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Linfield Magazine Spring 2017

Juan Vidal ’17 SPORT: Swimming | HOMETOWN: Portland | MAJOR: Nursing WHY LINFIELD? I wanted to finish my nursing degree while having the opportunity to swim at the collegiate level. The idea of a small school was very appealing and gave me the opportunity to become integrated into a cohesive community. FAVORITE ASPECT OF LINFIELD: The amount of support from faculty is incredible. I’ve been challenged and grown as a person in my time here, and feel confident in whatever direction life will take me. LESSONS LEARNED FROM SWIMMING: Being a competitive swimmer has taught me to commit to my passions and to focus on the details to achieve my goals. If you put in the hard work and stay focused, it will pay off. BALANCING NURSING SCHOOL AND SWIMMING: There isn’t much room for free time, so prioritizing and time management are important. I have great support from peers, professors, coworkers and family to keep me balanced. OTHER ACTIVITIES: I take part in volunteer opportunities through the college, mostly doing health screenings for migrant children. I’m also a swim coach for Mt. Hood Aquatics. FUTURE: I plan to start my nursing career in mental health. My eight-week clinical at the Legacy Emanuel Adult Behavioral Unit erased the stigma I had about mental disorders. I have found my calling in health care. Growth, achievement mark first winning season in a decade The Linfield men’s basketball team earned its first winning season in nearly a decade with an overall record of 15-11. The Wildcats climbed from seventh place in the Northwest Conference last season to third place this year, earning one of four berths to the NWC playoff tournament. In recognition of his team’s tremendous growth, head coach Shanan Rosenberg was chosen as the NWC’s Coach of the Year, becoming the first Linfield basketball coach in 16 years to receive the league’s coaching award. Kyle Maloof ’17, who led the team in scoring and rebounding, was picked as a second team NWC all-star and guard Riley Bruil ’19 received honorable mention acclaim. “The team set out with goals of posting a winning record, making the conference playoffs and being in a legitimate fight for a championship,” said 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Spring 2017 Rosenberg. “These were all accomplished.” The Wildcats’ achievements went deeper than awards and statistics. “Our most significant accomplishment was our competitive maturation, our personal and emotional growth, and the galvanization that occurred in our relationships,” Rosenberg added. New leadership in athletics Garry Killgore has worn many hats during his 27 years at Linfield – professor, department chair, entrepreneur and longtime cross-country and track & field coach. Beginning July 1, he will take on a new role as Linfield’s director of athletics, succeeding Scott Carnahan ’73. At an institution known for the longevity of its coaches and the success of its teams, Killgore becomes just the fifth athletic director at Linfield since 1949. He follows Carnahan (1996-2017), Ad Rutschman ’54 (1973-96), Roy Helser ’36 (1968-73) and Paul Durham ’36 (1949-68). “Garry Killgore is a rare combination of entrepreneur and collaborator,” said President Thomas L. Hellie. “He understands and Three earn All-America honors Kennedy Johnson ’17 and Stephen Nnabue ’17 were each named third-team All-America players by D3football. com. Nnabue was named as a secondteam All-American and Johnson a third-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Sam Riddle ’17 was named a third-team All-America player by the Associated Press and a first-team All-America quarterback and Division III Offensive Player of the Year by D3football.com. He also received a first-team All- America citation from the AFCA.


Linfield Magazine Spring 2017
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