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Dawn Betts '81

Dawn (Lien) Betts '81

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  • Hall of Fame Class of 1999
Dawn Lien '81 (Sprague High School, Salem, Ore., 1977 graduate, now living in Bangkok, Thailand) became the first women at Willamette to win an individual national championship. As a junior, she won the 200-yard butterfly at the 1980 AIAW national swimming championships in Allegany, Penn. Her time of 2:12.45 set a national record and remained a school record until it as broken in 1994. In her four-year career, Lien won five Northwest Conference titles and placed second three times. She placed third at the AIAW national championships in her specialty, the 200-yard butterfly, as a sophomore and a senior.
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