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Willamette University Media Guide

Waller Hall on the Willamette Campus

the place for Scholars & Champions

General Information Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Table of Contents

General Information.........................................................1 Willamette University.................................................... 2-3 Athletic Facilities................................................................4 Head Coach Al Stephenson.............................................5 Willamette Men’s Profiles............................................. 6-7 Willamette Men’s Roster...................................................7 Willamette Women’s Profiles...................................... 8-11 Willamette Women’s Roster/Sports Medicine.............12 2006-07 NWC Championships......................................13 WU Hall of Fame (1996-97 Women’s Team)..............13 2007-08 Schedule/2006-07 Results...............................14 2006-07 Top Times..........................................................15 NCAA Division III/Northwest Conference...............16 Willamette Administration and Athletics.....................17 Willamette Individual Records.......................................18 Action Photos...................................................................19 Season Review and 2007-08 Preview................... 20-IBC Willamette Swimming Ring of Honor....................OBC

Willamette General Information

Bearcat Swimming Quick Facts Head Coach...........................................Al Stephenson Willamette Men’s Record............. 28-45 (10 seasons) Willamette Women’s Record........ 35-41 (10 seasons) Alma Mater....................................Florida State, 1974 Office Phone........................................ (503) 370-6601 Men’s Conference Championships............................7 1967, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991 Women’s Conference Championships......................4 1978, 1980, 1981, 1994, 2006-07 Men’s Record/NWC...............1-6, 1-6 (7th) 2006-07 Women’s Record/NWC..........2-6, 1-6 (7th)

Lauren Gard Sophomore

John Schmidtbauer mans the lap counter. Location....................................................... Salem, Oregon Founded......................................................................... 1842 Enrollment..............1,943 Undergraduate; 2,628 Overall President.................................................Dr. M. Lee Pelton Dean of Campus Life................. Dr. Robert Hawkinson Faculty Athletic Representative........................ Jerry Gray Director of Athletics....................................Mark Majeski Nickname................................................................Bearcats Colors.............................................Cardinal and Old Gold National Affiliation............................NCAA Division III Conference......................Northwest Conference (NWC) Facility (Capacity)...............Willamette Natatorium (200) Assistant Athletic Director.......................... Judy Gordon Assistant Athletic Director..............Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer Administrative Assistant.............................. Leslie Wright Head Athletic Trainer.....................................Shane Wibel Assistant Athletic Trainer............................. Erin Scharer Assistant Athletic Trainer.................................Ken Smith Athletics Marketing Coord.................... Megan Johnston Athletics Comm. Director...................Robert McKinney Athletics Comm. Phone............................(503) 370-6110 Athletics Comm. E-mail....... Athletics Department Phone...................(503) 370-6420 Athletics Department FAX......................(503) 370-6379 Athletics Web

The 2007-08 Willamette University Swimming Media Guide was written, designed and edited by Robert McKinney, athletics comm. director, and by Ryan Borde, with assistance from Al Stephenson. Cover Photos: Center — Stephenson gives signals to a swimmer; Outside (Clockwise from Upper Left) — Matt Tanigawa swims the I.M.; Shannon Gima gains momentum in the butterfly; Greg Henselman prepares for the start; WU swimmers (L to R) James Huang, Whitney Pryce, Jenna Larrow and Viktoriya Beliy encourage a teammate; Brittany Thiemens swims freestyle; Bridget Sutherland competes in the butterfly; Inside Front (Clockwise from top): Waller Hall; Hanna Connett swims the breaststroke; Bekah Hykan takes a breath; Gima looks ahead; Kevin Tangeman cheers; Back Cover (Screened) — The Bearcats celebrate. Photos by Naomi Stukey and the WU Office of Communications. Printing by K/P, Inc.




About Willamette University Willamette Swimming 2007-08 Willamette University, the first university in the West, has a heritage dating to its founding in 1842. Students and employees are proud of its academic strength, as well as its beautiful campus. Academic success is typical for students at Willamette. More importantly, faculty and staff are concerned about the overall success of each student, so the focus is not only on quality experiences in the classroom, but also on social and cultural development. Students are expected to work hard in their academic endeavors and are also expected to have fun, be active in the community and bring their own personality to everything they do. Why Willamette? • Quality Academics • Student-Athletes are more than 1/4 of the student body • Competition in the NCAA and the Northwest Conference • Student-Faculty Ratio of 11:1 • Students from 42 States • Opportunity to Study Abroad • Located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol • Near the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains We’re proud of our students’ academic abilities. We’re also proud of our students as friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. They have found an ideal match between high-level academics and a variety of quality experiences as members of the community. They exemplify the University motto: “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

The Mill Race, which runs through campus, is a great place for students to relax.

This motto is put into action locally and throughout the world. At Willamette, you can study abroad, as many of our students do each year. Our students also are actively involved in social and environmental issues. They are concerned about maintaining the beautiful Oregon landscape, while working to improve the lives of others. And so, while Willamette has the same academic expectations as the nation’s most acclaimed colleges and universities, we hope we’ve added something extra ... an equally important focus outside the classroom. Attending college should be fun, inspiring and at times invigorating. It should both challenge you and make you laugh. Academically, Willamette has the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, the George H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and the School of Education. Cooperative programs enable all students to benefit from the quality curriculum. Willamette is known for its intellectual vitality, its cohesive campus community, its concern for every student, and its ability to balance a rigorous academic program with varied extracurricular activities. The faculty




About Willamette University Willamette Swimming 2007-08 and staff bring a wide range of views and experiences to the the campus. Willamette’s student-faculty ratio of 11:1 allows faculty to maintain ample office hours and to serve as advisors. They are engaged in scholarly research and publish their findings, but they are primarily focused on teaching. Willamette is selective and seeks serious and talented students. The average first-year student has a 3.76 GPA, an SAT score of 1230 and an ACT score of 27. Enrollment at the undergraduate level is 1,943, with a total enrollment of 2,628. About 95 percent of Willamette students receive financial aid and scholarships. Many students choose to attend graduate or professional school. At Willamette, you can literally walk across the street to the State Capitol or spend an entire semester studying your major in a foreign country. Willamette has a reputation for financial stability. Its endowment consistently earns a spot among the largest in the Northwest and compares favorably on a national basis. The campus features 42 buildings on 61 acres. During the past decade, more than $50 million has been invested on campus. Administrative offices, academic buildings, residence halls and recreational facilities have been renovated or refurbished. Recent projects include the $5.5 million Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the $8 million Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, and the $2.7 million Montag Student Center. Work has recently been completed on Willamette’s $14 million Kaneko Commons.

The Oregon State Capitol is located across the street from Willamette University.

Salem, the state capital, is the secondlargest city in Oregon, with a population of about 147,000. The Pacific Coast is just about an hour away and the Pacific Coast mountain range is even closer. To the east are the Cascade Mountains, lakes, streams and rivers. Also within driving distance are Portland, the Columbia River gorge and Mount Hood. Willamette benefits from its location across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and from being near other federal, state, county, and city offices. In particular, Willamette students are often chosen for internships with government organizations. Students also participate in the Community Outreach Program through a variety of volunteer service projects.




