they snapped the Tigers 44 consecutive dual meet winning streak by a score of 130-113.[17]

The 2006 Men's Swimming and Diving senior class, consisting of Kurt Cady, George Bovell, Eric Shanteau, and Doug Van Wie finished as the only senior class in AU History for any sport to go undefeated their entire college career. They never lost a Dual, SEC, or NCAA meet.[9][10]

The 2007 Men's SEC Championship team dominated the conference competition, winning by 114.5 points over the second place Florida. The men's team won 11 individual conference titles, including sweeping all diving and relay events.

The 2007 Auburn teams celebrate their national titles at Toomers Corner in Auburn

Like the conference, Auburn's men dominated the 2007 NCAA championship meet. The Tigers scored 566 points in the meet, easily outdistancing second place Stanford who scored 397 points, a difference of 169. On the very first swim of the meet, the 200-yard (180 m) freestyle relay, the Tigers set a new NCAA record in the prelims which they then broke in the championship final (1:14.71). Auburn would go on to set NCAA records in four more events, the 50 Free (César Cielo, 18.69), 100 Free (César Cielo, 41.17), the 400 Free relay (2:46.56), and the 200 Medley Relay (1:23.37). César Cielo became the first Auburn swimmer since Rowdy Gaines to win the 100 Free national title, and the first Auburn swimmer to win the 100 and 50 free in the same NCAA meet. Auburn diver Steven Segerlin repeated his 2006 Platform diving championship and won the 3M Springboard title to go with his third place in the 1M Springboard. Auburn was awarded for its dominance by sweeping the post meet awards, David Marsh was named NCAA Division I Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, head diving coach Jeff Shafer was named NCAA Division I Men's Diving Coach of the Year, César Cielo was named NCAA Division I Men's Swimmer of the Year and Steven Segerlin was named NCAA Division I Men's Diver of the Year.[4][18]

In the 2009 SEC Championship meet, Auburn's men won first place for the 13th consecutive time, tying a conference record. Auburn was led by Matt Targett, who won seven individual SEC championships, winning every event he entered. He was named SEC Male Swimmer of the year for his efforts.[19] In the 2009 national championships held in College Station, Texas Auburn trailed rival Texas for the first two days of the competition. In the final day of competition Auburn took the lead during the first two events and held on to win the eighth national title for the men's team. This past year the men's swimming won the SEC title for their 15th straight SEC title.

Women's swimming and diving[edit]

Auburn's women's team have won five national titles (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007). They have been SEC Champions four time times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007). In 2005, Auburn lost to Georgia by two points at the NCAA championships and in the SEC Championships in 2006. The second-place finisher at the SEC championships went on to win the national championship while the SEC champion won national runner-up in 2005 and 2006. The 2007 SEC Championships saw the close competition between the Dogs and Tigers come to an end, as Auburn beat Georgia by 228 points while Georgia finished 5th in the NCAA championships to Auburn's first-place finish. At the 2007 SEC Championships the women posted a school record for individual conference titles won at 12, at took home 19 All-American honors for the national championships.[5]

In 2009 the Auburn women finished second to the Florida Gators in the SEC Championships.[19] In the national championship the women finished sixth, the lowest finish for the Auburn women since 1999 when the Tigers finished 11th.[20]

NCAA team championships[edit]

The Tigers have won a combined 13 NCAA championships. When looking at all time results with men's and women's championships combined, the Auburn Tigers rank third behind Texas (20 combined NCAA championships) and Stanford (17 combined NCAA championships). The Auburn women rank third all time with 5 NCAA championships behind Stanford (8) and Texas (7). The Auburn men rank tied for fifth all time with Stanford, each with 8 NCAA titles. The Tigers and Cardinal are behind Texas (13), Michigan (12), Ohio State (11), and USC (9). With their 2007 national title, Auburn's men joined Michigan and Indiana as the only teams to win five consecutive national tiles.[21][22]

