Banner Drop A Celebration Of Champions

Auburn's men's and women's swimming and diving teams dropped the 2004 National Championship banners on Thursday night.

In what is becoming a tradition at Auburn, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams dropped the national championship banners from the rafters of the Martin Aquatics Center.

The men's national championship trophy was won by the Tigers who put together one of the most dominating performances in NCAA swimming history at the nationals in Long Island, N.Y..

Women's co-head coach Kim Brackin and men's and women's head coach David Marsh accept a plaque from the Auburn Board of Trustees and Governor Bob Riley. Marsh was named national coach of the year. The women's team, which won its NCAA title in College Station, Tex., also had a dominating victory at the national meet.

Diver Caesar Garcia sails through the air while Ashley Rubenstein watches. Garcia will represent the U.S. at the Olympics in platform diving. He finished his senior season at Auburn as the first back-to-back winner in platform diving in NCAA Championship history.

Head Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer enjoys the evening. Shaffer has been named to the U.S. coaching stafffor the 2004 Athens Olympics. Garcia has already qualified for the team.

The Tigers have won three straight women's national titles and four overall men's national swimming titles. Many of those swimmers are in Auburn this summer training for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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