Athletics Hall of Fame

Linda (Kirchner) Pomeroy

SPORT(S) Swimming/Track
A student at Bemidji State from 1968-1972, Lin Kirchner Pomeroy was a true pioneer of women’s athletics. A member of the women’s swimming team in just its second season as an extramural sport, she, along with her teammates, guided the Beavers’ women’s swimming program into the intercollegiate athletics era at Bemidji State. She regularly finished first in individual events and was a member of many relay teams.

In 1969, under the direction of head coach Gwen Smith, Pomeroy recorded a 50-yard breaststroke state record.  In 1970 she was a member of Bemidji State’s Minnesota State Champion swimming and diving team, competing on a state champion 200-yard medley relay team, under the direction of their new head coach Carol Swim.  Also in 1970 Pomeroy qualified for the second year in a row for the women’s national swimming competition and traveled with four other swimmers to Tempe, Ariz.

In addition, Pomeroy was a member of the women’s track and field team specializing in the 440-yard dash.

Pomeroy graduated from Bemidji State in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education. Since graduation, Pomeroy taught and coached at Coon Rapids High School before starting on her master degree in Experiential Education and returning  to BSU’s Bald Eagle Center to help create the Outdoor Education program. She then became head of the Outdoor Education degree at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. She served as NC’s head men’s and women’s swimming coach for two seasons.

Pomeroy is married to Walt and they reside in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The couple has two boys: Brian and Brent.