WU Athletic Facilities Willamette Swimming 2007-08 The Lestle J. Sparks Center, which houses offices for the Department of Athletics and the Department of Exercise Science, has basketball, handball and racquetball courts, a weight lifting and fitness center, classrooms, and locker rooms. Also connected to the Sparks Center is the WU Natatorium, home of Bearcat swimming. The natatorium, with space for 200 fans, also can be seen from a viewing area in the lobby. The pool is a six-lane, 25-yard competition venue with a Colorado electonic timing system. The north end is composed of glass, opening to the Martha Springer Botanical Garden and allowing natural light to enter the natatorium. Cone Field House is the home court for the Willamette men’s baskeball, women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The arena holds 2,500 fans, with plenty of seating on each side of the court. There is a quality sound system, plus tables for official timers, scorekeepers and statisticians, along with space for broadcast media. The Willamette University soccer teams play home games at Sparks Field, an artificial turf facility next to the Sparks Center. The Field is equipped with lights for night games and seats 500 spectactors. The facility is one of the top college fields in the Northwest. In addition to lights and bleachers, Sparks Field has covered seating for both teams. Close to the Sparks Center and Sparks Field are six outdoor tennis courts. The men’s and women’s tennis teams host meets during the spring each year.

The Sparks Center includes the Willamette Natatorium as well as Cone Field House.


Willamette’s football team plays home games at McCulloch Stadium, located two blocks from campus. The stadium seats 2,400 and has lights for night games. An athletic training room lets athletes receive on-site treatment. McCulloch Stadium is a quality facility with a FieldTurf playing surface, along with spacious locker rooms and meeting rooms. It has the atmosphere of an old stadium, despite a variety of modern conveniences.

The Willamette Natatorium features a pair of new record boards for Bearcat swimming.

The Charles Bowles Track is an all-weather facility that showcases Willamette’s track and field and cross country teams, which host meets each year. In 2005, WU hosted the NWC and NCAA Regional cross country meets. Located near McCulloch Stadium is Roy S. “Spec” Keene Stadium at John Lewis Field, the home of Bearcat baseball. The stadium features chairback seating in part of the grandstand and an overall capacity of 1,000. The entire football, track, cross country and baseball complex is at Bush’s Pasture Park. The park hosts cross country meets on its wide paths and is known for its art exhibits and rose garden. On the east side of campus is the Willamette Softball Complex. It includes covered dugouts, batting cages, a scoreboard and bleachers. The WU men’s and women’s golf teams usually practice at Illahe Hills Country Club or Creekside Golf Club. Members of the men’s and women’s rowing teams have their own boathouse and hold workouts on the Willamette River in downtown Salem.



Head Coach Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Al Stephenson

Head Coach (10th year) Men’s Record: 28-45 (.384) Women’s Record: 35-41 (.461) Alma Mater: Florida State University (1974) The 2007-08 season is Al Stephenson’s 11th year as Willamette’s head coach for men’s and women’s swimming. In his ten seasons, Stepehenson has earned two Northwest Conference Men’s Coach of the Year honors (2000-01 and 2003-04), and has once been named the NWC Women’s Coach of the Year (1998-99). Prior to becoming WU’s head coach, Stephenson was a Bearcat assistant coach for 13 years under former mentors Jim Brik, John Miller and Skip Kenitzer. In his first season as the head coach, in 1997-98, Stephenson led the Willamette women to second place at the NWC Championships and to eighth place at the NAIA Championships. Two of Stephenson’s men’s teams have placed at the NCAA Division III national championships. The 1999-00 squad finished in 48th place thanks to six points from freshman Brady Childs, while the 2002-03

team placed 37th in the nation after Eric Swinn earned nine points for his ninth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. In addition to his coaching duties at WU, Stephenson serves as the Director, and an assistant coach, for the Bearcat Swim Club, which is a year-round program for swimmers ages 7-17. He also served as head coach of the Salem Aquatic Club for 24 years (1977-00) and was head coach at Sprague High School in 1976 and 1977. He was named Oregon Swimming Coach of the Year in 1993. In 1988, he served on the Paralympic staff for the U.S. team in Seoul, Korea. Stephenson graduated from Florida State University in 1974. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and was a two-year letterman on the swimming team. Stephenson and his wife, Beth, live in Salem. They have two adult sons, Craig and Matthew, in addition to Beth’s two adult sons, Benjamin and Matthew.

The Al Stephenson Years at Willamette Bearcat Men’s Team NWC Overall Year Record Record 1997-98 4-3 5-4 1998-99 2-5 2-5 1999-00 3-3 3-3 2000-01 2-4 3-5 2001-02 2-4 4-5 2002-03 2-4 3-5 2003-04 1-5 1-5 2004-05 3-3 3-3 2005-06 3-4 3-4 2006-07 1-6 1-6 Total 23-41 28-45

NWC Meet 5th 6th 4th 5th 5th 5th 5th 5th 7th 6th

Bearcat Women’s Team NWC Overall Year Record Record 1997-98 6-1 8-1 1998-99 5-2 5-2 1999-00 1-5 1-5 2000-01 3-3 5-3 2001-02 1-5 1-7 2002-03 2-4 3-4 2003-04 4-3 7-3 2004-05 2-4 2-4 2005-06 1-6 1-6 2006-07 1-6 2-6 Total 26-39 35-41

NWC Meet 2nd 3rd 6th 4th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 7th 7th




The 2007-08 Bearcat Men’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Greg Henselman

CAPTAIN Freestyle, Butterfly

5’10”, 165 lbs., Corvallis, Ore. (Kamiak HS)

Earned 7th in the consolation finals at the 2006-07 NWC Meet in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:32.02 ... Swam his season-best times in the 500 and the 1,650 freestyle at the NWC Meet ... Named Most Improved Swimmer as a senior at Kamiak HS ... Majoring in Classical Studies amd Mathematics with a minor in Psychology ... Parents are John and Linda Sparks ... Born on February 14, 1986.


Henselman earned 7th place in the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly at the NWC Championships.

Pete Kahn

Freestyle, Backstroke

Junior eligibility

6’4”, 200 lbs., Billings, Mont. (Billings Senior HS) In the consolation finals at the 2006-07 NWC Meet, he placed 4th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:12.91 and was 5th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.79 ... Named All-State two years at Billings Senior HS in Montana ... Served as team captain his senior year ... Is majoring in Biology with minors in Physics and Spanish ... Parents are Fred and Patty Kahn ... Born on July 13, 1985.


Kahn finished 4th in the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke at the NWC Meet last spring.

James Huang

Freestyle, I.M., Backstroke

5’5”, 125 lbs., Portland, Ore. (Sunset HS) Placed 5th in the consolation finals of the NWC Meet in the 400 I.M. this past spring with a time of 5:02.37 ... Recorded a season-best time of 1:11.45 in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NWC Meet ... Named All-State and was team captain his senior year at Sunset HS ... Majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Rhetoric and Media Studies ... Son of Gene and Jean Huang ... Born on January 7, 1987.


Huang placed 5th in the consolation finals of the 400 I.M. at the NWC Championships.

