Neirton Oliveira has committed to swim for Linfield College starting in the fall of 2015. Oliveira is a native of Brazil and participated in the 2013 Summer Junior Nationals and the 2014 Winter Junior Nationals swimming for the McMinnville Swim Club. Primarily a sprint free and fly specialist, Oliveira improved significantly in the breast and back this season.
Linfield is a Division III program that competes in the Northwest Conference. A year ago, with barely 10 men on the roster, the Wildcats finished eighth out of eight teams at NWC Championships. This year they will be fighting for top-3. The women are moving their way up, as well.
The Wildcats’ program is in its second year under the new coaching staff led by head coach Kyle Kimball. With a 2015 recruiting class of nearly 20 swimmers, Linfield is positioned to become one of the top destinations for high-level swimmers in the Northwest. Coach Kimball is thrilled with the upcoming class of 2019: “Our goal is to become the top destination on the west coast for student-athletes interested in swimming at a Division III institution. The incoming class will definitely help boost our program to a higher level. I am super excited for the upcoming season!”