The Great Northwest

First, I have been a fan of D3swimming.com since 2007. The delay in my appreciation is due more to my ineptness on the internet than it not being a viable site. It is that and more, and now my goal is to bring it to the attention of not just the Northwest Conference, but to our region in general.

Secondly, I have asked to be the initial spokesperson for the NWC. I will gladly hand over the reins to a current or former swimmer within our conference if that presents itself. I only do this because I think the site has merit, and for the love of our sport.

Finally, I would like to give my initial insights into what I see at this point of the season, and perhaps just a little historical/informational perspective about the NWC. Eight teams make up our family; Puget Sound is of course the best, sorry, I should try and make this a fair and unbiased post. Okay, in alpha order, our conference is comprised of the following schools: Lewis and Clark, Linfield, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman, Whitworth, and Willamette. The first 3 and the last are in Oregon, the rest in Washington State. The defending champions are Whitworth, and I would say they are the favorites once again in both the men’s and women’s sides. In my next post, I will attempt to break down the rest of the conference, at least from what I have seen to date. I will also hope that individuals from each of the schools would get on the D3 site and will intelligently debate the strengths and weaknesses of their own programs, perhaps[s critiquing the same for their opponents. I believe our schools all feel pride for their respective programs, and respect for their opponents. We share a desire for academic growth, but also for aquatic development from a team and individual perspective. I feel comfortable speaking for my coaching peers in saying that each and every one of these coaches has the best interests of their student-athlete’s in mind as this season progresses. I would also say that we are all interested in success for our institutions. We work hard for those institutions, but most importantly, for the student-athlete. We are relatively new to the D-III experience, the NWC joining in 2000. We have experienced both the NAIA and D-II in our histories, and those are fond memories. But the D-III experience is like no other, and I would not give it up for the world. It is the purest of passions when it comes to the training and racing that our sport affords. We swim because we can and because we desire to, never because we have to. Happy Holiday and my very best to each and every one of you in 2011!!

Coach Myhre has coached the last 16 years at the University of Puget Sound.  He has coached the Loggers to 6 NAIA championships during his tenure and agrees with the rest of us that division III is the place to be!

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