Kevin Tangeman

Freestyle, Butterfly

6’0”, 155 lbs., Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS) At the NWC Championships this past spring, he placed 7th in the consolation finals of the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.10) and was 8th in the consolation finals of the 200-yard fly (2:30.61) ... Competed in swimming and soccer at Sherwood HS in Oregon ... Was Sherwood’s Physics Student of the Year as a junior ... Majoring in Biology ... Parents are Rick and Pat Tangeman ... Born on June 20, 1988.

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Tangeman was 7th in the consolation finals of the 100-yard buttlerfly at the NWC Championships.



The 2007-08 Bearcat Men’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Matt Tanigawa

Freestyle, I.M.

5’10”, 165 lbs., Kailua, Hawaii (Baptist Academy) Is a solid swimmer in the freestyle, I.M. and butterfly events ... At the 2006-07 NWC Meet, he placed 8th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:13.52 ... Won the consolation finals of the 400-yard I.M. (4:45.61) ... Was 7th in the consolation finals of the 200 I.M. (2:09.31) ... Majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Economics ... Son of Verne and Debra Tanigawa ... Born on February 21, 1988.

Tanigawa placed 8th in the 200-yard butterfly at the NWC Championships this past spring.


John Schmidtbauer

Freestyle, Butterfly

5’10”, 181 lbs., Whittier, Calif. (Whittier HS)

Provides the ‘Cats with strength and power in the freestyle and butterfly events ... Competed in swimming and water polo at Whittier HS in California ... Named First Team All-League in water polo ... Swam the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly ... Is a member of the WU rowing team ... Majoring in Anthropology ... Son of Kevin and Laddie Schmidtbauer ... Born on April 22, 1989.

Schmidtbauer participated in swimming and water polo at Whittier High School in California.


2006-07 Willamette Men’s Swimming Roster Name

Greg Henselman (C) James Huang Pete Kahn John Schmidtbauer Kevin Tangeman Matt Tanigawa



Sr. 5’10” Jr. 5’ 5” Sr.* 6’ 4” Fr. 5’10” So. 6’ 0” So. 5’10”

Wt. Event(s)

165 125 200 181 155 165

Freestyle, Butterfly Freestyle, Back, I.M. Freestyle, Backstroke Freestyle, Butterfly Freestyle, Butterfly Freestyle, I.M.

Hometown (Previous School)

Corvallis, OR (Kamiak High School) Portland, OR (Sunset High School) Billings, MT (Billings Senior High School) Whittier, CA (Whittier HS) Sherwood, OR (Sherwood High School) Kailua, HI (Hawaii Baptist Academy)

Head Coach: Al Stephenson (11th year) (C) - Captain * Junior eligibility

Henselman Receives Presidential Scholarship at Willamette Greg Henselman, a member of the swimming and rowing teams who is majoring in Classical Studies and Mathematics, was one of two Willamette University students selected as Presidential Scholars for the summer of 2007. Each Presidential Scholar received a $2,500 stipend to assist with research during the summer. Recipients also earn a waiver of tuition for one semester or $5,000 toward graduate school expenses. Henselman, a senior in 2007-08, focused his summer research on “Extending the Diagnostic Applications of Graph Representations.” Henselman was sponsored in his research by Erin McNicholas, assistant profesor of mathematics at Willamette.




The 2007-08 Bearcat Women’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Shannon Gima

5’3”, Alameda, Calif. (Lick-Wilmerding HS)

CAPTAIN Backstroke, I.M.

At the NWC Meet last spring, she was 5th in the 100 backstroke, 8th in the 200 backstroke and 9th in the 200 butterfly ... Ranks 9th all-time at Willamette in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.36 ... Bearcat women’s MVP in 2005-06 ... Team MVP two years at Lick-Wilmerding HS ... Is majoring in Psychology and Sociology ... Her parents are Lance Gima and Pearl Leung ... Born on April 25, 1986.


Gima placed 5th in the 100 backstroke and 8th in the 200 butterfly at the NWC Championships in 2006-07.

Chelsea Hollingsworth

Freestyle, Butterfly

5’4”, Portland, Ore. (Wilson HS)

Did not compete in 2006-07 ... Was injured during the fall and studied abroad in Australia during the spring ... In 2005-06, she swam a 59.75 in the 100-freestyle at the NWC Championships ... Also swam the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle during the 2005-06 seaosn ... Majoring in Economics with a minor in Politics ... Parents are Larry and Miki Hollingsworth ... Born on December 30, 1985.


Hollingsworth studied abroad in Australia during the 2006-07 spring semester.

Lindsay Mumm


5’5”, Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge HS) Did not swim for Willamette in the fall of 2006, as she was studying abroad in Nicaragua ... Rejoined the Bearcats during the spring semester and will continue to swim in the sprint events this season ... Was a Washington State Scholar while attending Bainbridge High School ... Majoring in Politics and Spanish ... Dean’s List at WU ... Daughter of Mark and Nancy Mumm ... Born on May 5, 1986.


Mumm studied abroad in Nicaragua during the fall of 2006. She returned to WU in the spring of 2007.

Bridget Sutherland

Freestyle, Butterfly

5’2”, Everett, Wash. (Everett HS)

Did not swim for WU last spring because she was studying abroad in Ireland ... Last fall, she placed 2nd in the 50 frees, 4th in the 100 free and 4th in the 100 fly at the Bay Area Invitational ... Was team MVP three times at Everett HS ... Majoring in Rhetoric and Media Studies with a minor in Psychology ... Parents are Mark Sutherland and Lucinda Clark ... Born on July 29, 1986.

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Sutherland studied abroad in Ireland during the second semester of 2006-07.



The 2007-08 Bearcat Women’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Brittany Thiemens 5’9”, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue Senior HS)

CAPTAIN Freestyle

Placed in the consolation finals of three events at the 2006-07 NWC Meet ... Was 1st in the 100 breaststroke, 4th in the 50 freestyle and 6th in the 100 freestyle ... Earned All-State recognition in swimming her junior and senior seasons, and was team captain her senior year at Bellevue HS ... Is majoring in Exercise Science at WU ... Daughter of Dave and Linda Thiemens ... Born on May 12, 1986.


Thiemens placed 6th overall in the 50-yard freestyle at the NWC Meet as a freshman in 2004-05.

Caitlin Hannigan


5’0”, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cheyenne Mountain HS) Will not compete for the Bearcats this season, but will study abroad in Ireland during the spring of 2008 ... Has participated in the sprints and the backstroke for Willamette the past two seasons ... At Cheyenne Mountain HS in Colorado, she swam all four years ... Team captain as a senior ... Is majoring in History ... Daughter of Michael and Deb Hannigan ... Born on January 30, 1987.


Hannigan will study abroad in Ireland during the 2007-08 spring semester.

Lauren Gard

Freestyle, Breaststroke

5’8”, Milwaukie, Ore. (Rex Putnam HS) Placed 6th in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the NWC Championships in 2006-07, with a time of 1:20.17 ... Also swims freestyle for the Bearcats ... Chosen Most Improved Swimmer at Rex Putnam High School ... Was a team captain her senior year ... Majoring in Biology with a minor in Studio Art ... Parents are Brian and Rhonda Gard ... Born April 28, 1988.


Gard placed sixth in the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2006-07 NWC Meet.

