Ceremony Tuesday Evening for National Champs

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn University swimming teams will be at Toomer's Corner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for a "Celebration of National Champions."

Commemorative national championship posters will be available for autographing at the event, which has become a tradition after a national championship for Coach David Marsh's teams.

This season, both the women's and men's squads brought home NCAA titles.

AU officials are asking fans to bring their own toilet paper for the rolling festivities. On Thursday, both the men's and women's teams will be honored in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush.

The women's team won its fourth overall national title with an exciting upset victory over No. 1 ranked Georgia at the NCAA Championships that were held in Athens, Ga. A week later, the top ranked men's team won its fourth straight NCAA title and sixth overall by a comfortable margin over runnerup Arizona.

The men's team is shown at its 2005 celebration.

The 2005-2006 season is the third time that Marsh has coached a women's and men's national championship team in the same season. He is the only coach in NCAA swimming history to accomplish that feat a single time.

Four Auburn seniors on the men's team wrapped up their collegiate careers undefeated in college team competitions. That group includes Olympic medalist George Bovell, Doug Van Wie, Eric Shanteau and Kurt Cady. They were 31-0 in dual meets to go with four SEC titles and four NCAA titles. They combined for six NCAA event championships, 13 SEC Championships first place finishes and qualified for All-America honors in 56 races.

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