The 2007 nen's national championship trophy
Auburn Tigers Team NCAA Championships
Year Team National Champion Score Runner-up Score Location
1997 Men Auburn 496.5 Stanford 340 Minneapolis, Minnesota
1999 Men Auburn 467.5 Stanford 414.5 Bloomington, Indiana
2002 Women Auburn 474 Georgia 386 Austin, Texas
2003 Women Auburn 536 Georgia 373 Auburn, Alabama
2003 Men Auburn 609.5 Texas 413 Austin, Texas
2004 Women Auburn 569 Georgia 431 College Station, Texas
2004 Men Auburn 634 Stanford 377.5 Long Island, New York
2005 Men Auburn 491 Stanford 414 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006 Women Auburn 518.5 Georgia 515.5 Athens, Georgia
2006 Men Auburn 480.5 Arizona 440.5 Atlanta, Georgia
2007 Women Auburn 535 Arizona 477 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2007 Men Auburn 566 Stanford 397 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009 Men Auburn 526 Texas 487 College Station, Texas[23]

Southeastern Conference Championships[edit]

Auburn has won 23 SEC championships in program history. Auburn's women have won five SEC titles, their last coming in 2008. The Auburn men have won 18 conference titles, including 16 straight from 1997-2012. [24]

Auburn Tiger Team Southeastern Conference Championships
Year Team SEC Champions Score Runner-up Score Location
1994 Men Auburn 633.5 Florida 604.5 Auburn, AL
1995 Men Auburn 754.5 Tennessee 676.5 Columbia, SC
1997 Men Auburn 780.5 Tennessee 680 Athens, GA
1998 Men Auburn 858.5 Georgia 690.5 Gainesville, FL
1999 Men Auburn 857.5 Tennessee 700 Lexington, KY
2000 Men Auburn 752 Florida 680.5 Auburn, AL
2001 Men Auburn 814 Tennessee 632.5 Tuscaloosa, AL
2002 Men Auburn 763 Florida 744 Fayetteville, AR
2003 Men Auburn 918.5 Florida 680 Auburn, AL
2003 Women Auburn 841.5 Florida 685 Auburn, AL
2004 Men Auburn 1,008 Florida 705 Athens, GA
2004 Women Auburn 846 Georgia 756 Athens, GA
2005 Men Auburn 829.5 Florida 801.5 Gainesville, FL
2005 Women Auburn 816 Georgia 809 Gainesville, FL
2006 Men Auburn 1,101.5 Florida 939.5 Knoxville, TN
2007 Men Auburn 934 Florida 819.5 Lexington, KY
2007 Women Auburn 899 Georgia 671 Lexington, KY
2008 Men Auburn 806 Florida 712 Tuscaloosa, AL
2008 Women Auburn 761.5 Florida 706 Tuscaloosa, AL
2009 Men Auburn 880.5 Florida 626 Auburn, AL
2010 Men Auburn 784 Florida 765 Athens, GA
2011 Men Auburn 799 Florida 782 Gainesville, FL
2012 Men Auburn 730.5 Florida 700 Knoxville, TN

Individual NCAA champions[edit]