Bekah Hykan


5’4”, Superior, Colo. (Monarch HS) Will compete in freestyle events for the Bearcats this season ... Is a sophomore at Willamette, but did not swim last year ... Was a swimmer for three seasons at Monarch HS in Superior, Colorado ... Competed in diving as a freshman ... Was a runner in cross country all four years ... Majoring in Anthropology at WU ... Her parents are Wayne and Sharon Hykan ... Born on April 28, 1988.


Hykan was a swimmer for three seasons at Monarch High School in Superior, Colorado.




The 2007-08 Bearcat Women’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Jenna Larrow 5’6”, Boise, Idaho (Timberline HS)

Freestyle, Backstroke

At the NWC Championships last spring, she swam a personal and team seasonbest time of 19:57.25 in the 1650-yard free ... Qualified for the State Swimming Meet in each of her final three years at Timberline HS in Idaho ... Is majoring in History and Psychology, with a minor in Religious Studies .. Daughter of Jim Leftwich and Shelly Bloom-Leftwich ... Born on September 12, 1988.


Larrow swam a team season-best in the 1650-yard free at the NWC Championships last spring.

Whitney Pryce

5’8”, Glastonbury, Conn. (Glastonbury HS)

Freestyle, Backstroke

Placed 7th in the consolation finals of the 200-yard freestyle at the 2006-07 NWC Championships ... Was 8th in the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle ... Each time set a personal season best ... Competed in swimming, lacrosse and track and field at Glastonbury HS ... Is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Anthropology ... Parents are Charles and Karen Pryce ... Born on July 12, 1988.


Pryce reached the consolation finals of two events at the NWC Championships in 2006-07.

Gwen Schulze

Freestyle, I.M., Backstroke

5’9”, Silverdale, Wash. (Central Kitsap HS/Austin College) Transferred to Willamette from Austin College in Texas ... Will compete for the Bearcats in the freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events ... Qualified for the State Meet as a senior at Central Kitsap HS in Washington ... Swam at the District Meet all four years ... Majoring in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Sociology ... Daughter of Keith Schulze ... Born on December 29, 1987.


Schulze qualified for the State Swim Meet as a senior at Central Kitsap High School.

Coral Sorensen

Freestyle, Backstroke, Fly

5’8”, Auburn, Wash. (John F. Kennedy HS) Swam season-best times in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke at the NWC Championships in 2006-07 ... Qualified for the State Meet three times at John F. Kennedy HS ... Most Inspirational Swimmer at Kennedy two seasons in a row ... Majoring in Rhetoric and Media Studies and Studio Art ... Will minor in Spanish ... Daughter of Mel and Cindy Sorensen ... Born on April 14, 1988.

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Sorensen qualified for the State Meet during each of her final three years at John F. Kennedy High School.



The 2007-08 Bearcat Women’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Viktoriya Beliy

Freestyle, Backstroke

5’6”, Milwaukie, Ore. (Rex Putnam HS) Joins the Bearcats as a freestyle and backstroke swimmer ... Gives the Willamette women depth in both strokes ... Previously attended Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, where she competed for the swimming team ... Will major in Biology (Pre-medicine) and minor in Chemistry at Willamette ... Is the daughter of Nataliya Beliy ... Born on December 4, 1988.


Beliy was a member of the swimming team as a student-athlete at Rex Putnman High School.

Hanna Connett

Freestyle, I.M., Breaststroke

5’8”, Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS)

Will compete for Willamette in the freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley events ... Has the potential to be a key swimmer for the ‘Cats ... Was chosen team Most Valuable Player as a swimmer at Pullman High School ... Also received the Sportsmanship Award while swimming for PHS ... Will major in Politics at WU ... Is the daughter of John Connett .. Born on September 12, 1988.


Connett was the team MVP while swimming at Pullman High School in Washington.

Chelsea Ibarra

Freestyle, Backstroke

5’8”, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep) Arrives at Willamette after graduating from Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School in Santa Cruz, California ... Was a National Hispanic Scholar as a senior at Kirby Prep ... Will swim for the Bearcats in freestyle and backstroke events ... Plans to major in Studio Art as a student-athlete at Willamette ... Is the daughter of Debra Baker ... Born on August 19, 1988.


Ibarra was a National Hispanic Scholar during her senior year at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep.

Shannon Gima Senior

Whitney Pryce Sophomore



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The 2007-08 Bearcat Women’s Team Willamette Swimming 2007-08 2007-08 Willamette Women’s Swimming Roster Name Viktoriya Beliy Hanna Connett Lauren Gard Shannon Gima (C) Caitlin Hannigan* Chelsea Hollingsworth Bekah Hykan Chelsea Ibarra Jenna Larrow Lindsay Mumm Whitney Pryce Gwen Schulze Coral Sorensen Bridget Sutherland Brittany Thiemens (C)

Yr. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 5’6” 5’8” 5’8” 5’3” 5’0” 5’4” 5’4” 5’8” 5’6” 5’5” 5’8” 5’9” 5’8” 5’2” 5’9”

Event(s) Hometown (Previous School) Freestyle, Backstroke Milwaukie, OR (Rex Putnam High School) Freestyle, I.M, Breast Pullman, WA (Pullman High School) Freestyle, Breaststroke Milwaukie, OR (Rex Putnam High School) Backstroke, I.M. Alameda, CA (Lick-Wilmerding High School) Freestyle Colorado Springs, CO (Cheyenne Mt. High School) Freestyle, Butterfly Portland, OR (Woodrow Wilson High School) Freestyle Superior, CO (Monarch High School) Freestyle, Backstroke Santa Cruz, CA (Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep) Freestyle, Backstroke Boise, ID (Timberline High School) Freestyle Bainbridge Island, WA (Bainbridge High School) Freestyle, Backstroke Glastonbury, CT (Glastonbury High School) Freestyle, I.M., Back Silverdale, WA (Central Kitsap High School) Freestyle, Back, Fly Sammamish, WA (John F. Kennedy High School) Freestyle, Butterfly Everett, WA (Everett High School) Freestyle Bellevue, WA (Bellevue Senior High School)

Head Coach: Al Stephenson (11th year) (C) - Captain * Studying abroad during the spring of 2008

Willamette University Sports Medicine

Shane Wibel, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Erin Scharer, ATC

Asst. Athletic Trainer

Ken Smith, ATC

Asst. Athletic Trainer

Tara Hebert, ATC

PT Northwest Trainer

Dr. David Thorsett

Willamette University Team Physician

Dr. David Thorsett WU Team Physician

Dr. Thorsett graduated from Washington University Medical School in June 1991. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in June 1996. Currently he is affiliated with Silverton Hospital, where he specializes in sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. Dr. Thorsett enjoys running, fly-fishing, backpacking and bicycling. He lives in Salem with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.


