Bearcat swimming teams head to NWC championship meet at Linfield

Willamette’s men and women’s swimming teams will be at Linfield College in McMinnville Friday through Sunday for the Northwest Conference championship meet.

Prelims begin each day at 10 a.m., with finals scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Puget Sound women have won the past six NWC championships and the UPS men are the defending conference champs as well.

The Bearcat women tied Pacific Lutheran for fourth place in the final NWC dual meet standings this season at 2-4, finishing behind Puget Sound (6-0), Whitworth (5-1) and Linfield (4-2).

The Willamette men also finished 2-4 to wind up in fifth place behind Whitworth (6-0), Puget Sound (5-1), Linfield (4-2) and Pacific Lutheran (3-3).

Five Bearcats enter the NWC meet ranked among the top four in at least one event. Below is a list of those athletes, with events listed in the order that they will be held during the championships.

Nadia Markovchick, Golden, Colo. (Golden HS) 4th, 500 freestyle, 5:30.01
-------2nd, 100 butterfly, 1:02.29
-------3rd, 200 freestyle, 2:01.75
-------1st, 1,650 freestyle, 18:44.43
Amy Hoang, Caldwell, Idaho (Caldwell HS) 4th, 400 IM, 4:58.82
-------3rd, 200 butterfly, 2:25.16
Jessica Lee, Auburn, Wash. (Jefferson HS) 3rd, 200 backstroke, 2:15.59

B.J. Wright, Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS) 2nd, 50 freestyle, 21.64
Eric Swinn, Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg HS) 4th, 50 freestyle, 21.89
-------2nd, 100 backstroke, 53.65
-------2nd, 200 backstroke, 1:58.65
-------4th, 100 freestyle, 48.60

Friday (10:00 a.m. prelims/6:00 p.m. finals)
200 freestyle relay
500 freestyle
200 individual medley
50 freestyle
400 medley relay

Saturday (10:00 a.m. prelims/6:00 p.m. finals)
200 medley relay
400 individual medley
100 butterfly
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
800 freestyle relay

Sunday (10:00 a.m. prelims/5:00 p.m. finals)
1,650 freestyle
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
400 freestyle relay

Notes: Women precede the men in all events.

All events are prelims/finals, with the exception of the 1,650 freestyle, both 800 freestyle relays and all other men's relays. All heats other than the fastest women's and men's 1,650 heats will compete 30 minutes after the preliminary heats of the women's 400 freestyle relay on Sunday morning.

Results will be available on the Linfield web site at:

Meet location (courtesy of Linfield College):
Linfield College Aquatics Center, 900 SE Baker Street, McMinnville, OR 97128 Linfield is located on Highway 99W in the middle of the Willamette Valley. It is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes southwest of Portland International Airport, 60 minutes southwest of downtown Portland; and 50 minutes northwest of the I-5 exit near Salem, Ore. The Linfield Aquatics Center is located at the corner of Linfield Avenue and Davis Street. On-street parking is available. There are also two parking lots adjacent to the pool.

Directions from Salem & Interstate 5 North to Linfield (courtesy of Linfield College):
Take State Highway 22 West (Exit No. 253) off of I-5 North. This will take you through part of downtown Salem. Proceed west on Highway 22 about 10 miles to the junction of State Highway 99W in Rickreall. Turn right on 99W and go north approximately 20 miles, passing through Amity and the Highway 18 exit, to McMinnville. Highway 99W turns right at the first stop light in McMinnville. Linfield Avenue is one-half mile north; turn right. The athletic complex is four blocks on your right.

Other meet information can be found on the Linfield web site at: