Sept. 13, 2011
SEATTLE - The Washington men's and women's crew teams are looking for walk-on rowers to join the squad in the fall. No previous rowing experience is necessary.
The Huskies have a storied tradition of walk-ons contributing and ascending to great heights within the program. In the last three years, the Huskies developed walk-ons who have rowed in the freshman eight, varsity four and junior varsity boat on the men's side that won several Pac-12 and National Championship titles. On the women's side, walk-ons made it into the varsity squad and developed to strong and successful rowers beyond their college careers - a path of success none of the athletes expected before joining the team.
Rising senior Jay Thompson joined the team as a walk-on. Thompson has not lost a single race during his career with the Huskies and won a gold medal at IRAs three years in a row. Moreover, Thompson qualified this summer for the US U-23 National Team to race at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
Adrienne Martelli, a 2010 graduate, was a walk-on and developed to a world class rower at Washington. Martelli won a silver medal at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia for the United States at the beginning of September.
Thompson and Martelli are not the only walk-ons that are successful at Washington. Each year, the team reaches out to recruit on campus to give students the chance to try out and to earn a spot on the country's national championship winning team.
For students interested in learning more, Husky rowers will be meeting prospective walk-ons at Lander and Haggett Hall on Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m., and they will accompany them to Conibear Shellhouse for an informational meeting which starts at 4pm.
Students who plan on attending the meeting should print out the forms attached above and bring them to Conibear Shellhouse, along with a photocopy of an insurance card. If you have any questions, please contact men's freshman coach Luke McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org or women's assistant and novice coach Conor Bullis at email@example.com.