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The 2006-07 NWC Championships Willamette Swimming 2007-08 NWC Championships • Feb. 9-11, 2007 • Walla Walla, Wash. Men’s Standings 1. Whitworth........................... 627 2. Linfield................................ 609 3. Puget Sound........................ 546 4. Whitman.............................. 377 5. Pacific Lutheran.................. 361 6. Willamette........................... 263 7. Lewis & Clark..................... 237 8. Pacific.................................... 41 Event 200-yard Freestyle Relay 400-yard Freestyle Relay 800-yard Freestyle Relay 200-yard Medley Relay 400-yard Medley Relay

Men’s Top Eight Name Kei Otawa Cason Schmit Kei Otawa Cason Schmit Cason Schmit Kei Otawa Matt Tanigawa

Willamette Men’s Relays K. Otawa, M. Tanigawa, K. Tangeman, C. Schmit K. Otawa, M. Tanigawa, J. Huang, C. Schmit P. Kahn, J. Huang, G. Henselman, G. Smith C. Schmit, K. Otawa, K. Tangeman, M. Tanigawa C. Schmit, K. Otawa, K. Tangeman, M. Tanigawa

Women’s Standings 1. Puget Sound........................ 703 2. Whitworth........................... 654 3. Whitman ............................ 407 4. Lewis & Clark..................... 400 5. Linfield . ............................. 393 6. Pacific Lutheran ................ 239 7. Willamette........................... 201 8. Pacific.................................. 130 Event 200-yard Freestyle Relay 400-yard Freestyle Relay 800-yard Freestyle Relay 200-yard Medley Relay 400-yard Medley Relay

Willamette Event 50-yard Freestyle 50-yard Freestyle 100-yard Breaststroke 100-yard Backstroke 100-yard Freestyle 200-yard Breaststroke 200-yard Butterfly

Finishes Time 21.67 22.39 59.22 54.51 53.78 2:12.28 2:13.52

Finish 3rd 6th 3rd 3rd 8th 2nd 8th

Time 1:30.63 3:22.38 8:17.26 1:41.76 3:47.50

Finish 5th 7th 7th 5th 6th

Willamette Women’s Top Eight Finishes Event Name Time Finish 100-yard Backstroke Shannon Gima 1:02.68 5th 100-yard Backstroke Becca Fischer 1:04.82 8th 100-yard Breaststroke Becca Fischer 1:10.15 4th 200-yard Backstroke Shannon Gima 2:21.74 8th 200-yard Breaststroke Becca Fischer 2:32.19 5th

Willamette Women’s Relays B. Fischer, W. Pryce, S. Gima, B. Thiemans B. Fischer, W. Pryce, S. Gima, B. Thiemans J. Larrow, S. Roxburgh, L. Vice, W. Pryce S. Gima, B. Fischer, L. Vice, B. Thiemans Willamette DQ

Time 1:45:81 3:55.17 8:55.90 1:58.19

Finish 7th 7th 8th 5th

1996-97 Women’s Swimming Team is Inducted into Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame

The 1996-97 women’s swimming team placed third at the NAIA National Championships. Above, the team is pictured with the 1996-97 men’s swimming team.

Willamette’s women’s swimming team from the 1996-97 season was inducted into the WU Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. They joined the 1997 Football team, along with athletes Russ Sovde ‘90 and Tracy Thom ‘88, to form the Induction Class of 2007. The 1996-97 WU women’s swimming team was formed by an outstanding group of athletes who had an exceptional season. Willamette’s swimmers led the Bearcats to a third place finish at the NAIA National Championships, after finishing in second place during the NCIC Championships. Head Coach Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer was the NAIA National Coach of the Year and the NCIC Coach of the Year. WU’s trip to the NAIA Championships led to five relay teams with All-America status. Willamette also earned 10 individual All-America selections.



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2007-08 Bearcat Swimming Schedule Willamette Swimming 2007-08 Date Nov. 2 Nov. 3 Nov. 17 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 26 Feb. 8-10 Mar. 13-15 Mar. 20-22

Opponent Lewis & Clark* (S) at Puget Sound* (L) Whitworth* (L) at NW Invitational at NW Invitational Whitman* (S) at Pacific* (L) Linfield* (L) at Pacific Lutheran* (S) NWC Championships NCAA Nationals (W) NCAA Nationals (M)

Location Salem, OR Tacoma, WA Salem, OR McMinnville, OR McMinnville, OR Salem, OR Forest Grove, OR Salem, OR Tacoma, WA Federal Way, WA Oxford, OH Oxford, OH

Time 6 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. All Day All Day 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. All Day All Day All Day

Home meets (Bold Face) are held at the Willamette Natatorium * Northwest Conference dual meet S - Short Format L - Long Format W - Women’s

M - Men’s

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2006-07 Willamette Swimming Results Date Oct. 27 Oct. 28 Nov. 11-12 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Dec. 1-2 Jan. 13 Jan. 19 Jan. 19 Jan. 20 Jan. 26 Jan. 27 Feb. 9-11

Event/Opponent NWC Sprint Pentathlon NWC Relays Bay Area Invitational Whitworth University* Whitman College* NW Invitational Pacific Lutheran University* Linfield College* (S) Mills College (Women only) Lewis & Clark College* (L) University of Puget Sound* (S) Pacific University* NWC Championships

Location Portland, OR McMinnville, OR Oakland, CA Spokane, WA Walla Walla, WA Tacoma, WA Tacoma, WA McMinnville, OR McMinnville, OR Portland, OR Tacoma, WA Forest Grove, OR Walla Walla, WA

Men’s Results Men: 7th No Team Scoring Men: 2nd Men: 116-64 L Men: 111-70 L No Team Scoring Men: 134-66 L Men: 125-67 L Men: 91-85 L Men: 107-74 L Men: 84-35 W Men: 6th

Women’s Results Women: 5th Women: 3rd Women: 109-69 L Women: 132-63 L Women: 126-76 Women: 101-81 Women: 130-46 Women: 143-60 Women: 130-59 Women: 100-62 Women: 7th

* Northwest Conference dual meet (S) = Short event format (L) = Long event format

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2006-07 WU Top Times Willamette Swimming 2007-08 2006-07 Individual Top Times Men Event 50 Free 100 Free 200 Free 500 Free 1000 Free 1650 Free 50 Back 100 Back 200 Back 50 Breast 100 Breast 200 Breast 50 Fly 100 Fly 200 Fly 100 IM 200 IM 400 IM


Name Time Kei Otawa 21.67 Kei Otawa 47.55 Kei Otawa 1:48.27 Kei Otawa 5:04.18 Greg Henselman 12:12.59 Greg Henselman 19:39.67 Cason Schmit 25.52 Cason Schmit 54.51 Pete Kahn 2:12.92 Kei Otawa 28.28 Kei Otawa 59.08 Kei Otawa 2:12.28 Kei Otawa 25.15 Kevin Tangeman 1:00.10 Kei Otawa 2:08.66 Kei Otawa 59.64 Matthew Tanigawa 2:09.31 Matthew Tanigawa 4:45.61

Date 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 1/19/2007 1/27/2007 11/18/2006 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 11/11/2006 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 10/27/2006 2/10/2007 1/13/2007 10/27/2006 2/9/2007 2/9/2007

Event 50 Free 100 Free 200 Free 500 Free 1000 Free 1650 Free 50 Back 100 Back 200 Back 50 Breast 100 Breast 200 Breast 50 Fly 100 Fly 200 Fly 100 IM 200 IM 400 IM

