1978 National Champions

1977-78 Swimming and Diving Roster
Name Event Hometown
Tim Boyd Fly Concord
Paul Carter Fly Succasunna, N.J.
Andy Coan Free Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Shannon Dunworth IM Dearborn, Mich.
John Ebuna Free Commerce City, Colo.
Gary Faykes Breast Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Steve Feierabend Free Denver, Colo.
Brent Fichter Diver Massillon, Ohio
Marc Foreman IM Shady Grove, Ore.
John Goddard Diver Ashland, Ky.
Bobby Henry Free Knoxville
Jeff Holbrook IM Plainfield, Ind.
Doug Lambert Free Maryville
Bob Lazar IM Dearborn, Mich.
Kent Martin Free Brentwood
John Newton Free Grand Rapids, Mich.
Joe O'Brien Diver Grand Rapids, Mich.
Bruce Rindahl Free Denver, Colo.
Eric Schwotzer Back McMurray, Pa.
Bob Sells Free Wauwatosa, Wis.
Mike Slowey Breast South Bend, Ind.
Walter Vredeveld Free Chattanooga
Tom White Free Concord, Calif.
Mark Williamson IM Lookout Mountain
Head Coach: Ray Bussard
Assistant Coaches: Vince Panzano, Buzzy Watson, Lee Engstrand, John Trembley

After finishing in the nation's top four in each of the previous 1978 National Scorers six years, the Tennessee Volunteers finally brought home the NCAA swimming and diving title in 1978.

The Vols dominated the 55th annual NCAA Championships held in Long Beach, Calif., piling up 307 points to 185 for SEC rival Auburn. Tennessee took a 24-point lead on the first day of competition and was never seriously challenged on the way to victory. Tennessee became the first team from the South to win the NCAA swimming and diving title.

While the sprint freestylers were the strength of the Volunteers, UT scored points in 16 of the 18 events that were contested.

The Vols were led by Andy Coan, who earned individual national championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Coan was the meet's high scorer with 61.5 points. For his efforts, Coan was named Outstanding Swimmer at the Championships.

"What helped me most ... was realizing that I was on a team that probably worked harder than anybody else in the country," Coan said. "We don't stop until the meet is over, regardless of whether we reach our goal."

Sophomore Marc Foreman was UT's second-leading scorer with 43.5 points and captain Bob Sells was third with 41.5 points. John Newton, Kent Martin and Gary Faykes also had impressive showings for the Volunteers.

"It was all a matter of hard work," Sells said. "That was the story of our whole season."

The squad shaved coach Ray Bussard's head after returning to the Student Aquatic Center and tossed many of those on hand into the pool.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for these kids," Bussard said. "They'll be able someday to tell their kids what they did here. At Tennessee we say that winning is living. "Our championship rings have 'triple A-bar-zero' on them," Bussard said. "That comes from General Patton. It means we'll meet you any place, any way, anytime, bar nothing."

1978 National Scorers
50 Freestyle
1. Andy Coan 20.29
3. John Newton 20.41
4. Bob Sells 20.44
5. Tom White 20.55
8. John Ebuna 20.56
100 Freestyle
1. Andy Coan 44.10
3. John Newton 44.42
6. Bob Sells 44.67
7. John Ebuna 44.58
12. John White 45.65
200 Freestyle
4. Andy Coan 1:37.38
12. Doug Lambert 1:39.54
500 Freestyle
9. Kent Martin 4:25.69
1650 Freestyle
3. Kent Martin 15:15.43
100 Backstroke
7. Eric Schwotzer 51.01
200 Backstroke
2. Marc Foreman 1:48.67
7. Eric Schowtzer 1:50.31
100 Butterfly
2. Tim Boyd 48.88
4. Matt Vogel 49.47
10. Bob Sells 50.02
200 Individual Medley
3. Marc Foreman 1:49.75
400 Individual Medley
2. Marc Foreman 3:55.91
100 Breaststroke
9. Gary Faykes 57.43
200 Breaststroke
2. Gary Faykes 2:03.46
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Tennessee 2:55.66
Sells, Coan, Ebuna, Newton
800 Freestyle Relay
5. Tennessee 6:36.65
Sells, Martin, Ebuna, Coan
400 Medley Relay
4. Tennessee 3:19.88
Schwotzer, Faykes, Boyd, Sells
3-Meter Diving
5. Brent Fichter 493.56


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