Athlete Titles Year(s) Event(s)[25]
Hawke, BrettBrett Hawke 9 1997, 1998, 1999 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay (2), 400 freestyle relay (2), 200 medley relay (3), 400 medley relay
Gaines, RowdyRowdy Gaines 8 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle (2), 200 freestyle (2), 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay (2)
Ciarla, AaronAaron Ciarla 7 1997, 1999, 2000 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay (3), 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay (2)
Newman, BrockBrock Newman 6 1996, 1997, 1999 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay (3), 400 medley relay (2)
Bousquet, FrédérickFrédérick Bousquet 6 2003, 2004, 2005 50 freestyle (3), 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay
Cielo, CésarCésar Cielo 10 2006, 2007, 2008 50 freestyle (2), 100 freestyle (2), 200 freestyle relay (3), 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay (2)
Bartz, MichaelMichael Bartz 5 1997, 1998, 1999 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay (3)
Bovell, GeorgeGeorge Bovell 5 2003, 2004, 2006 200 IM (2), 200 freestyle relay (2), 400 freestyle relay
Spann Sr., ScottScott Spann Sr. 3 1977, 1978 100 breaststroke, 200 IM (2)
Forrester, BillBill Forrester 3 1978, 1981 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay (2)
McCagg, DaveDave McCagg 3 1978, 1981 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay (2)
Morley, RickRick Morley 3 1978, 1981 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay (2)
Shackell, NickNick Shackell 3 1996, 1997 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay (2)
Busbee, MattMatt Busbee 3 1997, 1999, 2000 200 freestyle relay (3)
Jerger, AdamAdam Jerger 3 1997, 1998 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay
Denniston, DaveDave Denniston 3 1999 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay
Gibb, DerekDerek Gibb 3 2004 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay
Lundquist, BryanBryan Lundquist 3 2006, 2007 200 freestyle relay (2), 400 freestyle relay
Segerlin, StevenSteven Segerlin 3 2006, 2007 3 m Springboard, Platform (2)
Targett, MattMatt Targett 7 2006, 2007, 2009 200 freestyle relay (3), 200 medley relay 400 freestyle relay (2), 400 medley relay
Tucker, ScottScott Tucker 2 1996, 1997 400 freestyle relay (2)
Hargis, JohnJohn Hargis 2 1997 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay
Garcia, CaesarCaesar Garcia 2 2003, 2004 Platform (2)
Wochomurka, RyanRyan Wochomurka 2 2004 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay
Richa, JoseJose Richa 1 1987 1 m Springboard
Jachimowski, KurtKurt Jachimowski 1 1995 200 IM
Gumbrill, OliverOliver Gumbrill 1 1996 400 freestyle relay
Barnier, RomainRomain Barnier 1 1999 400 freestyle relay
Moreau, LionelLionel Moreau 1 1999 200 IM
Busse, GregGreg Busse 1 2000 200 freestyle relay
Quevedo, OswaldoOswaldo Quevedo 1 2000 200 freestyle relay
Gangloff, MarkMark Gangloff 1 2004 200 medley relay
Van Wie, DougDoug Van Wie 1 2004 200 medley relay
Bricker, MattMatt Bricker 1 2005 Platform
Andkjaer, JakobJakob Andkjaer 3 2007, 2009 200 free relay, 400 freestyle relay (2)
Norys, KolhtonKolhton Norys 2 2009 100 back, 400 freestyle relay
McGill, TylerTyler McGill 2 2009 400 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay
White, JaredJared White 1 2009 200 medley relay
Silva, MichaelMichael Silva 2 2009 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
Louw, GideonGideon Louw 2 2009 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
Wollach, PascalPascal Wollach 1 2009 400 medley relay
Klein, AdamAdam Klein 1 2009 400 medley relay


Athlete Titles Year(s) Event(s)[26]
Bowen, MaggieMaggie Bowen 9 2001, 2002, 2003 200 IM (3), 400 IM (3), 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay
Coventry, KirstyKirsty Coventry 7 2003, 2004, 2005 200 backstroke (2), 200 IM, 400 IM, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay
Hoelzer, MargaretMargaret Hoelzer 7 2003, 2004, 2005 200 Free (2), 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay
Short, BeckyBecky Short 3 2003 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay
Bowen, MimiMimi Bowen 2 1997 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay
Anderson, JenniJenni Anderson 2 2003, 2004 200 medley relay
Coparropa, EileenEileen Coparropa 2 2003, 2004 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay
Kemp, HeatherHeather Kemp 2 2003 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay
Swander, LauraLaura Swander 2 2003, 2004 200 medley relay (2)
Goh, RachelRachel Goh 2 2006, 2007 100 backstroke (2)
Peirsol, HayleyHayley Peirsol 2 2006, 2007 1650 freestyle (2)
Smith, MarinaMarina Smith 1 1993 1 m Springboard
Bock, AllisonAllison Bock 1 1994 200 medley relay
Bowers, StephanieStephanie Bowers 1 1994 200 medley relay
Kruger, KristieKristie Kruger 1 1994 200 medley relay
Reynolds, KeriKeri Reynolds 1 1994 200 medley relay
McReynolds, AnnemiekeAnnemieke McReynolds 1 1997 200 medley relay
Taylor, KatieKatie Taylor 1 1997 200 medley relay
Wenglarski, AnneAnne Wenglarski 1 1997 200 medley relay
Binder, AdrienneAdrienne Binder 1 2007 500 freestyle
Ohlgren, AvaAva Ohlgren 1 2007 400 IM