Name Time Becca Fischer 26.08 Becca Fischer 57.44 Whitney Pryce 2:06.51 Whitney Pryce 5:41.47 Lauren Vice 12:04.44 Jenna Larrow 19:57.25 Shannon Gima 29.48 Shannon Gima 1:02.68 Shannon Gima 2:17.07 Becca Fischer 33.67 Becca Fischer 1:09.69 Becca Fischer 2:32.19 Becca Fischer 29.10 Bridget Sutherland 1:03.91 Shannon Gima 2:23.20 Becca Fischer 1:03.57 Becca Fischer 2:18.95 Shannon Gima 5:17.01

Date 11/17/2006 1/20/2007 2/10/2007 2/9/2007 11/17/2006 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 10/27/2006 2/9/2007 2/9/2007 10/27/2006 11/17/2006 2/9/2007 10/27/2006 11/18/2006 1/19/2007

2006-07 Relay Top Times Men Event 200 Free 400 Free 800 Free 200 Medley 400 Medley


Team Time Date Otawa, Tanigawa, 1:30.63 2/9/2007 Tangeman, Schmit Otawa, Tanigawa, 3:22.38 2/11/2007 Huang, Schmit Otawa, Tanigawa, 8:02.28 11/11/2006 Kahn, Huang Schmit, Otawa, 1:41.76 2/10/2007 Tangeman, Tanigawa Schmit, Otawa, 3:47.50 2/9/2007 Tangeman, Tanigawa

Event 200 Free 400 Free 800 Free 200 Medley 400 Medley

Team Fischer, Pryce, Gima, Thiemens Fischer, Pryce, Gima, Thiemens Vice, Sutherland, Pryce, Roxburgh Gima, Fischer, Vice, Thiemens Gima, Fischer Sutherland, Pryce

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Conference and National Affiliations Willamette Swimming 2007-08

NCAA Division III Willamette is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and competes in Division III, which has over 425 members and is the largest NCAA division. The colleges in Division III place a priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on successful completion of each student’s academic programs. They seek an environment in which a student-athlete’s activities with an athletic team are seen as an integral part of his or her educational experience. Members in Division III must sponsor at least five men’s sports and five women’s sports.

Athletes in Division III do not receive financial aid related to athletic ability. Willamette and other NCAA Division III members encourage students to participate by maximizing the variety of athletic opportunities. Primary emphasis is placed on conference and regional play. Willamette often sends its teams to California, Idaho, Washington and Texas for in-region games. NCAA Division III members establish an environment with cultural diversity and gender equity among student-athletes and staff. In Division III, employees care about the well-being of their student-athletes.

Northwest Conference The nine prviate colleges and universities in Oregon and Washington that form the Northwest Conference are building a reputation for the NWC as one of the top NCAA Division III leagues in the nation. The NWC is nationally competitive in a broad spectrum of sports. Formed in 1926, the NWC is 80 years old and is one of the oldest conferences in the western United States. The NWC’s current members in Oregon are Willamette, George Fox, Linfield, Lewis and Clark, and Pacific. Members located in Washington are Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound, plus Whitman and Whitworth. The charter members in 1926 included Willamette, College of Idaho (Albertson College), Linfield, Pacific, and the College of Puget Sound (UPS). Albany College was added in 1931 and remained for seven

years, then departed and returned in 1949 as Lewis and Clark College. The next member, Pacific Lutheran, joined in 1965, followed by Whitworth in 1970. The College of Idaho withdrew in 1978. Whitworth dropped out in 1984, but returned in 1988. Menlo College joined the NWC in 2006 in football only. The NWC originally sponsored athletic competition for men’s sports only, but joined forces with the Women’s Conference of Independent Colleges in 1984 to form the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges. The name was shortened back to the original Northwest Conference in 1998. Also in 1998, all nine NWC members shifted affiliation from the NAIA to the NCAA. Members knew the move would foster equity, sportsmanship and a genuine concern for all student-athletes.


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Willamette Administration Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Dr. M. Lee Pelton


Dr. M. Lee Pelton was appointed the 22nd president of Willamette University in July, 1999. Under Pelton’s leadership, the University has increased its academic profile, successfully employing strategies to attract the best faculty and the brightest students from the state, the nation and the world. Since 2001, Willamette University has been ranked a top tier liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report. President Pelton holds a doctorate from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Wichita State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974. His area of academic focus is 19th century British prose and poetry. He served as dean of the college at Colgate University (1988-91) and Dartmouth College (1991-98). At Harvard, he taught in the English Department and was the dean of one of Harvard’s 13 undergraduate colleges. He teaches at Willamette in subjects ranging from 1st century Athens to post-apartheid South Africa.

Mark Majeski

Director of Athletics

Mark Majeski began his tenure with Willamette University in October of 2000, following five years as athletic director at the University of California, Santa Cruz and four years as assistant athletic director at Menlo College. He currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division III membership committee, which provides oversight of the Division III provisional member program. Majeski previously served on the NCAA Division III men’s tennis committee, overseeing championships in that sport. A former basketball, track and softball coach, Majeski also worked venue management and operations for the 1994 FIFA Men’s Soccer World Cup and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At WU, Majeski oversees 20 varsity teams, with the Bearcats competing in NCAA Division III, the Northwest Conference and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. He also is the basketball liaison between the NWC coaches and athletic directors. Majeski received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Menlo College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from San Jose State University. He lives in Salem with his wife, Denise, and their son, Jack Henry, age 2.

Athletics Administrative Staff

Dean of Campus Life........... Dr. Robert Hawkinson Faculty Athletic Rep...............................Dr. Jerry Gray Assistant Athletic Director.....................Judy Gordon Assistant Athletic Director........Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer Head Athletic Trainer...............................Shane Wibel

Assistant Athletic Trainer........................Erin Scharer Assistant Athletic Trainer...........................Ken Smith Athletics Marketing Coord...............Megan Johnston Athletics Comm. Director.............Robert McKinney Administrative Assistant.........................Leslie Wright

Head Coaching Staff Baseball Matt Allison............. (503) 370-6011 Men’s Basketball Gordie James........... (503) 370-6063 Women’s Basketball Bruce Henderson.... (503) 370-6132 Cross Country/Track & Field Matt McGuirk.......... (503) 370-6898 Football Mark Speckman....... (503) 375-5350

Men’s Golf Steve Prothero......... (503) 370-6484 Women’s Golf Tom Hibbard........... (503) 370-6317 Rowing Susan Parkman........ (503) 370-6655 Men’s Soccer Nelson Larson......... (503) 375-5428 Women’s Soccer Jim Tursi................... (503) 370-6657



Softball Damian Williams..... (503) 370-6656 Swimming Al Stephenson......... (503) 370-6601 Men’s Tennis Neil Patel.................. (503) 370-6804 Women’s Tennis Becky Roberts.......... (503) 370-6804 Volleyball Tricia Wright............ (503) 370-6230

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Willamette Individual Records Willamette Swimming 2007-08 Men’s 50 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

20.88 20.90 20.98 21.23 21.30

Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga

100 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

45.85 46.79 46.85 46.96 47.28

Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga Steve Koga

200 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:42.65 1:43.48 1:43.78 1:43.87 1:44.06

