NCAA Men’s Division I Championships: Auburn Secures Team Title With 400 Free Relay Win, Texas Sets American Record, Richard Quick Becomes Winningest Coach

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 28. AUBURN put the cap on an impressive final day to capture their eighth men's national title and 13th overall, with the women owning five, as the Tigers completed the 400-yard freestyle relay triumphant.

Auburn's Jakob Andkjaer (42.36), Matt Targett (40.95), Kohlton Norys (41.54) and Tyler McGill (41.82) won in 2:46.67 to win the program's seventh 400 free relay overall. The amount ties Auburn with California and Southern California for third all time behind Michigan (14) and Yale (10). Previous wins came in 1980, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2007).

Meanwhile, Texas' foursome of Jimmy Feigen (41.94), Ricky Berens (41.83), Peter Jameson (42.15) and Dave Walters (41.10) finished second in 2:47.02 to smash the American record of 2:49.17 set by Texas last month.

California's Nathan Adrian (41.27), Graeme Moore (42.52), Josh Daniels (42.60) and Bennett Clark (41.22) finished third in 2:47.61.

Auburn finished the day with the team title after compiling 526 points. The triumph broke a tie between Richard Quick and Dave Marsh for the most career coaching titles as the two had previously been knotted at 12 each.

The 13th win for Quick not only gave him his first men's title, but also made him the first to win titles at three separate schools (Auburn, Stanford, Texas).

Quick was not at the meet due to battling inoperable brain cancer that was diagnosed in December. Brett Hawke, Quick's assistant, directed the Auburn Tigers at the meet.

"This is just a great way to finish the meet," Hawke said. "It's a great tribute to Richard Quick and what he means to this program. It's a huge win for this program and was a total team effort. There's not one person that stood out amongst us. We knew if we came out and won most of the relays, we would win the title. We won four out of five (relays) and that was our goal."

Texas, who was favored heading into the meet, held onto second place with 487 points, while Stanford nearly caught up to second with a third-place 460.5. California (350) and Florida (324) finished fourth and fifth.

Defending champions Arizona (309), Michigan (248), Tennessee (144), Virginia (133) and Georgia (131) accounted for the rest of the top 10.

Auburn wins the 400 Free Relay at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Brett Hawke and Richard Quick share the Coach of the Year award at the 2009 Men's NCAA Championships.

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