Auburn swimmers in international events[edit]

Auburn has sent many swimmers to the Olympic games and other international competitions Auburn Swimmers compete for their home countries in events such as the Goodwill Games, Pan-Pacific Games, World University Games and the FINA World Championships, which is similar to the World Cup in soccer, where Auburn Swimmers have won as of 2006 18 gold medals.

2007 Pan-American Games[edit]

At the 2007 Pan-American Games Auburn swimmers won a school record 13 medals including eight golds. The top Auburn swimmers in the event were César Cielo with two golds and a Pan-Am Record of 21.84 in the 50 freestyle. Cielo won two more medals on relay teams. Emily Kukors of Auburn won two golds, becoming the first Auburn female swimmer to win multiple golds in the Pan-American games, in the 800 free relay and the 400 free relay for the USA team. She also captured silver in the 200 IM.

Auburn Olympians[edit]

In the most well known international swimming competition, the Olympics, 30 Auburn swimmers and divers have competed for 14 countries with 8 swimmers taking home medals. Auburn coaches David Marsh and Jeff Shaffer as well as incoming coach Richard Quick have all coached US teams in the Olympics as well. The two most decorated Auburn Olympians are Rowdy Gaines and Kirsty Coventry. Gaines competed in the 1984 Los Angeles games, where he won three gold medals in the 100 Freestyle and in the 400 Free relay and the 400 Medley Relay for the United States of America. Coventry became the first Auburn woman swimmer to medal in an Olympics in the 2004 Athens games when she won gold, silver and bronze in the 200 backstroke, 100 backstroke, and the 200 Individual Medley respectively. She is the first and (as of 2008) the only person ever to medal in an individual event in the Olympics for her native country, Zimbabwe. In the 2008 Olympics, Coventry surpassed Rowdy Gaines in most medals won in a single games (four) and in career medals (seven) for the swimming program.[8] In total for the 2004 Athens games, Auburn sent 12 athletes to the games with five medals, a then Auburn record-tying performance for a single Olympics.[1] Auburn broke that record in the 2008 Olympics, winning 13 total medals in swimming.[27]

Summer Olympic Games Beijing 2008[edit]

Auburn swimmers Kirsty Coventry and César Cielo both won multiple medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Coventry returned after winning gold, silver and bronze in Athens, this time she won a gold medal in the 200 backstroke and three silvers in the 100 back, as well as the 200 and 400 Medley relays. Cielo won a gold medal in the 50 free and a bronze in the 100 meter freestyle. In total former or current Auburn swimmers won 13 medals at the Olympics representing various nations around the world. The 13 medals was the most of a single university in swimming.[8][27] As a result of these Olympic games, Coventry set an Auburn career record for Olympic medals and the record for most medals in a games by an Auburn athlete.[8]

Athlete Nation Total[8] Gold Silver Bronze Events
Bousquet, FrédérickFrédérick Bousquet FRA France 1 0 1 0 Silver Medal in 400m Freestyle relay
Cielo Filho, CésarCésar Cielo Filho BRA Brazil 2 1 0 1 Gold Medal in 50m Freestyle and Bronze Medal for 100m Freestyle
Coventry, KirstyKirsty Coventry ZIM Zimbabwe 4 1 3 0 Gold Medal in 200m backstroke, Silver Medal in 100m basckstroke, 200m Medley and 400m Medley.
Gangloff, MarkMark Gangloff USA United States 1 1 0 0 Gold Medal in 400m Medley Relay
Hoelzer, MargaretMargaret Hoelzer USA United States 3 0 2 1 Silver Medal in 200m backstroke, 400m Medley, Bronze Medal in 100m backstroke
Targett, MattMatt Targett AUS Australia 2 0 1 1 Silver Medal in 400m Medley Relay, Bronze Medal in 400m freestyle relay

Notable Auburn swimmers[edit]


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