Oct. 25, 2011
SEATTLE - It's going to be a night for celebration at Conibear Shellhouse. Fans are invited to join the University of Washington athletic department as it honors the Husky men's crew program for its 2011 National Championship season.
The reception begins at 6 p.m. Friday, October 28, in the Conibear Shellhouse Dining Room. Appetizers and refreshments will also be served during the reception.
The UW varsity eight captured the Intercollegiate Rowing Association gold medal last June with a scintillating effort on the Cooper River in New Jersey. Following a semifinal defeat to Harvard, the Huskies regrouped and rowed through their competitors en route to an open-water win. It was the 14th National Championship for the Washington program, and the second in three seasons for men's coach Michael Callahan, a 1996 UW graduate.
"This is a way to honor the hard work and accomplishments of our student-athletes," Callahan said. "We encourage anyone interested to come down to Conibear Shellhouse on Friday and join us in celebrating their outstanding achievements."
Washington also won its fifth straight Ten Eyck Trophy (overall team title), a feat never before accomplished in collegiate rowing.
During the program, Callahan will acknowledge the members of the Rowing Stewards who help fund and support the program. Then the fifth-year coach will introduce the team and provide them with their National Championship rings. A photo slideshow, along with footage from the IRAs, will be shown to fans as part of the celebration.
There is no charge for guest admission, but those who drive will need to pay for their own parking in the metered spots by the Shellhouse or the E-1 parking lot (cash only).
The team will also be honored during the third quarter of the Husky football program's game against Arizona on Saturday night.