David Edgar won a gold medal as part of the 400 Free Relay in the 1972 Munich Olympics. 

I remember leading off and Russia’s lead off man barely touched me out. Murphy caught the Russians and we were in a dead heat halfway through. Heidenreich got a good lead in the third leg and Spitz had no trouble bringing it home.” – David Edgar

Prior to Munich, David Edgar was an NCAA superstar, crushing hearts and dreams while winning 7 titles for the University of Tennessee. A sprinter, Edgar is the only swimmer to win the 50 and 100 Free at NCAA’s three consecutive years in a row; which included beating Mark Spitz in the 50 Free all three years. In 1970, Edgar broke the American Record in the 50 Free going 20.5 in a dual meet against Navy. In 1971, he broke it again at SEC’s, going 20.2. That same year, UT defeated Southern Methodist, who hadn’t lost a dual meet in 11 years. It was here that Sports Illustrated claimed that David Edgar was the, “Fastest Man Afloat”. 

Even more impressive was the fact that Tennessee had just brought their team back from hiatus (they didn’t field a team from 1960 to 1967) and hired a little known summer league coach named Ray Bussard to resurrect them from the dead. Coach Bussard led UT to the SEC Championship in only their 2nd year back (breaking Florida’s 13 year streak). Over 22 years at UT, his teams compiled a 252-20 dual meet record, he was named NCAA Coach of the Year twice, and the Men’s team captured the 1978 NCAA team title.

In swimming… you either win or you lose. You have no way out.” – Ray Bussard

David Edgar won Olympic Gold under Ray Bussard


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