Danny James Brady Childs Chris Mathias Brady Childs Brady Childs

500 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

4:35.62 4:38.11 4:39.00 4:39.21 4:40.85

Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs

1000 Freestyle 1. 9:59.84 2. 10:00.60 3. 10:02.57 4. 10:12.94 5. 10:18.20

Brady Childs Brett Johnson John Blatt John Blatt Tony Elsinga

1650 Freestyle 1. 16:40.34 2. 16:44.88 3. 16:45.96 4. 16:54.46 5. 16:55.21

John Blatt Tony Elsinga Brett Johnson John Blatt Brett Johnson

100 Backstroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

51.07 51.32 51.40 51.55 51.79

Eric Swinn Eric Swinn Eric Swinn Eric Swinn Eric Swinn

200 Backstroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:55.08 1:55.68 1:56.17 1:56.59 1:56.71

Eric Swinn Eric Swinn Carey Cox Carey Cox Carey Cox

100 Breaststroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

57.58 57.90 59.08 59.17 59.22

Kjell Moline Kjell Moline Kei Otawa Kjell Moline Kei Otawa

200 Breaststroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

2:05.60 2:06.37 2:08.83 2:09.39 2:09.43

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Kjell Moline Kjell Moline Kjell Moline Tim Roth Tim Roth

All-Time Top Five Individual Times Men’s

1981 1983 1982 1982 1982 1981 1981 1982 1982 1982 1992 2001 N/A 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2000 2000 1989 1987 1987 1983 1987 1984 1989 1987 1988 2003 2004 2004 2004 2003 2004 2004 1997 1997 1998 1997 1997 2007 1996 2007 1997 1997 1996 1994 1994

100 Butterfly 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

51.43 52.19 52.47 52.75 52.84

Steve Koga Gabe Duus Gabe Duus Steve Koga Steve Koga

200 Butterfly 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:54.31 1:54.77 1:55.08 1:57.13 1:57.30

Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Barry Melin

200 Individual Medley 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:57.06 1:57.29 1:59.28 1:59.62 1:59.89

Tim Roth Tim Roth Claude Grove Claude Grove Claude Grove

400 Individual Medley 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

4:04.01 4:07.68 4:07.84 4:08.78 4:11.08

Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs Brady Childs

1979 1994 1994 1981 1979 2000 2001 2001 2000 1985 1993 1994 1993 1993 1990 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

Women’s 50 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

24.18 24.40 24.53 24.54 24.70

Gayle Roth Bonnie Bauer Bonnie Bauer Gayle Roth Gerianne Mikasa

100 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

53.21 53.63 53.65 53.68 53.80

Gayle Roth Gerianne Mikasa Danika Williams Danika Williams Bonnie Bauer

200 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:55.22 1:57.29 1:57.32 1:57.34 1:57.39

Nancy Maxwell Danika Williams Danika Williams Rachel Cohen Rachel Cohen

500 Freestyle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

5:06.82 5:07.82 5:07.92 5:10.31 5:10.81

Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Alicia Potter

1984 1997 1997 1984 1996 1984 1997 1997 1997 1997 1989 1997 1997 1996 1997 1994 1991 1992 1992 1991

Kei Otawa J.H. Booth Award Co-Winner WU Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year 2006-07




1000 Freestyle 1. 10:36.20 2. 10:37.72 3. 10:37.98 4. 10:46.80 5. 10:47.10

Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Kendra Wheeler Alicia Potter

1650 Freestyle 1. 17:37.24 2. 17:37.62 3. 17:40.04 4. 17:44.40 5. 17:48.10

Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Alicia Potter Jean Orth Alicia Potter

100 Backstroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:00.04 1:00.30 1:00.68 1:00.81 1:01.17

Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland Nancy Maxwell Sherry Neumeister Laura Juckeland

200 Backstroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

2:07.49 2:08.60 2:10.51 2:10.74 2:11.67

Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland

100 Breaststroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1:07.76 1:08.28 1:08.42 1:08.97 1:09.12

Kate Miller Kate Miller Kate Miller Kate Miller Kate Miller

200 Breaststroke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

2:29.92 2:30.23 2:30.32 2:30.74 2:31.28

Becca Fischer Leslie Wilday Kate Miller Becca Fischer Kate Miller

100 Butterfly

1. 59.30 Gerianne Mikasa 2. 59.78 Gerianne Mikasa 3. 1:00.21 Jen Hodges 4. 1:00.40 Gerianne Mikasa 5. 1:00.62 Danika Williams

200 Butterfly 1. 2. 3. 5.

2:11.44 2:12.16 2:12.45 2:12.45 2:13.07

Alicia Potter Dawn Lien Dawn Lien Alicia Potter Jen Hodges

200 Individual Medley 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

2:12.15 2:12.17 2:12.84 2:13.35 2:13.48

Becky Fox Danika Williams Danika Williams Becky Fox Becky Fox

400 Individual Medley 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

4:41.17 4:42.76 4:43.88 4:44.10 4:45.19

Becky Fox Laura Juckeland Laura Juckeland Becky Fox Becky Fox

1993 1992 1992 1983 1991 1994 1993 1992 1994 1992 1995 1995 1990 1988 1995 1995 1992 1992 1995 1993 2004 2004 2003 2004 2004 2005 1983 2003 2004 2004 1997 1997 1995 1996 1994 1994 1981 1980 1994 1996 1997 1997 1997 1998 1997 1997 1992 1992 1997 1998

The Bearcats in Action Willamette Swimming 2007-08

Jenna Larrow Sophomore

Kevin Tangeman Sophomore

James Huang Junior

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Season Review and 2007-08 Preview Willamette Swimming 2007-08

“Road Warriors” in 2006-07 The 2006-07 Willamette swimming season will go down as one of the most memorable years in Head Coach Al Stephenson’s history at Willamette. Due to a faulty valve, the bottom of the pool literally erupted from the enormous underground water pressure after being emptied for maintenance during the summer. Faced with the difficulty of no home facility for practices and competitions, the Willamette swimmers rose to the challenge, and by the end of the competitive season, many of the athletes were swimming personal bests. Thus, the team adopted the “Road Warrior” mentality, adapting to different pools during practices, often adding an hour of tavel time to their hectic practice and academic schedules. “We talked of this mentality throughout the year,” Stephenson said. “This is something no other team or organized activity has ever done, and hopefully never will. That traveling would force them to manage their time more efficiently, become more proactive in their classes and exam schedules, and most importantly, become more cohesive and supportive as a team.” Stephenson’s thoughts proved true as the team finished the season strong at the NWC Championships, swimming individual best times at an 85% rate. Although the WU men’s team placed sixth and the women’s team was seventh, the scores were not indicative of the success of the swimmers or the difficulties they faced.

