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Michael Dirksen
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: Swimming (1968-72)
The only NCAA swimming champion in school history, Michael Dirksen was one of the nation’s best at the breaststroke during his collegiate career. The four-time All-American won the NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke as a freshman in 1969 (2:08.62). He led Oregon to a ninth-place finish at that year’s NCAA Championships. Later in the summer of ‘69, Dirksen won the AAU national titles in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races and also set the American record at 200 meters (2:26.9). As a sophomore in 1970, he finished third at the NCAA meet in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 breaststroke, and then was second in the 100 yard breaststroke at the 1970 AAU national championships. As a junior in 1971, Dirksen was again third in the 100 breaststroke. The two-time Pac-8 all-conference selection was ranked third in the world in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1970. At the time of his graduation, Dirksen held the school record in the 100 (57.72) and 200 (2:05.11) yard breaststroke and was part of the record-setting 400 yard medley relay (3:31.9). He was named team captain as a senior under coach Don Van Rossen.
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