April 22, 1999
Shell Dedication Photo Gallery
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington rowing program named one of its newest racing shells after former Husky director of athletics Mike Lude in dedication ceremonies at Conibear Shellhouse Thursday afternoon. Lude was at Washington from 1976-90.
The "Mike Lude", a Pocock women's racing shell, will be used by the Husky women's junior varsity crew.
"This is a tremendous honor," said Lude, who saw Husky crews win a combined nine men's and women's national championships during his tenure. "We expect the Husky women to win many, many races in this boat and to carry the name proudly."
The boat was christened with finish line water from the Montlake Cut, the Huskies' home race course.
In ceremonies Wednesday afternoon, Washington also christened the Husky Clipper in honor of the 1936 men's crew that won an Olympic gold medal. Several members of the crew were on hand to christen the boat.
Washington hosts California Saturday on the Montlake Cut with races beginning at 9 a.m.
The 13th annual Windermere Cup takes place the following Saturday, May 1, on the Cut. The New Zealand men's and women's national teams along with the Brown University women's team will challenge the Huskies in the premier races. Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. and continues through noon. KOMO Radio (am 1000) will broadcast the event beginning at 10:45 a.m.