A New Beginning in 2007-08 As the Willamette teams enter the 2007-08 season, many of last year’s stalwarts are gone. “We graduated a very full class of seven swimmers — three women and four men,” said Stephenson. “Additionally, three of the seniors were our top point-getters throughout the year and during the NWC Championships, leaving us some very big shoes (or flippers) to fill.” Gone is women’s captain Becca Fischer, who set Willamette records in the breaststroke events and was a top sprinter and individual medley competitor. She proved her worth and versatility Page 20

Kevin Tangeman swam WU’s top time of the season in the 100-yard butterfly last year.

by swimming well in so many different events. Also graduating in 2007 was Shanley Roxburgh, a team captain who provided solid depth in the distance I.M. and the freestyle events. A third member of the women’s team who graduated was Molly Heinisch. For the men, graduating seniors in 2006-07 were captain Cason Schmidt, plus Kei Otawa, Graham Smith and David Sluss. Otawa finished his career with the Bearcats as a winner of the Booth Award, presented annually to Willamette’s outstanding senior male athlete of the year. Otawa and Schmidt earned several top-three finishes at the NWC Championships. They also swam their way onto Willamette’s Top 10 lists in the breaststroke, the backstroke and the sprint freestyle events. “This year (2007-08), we have a smaller team in numbers, but they are willing to sacrifice and work hard towards the NWC Championships,” said Stephenson. “We will have to fall back on some key personnel to make huge impacts at our competitions.”

Seniors Lead the Way Seven seniors will be the core of this year’s team. Seniors for the women are captain Brittany Thiemens, Shannon Gima, Bridget Sutherland, Chelsea Hollingsworth and Lindsay Mumm. For the men, seniors are captain Greg Henselman and Pete Kahn. Gima’s specialty is the backstroke, where she placed fifth in the 100 and was eighth in the 200 at the NWC Meet. Sutherland and Hollingsworth


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Season Review and 2007-08 Preview Willamette Swimming 2007-08 are back from studying abroad and will provide strength in the butterfly and the sprint events. Thiemens will swim the sprint freestyle events and will anchor as many as four relays. The men will feature Kahn in the backstroke and middle distance freestyle events. He placed in the top 16 at the Conference Championships in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke races. Henselman will be the mainstay in the distance freestyle and the butterfly, while providing great leadership for the squad.

Younger ‘Cats Will Contribute The future has some bright stars who are freshmen, sophomores and juniors on the the 2007-08 team. For the women, sophomores Whitney Pryce, Jenna Larrow, Lauren Gard and Coal Sorenson are diverse, as each swims a different stroke as her specialty. Pryce and Larrow will mostly be used for freestyle races, while Gard will compete in the breaststroke and Sorenson will participate in the backstroke and freestyle events. Newcomers to the women’s squad include sophomore transfer Gwen Schulze, as well as sophomore student Bekah Hykan. Hykan did not swim as a freshman last season. First-year

Sophomore Jenna Larrow freestyle distance events for the Bearcats.

Willamette swimmers are Viktoriya Beliy, along with Chelsea Ibarra and Hanna Connett. The experience and versatility of Schulze, who swims the butterfly and I.M. events, will be a great addition to the team. Connett has the background to become one of Willamette’s best swimmers and will mostly be utilized in the breaststroke, I.M. and middle distance freestyle. The succes of the 2007-08 men’s team will fall heavily onto the shoulders of junior James Huang, sophomores Matt Tanigawa and Kevin Tangeman, and freshman John Schmidtbauer. Tanigawa showed his value at last year’s NWC Meet by placing in two individual medley races as well as the 200-yard butterfly. Tangeman has the potential to be a force in the sprint freestyle and the butterfly. Huang will show his talents in the breaststroke and the I.M. events. He also will be a member of the medley relay teams. Schmidtbauer is dedicated worker, who will complement the other members of the the men’s team with his butterfly and freestyle efforts. All of the men will be contribute in the relay events. They also will provide the team with great enthusiasm. This season’s overall success at dual meets will be limited by the number of swimmers on each team. “Our dual meet record has never been of really great importance,” Stephenson said. “We use the duals for showing improvement, finding additional events for our swimmers, finalizing race strategies, determining training speeds, and developing overall competitiveness. We point to the Conference Championships as the true measure of any success, both from an individual and a team perspective.” For now and into the immediate future, “it’s good to be home” has a new meaning for this year’s team.

2006-07 Performances on Willamette’s Top 10 All-Time Individual Lists Event

100 Freestyle 100 Breast 100 Breast 200 Breast 200 Breast 200 Breast


Men’s Men’s Men’s Men’s Women’s Women’s


Time Rank

Kei Otawa 47.55 10th Kei Otawa 59.08 3rd Kei Otawa 59.22 5th Kei Otawa 2:12.28 7th Becca Fischer 2:32.19 9th Becca Fischer 2:32.68 10th


NWC Championships NWC Championships NWC Championships NWC Championships NWC Championships NWC Championships


2/9/2007 2/9/2007 2/10/2007 2/11/2007 2/11/2007 2/11/2007

Willamette University Swimming Ring of Honor Men (All-America) Mike Anderson Chris Augustine John Blatt Mike Boltz Brady Childs Brian Clocksin Rod Cook Carey Cox Gabe Duus Tony Elsinga Bert Gottschalk Claude Grove David Horton Danny James Brett Johnson Steve Koga Jeff Leavitt Mike Leubold Chris Mathias Kjell Moline Eric Moore Chris Odell Victory Perry Tim Roth Randy Rudolph Russell Scovell Eric Swinn

1977, 1978, 1979 1986 1986, 1987 1991, 1992 2000 1991, 1993 1978, 1979, 1980 1996, 1997 1993 1984, 1987 1989 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 1998 1991, 1992 1986, 1987, 1989 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 1984, 1985, 1986 1982 1986, 1987 1996, 1997 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1982, 1983 1984 1994 1979, 1980, 1981 1991, 1993 2003

Coaches Dr. Jim Brik 1981 NAIA Men’s National Coach of the Year Dr. R. Skip Kenitzer 1997 NAIA Women’s National Coach of the Year

Men’s NWC or NCIC Swimming Champions

1967, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991

Women (All-America)

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1989, 1990, 1991 1997 1977, 1978, 1979 1996, 1997 1998 1983, 1984, 1985 1995 1997, 1998 1982, 1983 1997, 1998 1998 1990 1994, 1995, 1996 1998 1996 1992, 1993, 1995 1977, 1978 1989, 1990 1996, 1997, 1998 1987, 1998, 1990 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 1998 1982, 1986 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 1987 1983, 1984 1981 1998 1978, 1979 1996, 1997 1997 1986, 1987 1982, 1983 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 1994, 1995, 1997

Bonnie Bauer Shelly Blain Birnie Beth Brinton Kim Clarkson Rachel Cohen Courtney Colby Julie Conrad Kristi Erskine Cammy Farstvedt Diane Fitzgerald Becky Fox Heidi Hoang Nici Hocksin Jen Hodges Tamie Hondo Katie Jones Laura Juckeland Nancy Lewis Nancy Maxwell Gerianne Mikasa Sherry Neumeister Jean Orth Cindy Pemberton Kari Peterson Darci Piper Alicia Potter Shelly Reed Gayle Roth Teresa Ruckman Erin Smith Janet Stamper Erin Venable Rachel Webb Ann Weber Kendra Wheeler Leslie Wilday Danika Williams

Women’s NWC or NCIC Swimming Champions

1978, 1980, 1981, 1994

Dawn Lien AIAW National Champion 200-Yard Fly (1980)

Steve Koga NAIA National Champion 100-Yard Free (1980) 50-Meter Free (1981, 1982) 100-Meter Free (1981, 1982)

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