Robin Ross, a former defensive coordinator at Western Washington, has been named Vikings football coach. Ross, 51, was with Western in 1994...

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BELLINGHAM — Robin Ross, a former defensive coordinator at Western Washington, has been named Vikings football coach.


Ross, 51, was with Western in 1994 and 1995 but has spent most of the last three decades as an assistant in NCAA Division I.


He also coached in the NFL, working as Oakland Raiders linebackers coach for two seasons, including a 12-4 season in 2000.


“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m honored to be the head coach at Western,” said Ross. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, and this is a great place to do that.”


This past season, Ross was linebackers coach at Oregon State, where the Beavers led the Pac-10 in run defense, allowing 108 yards per game.


Swimming


Megan Quann Jendrick of Puyallup won a battle between two local Olympians Saturday, beating Tara Kirk of Bremerton the 200-meter breaststroke event at the U.S. Open in Auburn, Ala.


Kirk led for most of the race, but Jendrick pulled ahead in the last 20 meters.


Auburn’s Emily Kukors, who competes for Auburn University, finished third in the 50 freestyle.


Elsewhere, Washington State’s Monika Povilonyte and Kayli Changstrom posted personal bests in their respective event finals.


Povilonyte turned in a time of 2 minutes, 35.84 seconds in the 200 breaststroke “B” final, finishing 11th overall, and Changstrom swam to a 15th-place finish in the 200 butterfly in 2:19.80.


Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.