Jan. 6, 2012
SEATTLE - When the Washington men's crew looks back at a historic 2011 season, they can take pride in a rowing program that not only houses the best student-athletes, but develops them into world class champions.
In the latest issue of Rowing News, the Huskies were highlighted in the magazine's "Best of 2011" feature. It was a fitting honor. Washington not only won its 14th National Championship last year, but also saw all five of its boats medal. In fact, the only Husky boat that didn't win (the freshmen 8+) came in a close second to a California crew that went undefeated and later won at Henley.
These accomplishments allowed the Huskies to capture a fifth straight Ten Eyck Trophy for the most overall team points. This was a feat never before accomplished in collegiate rowing, and showcased the depth of talent in Conibear Shellhouse.
This didn't go unnoticed by the Rowing News.
A major part of the Huskies success came from the hammer in the varsity eight 6-seat - Conlin McCabe.
The Canadian was arguably the most dominant athlete in collegiate rowing. He was part of the Huskies boat that won in the fall at Head of the Charles, and then returned to Boston in the winter to compete at the C.R.A.S.H.-B indoor ergometer championships. He became to first Canadian to win the event, pulling a 5:48.00 over 2,000 meters.
After IRAs, McCabe made the short trip to Victoria, B.C., to train with the Canadian senior men's team. He was selected to race at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, where he propelled his nation to a Bronze Medal finish, his first major accomplishment as a senior international.
But McCabe wasn't the only Husky to taste international success that summer. Nine Washington oarsmen competed at the 2011 U-23 World Championships in Amsterdam, with three (Alex Bunkers, Rob Munn and Ty Otto) capturing gold in the men's 8+ event.