Dawn Lien '81
Dawn Lien '81
Title: Athlete
Year: 1981
Team: Swimming
Induction: 1999

Dawn (Lien) Betts '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.