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Auburn gets second swim title

AUBURN, Ala. — Maggie Bowen anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team to cap Auburn's second straight NCAA swimming and diving championship Saturday night.

The Tigers finished with 536 points, 163 ahead of second-place Georgia. Southern California took third, 252 points behind the Tigers.

"This is incredible," Bowen said. "To have won for the second year in a row is unbelievable. We won this year with a different team than last year. This is a dream come true."

The Tigers won seven individual titles during the weekend, including four relays. Bowen was a member of each relay team, and the senior from Jackson, Miss., also won two individual titles. Heather Kemp won the other individual race for Auburn.

Cal's Natalie Coughlin won three titles and scored 60 points. Bowen scored 57 points, winning the 400-yard individual medley and the 200 IM.

Auburn's team of Becky Short, Eileen Coparropa, Kirsty Coventry and Bowen won the 400 freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 14.15 seconds. Cal took second in 3:16.21.

Georgia's Maritza Correia set American, U.S. Open and NCAA records with a time of 47.29 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.

Ohio State's Natalia Diea captured the platform diving championship with a score of 476.65.