The Tampa swim teams captured top 10 finishes at the NCAA national championship meet March 13-16 at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.
The men placed fourth and the women finished ninth. Both squads placed seventh a year ago.
The Spartans had 14 All-America finishes, with the men claiming seven individual and three team awards, and the women claiming three individual and one team award.
The big winner was Matt Goodwin, who became the Spartans' 15th individual national champion.
He won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.84, took second in the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg for the seventh-place 400 freestyle relay team. All three finishes earned him All-America honors.
Kevin Short also performed well, winning three All-America honors with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, a fifth-place in the 50 free and a seventh-place in the 400 free relay. He also had one honorable mention with a 12th-place finish in the 100 free.
For the women, Elysia Moreland had one fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly to claim All-America honors. She also finished ninth in the 200 individual medley, and 10th and 12th in team events to gain three honorable mentions.
Shannon Treen was named an All-American after finishing third in the 200 fly. She also finished 10th in the 400 free, 12th in the 800 free relay and 14th in the 1,650 free for honorable mention honors.
The men finished behind Cal State-Bakersfield, which had 529 points, North Dakota (507) and Drury (414). Tampa earned 321 points overall.
The women finished with 163 points. The winner was Truman State with 733.
SOFTBALL: The Spartans' 14-1 start was rewarded last week with a No. 4 ranking in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.
The Spartans have since taken a dip, however, after splitting a doubleheader with Florida Tech, losing two 1-0 games to Lynn and splitting two games with Barry. Now 2-4 in Sunshine State Conference play, the Spartans host Florida Southern tomorrow and are at Saint Leo on Sunday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The Spartans bowed out of the SSC tournament with a semifinal loss to Barry on March 2. UT ended the year 16-12 overall and 6-8 in SSC play.
_ ROD GIPSON