May 26, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Considering the dominant run the Washington men's crew program has fashioned this season, it should be no surprise the level of representation on the All-Pac-10 list.
Michael Callahan received the Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor, the third in four seasons for the Washington alum. The Huskies coach recently guided his program to its second straight Pac-10 Championship, and now the Dawgs have their sights set on capturing a National Championship next weekend on the Cooper River in New Jersey, which begins on June 2.
During his tenure at Washington, Callahan - who took over the team in 2008 - has proven to be one of the best rowing coaches in the nation. In addition to a National Championship in 2009, Callahan has also led his teams to three Pac-10 titles.
In addition, four Husky oarsmen were named to the All-Pac-10 team, the most of any team in the conference. Anthony Jacob, Hans Struzyna, Nenad Bulicic and Conlin McCabe all earned merit as part of the Huskies' undefeated varsity eight boat, which is coming off a narrow win over No. 2 California at the Pac-10 Championships.
Jacob is coming off a productive summer/fall campaign that saw the Vancouver, B.C. native row for Canada at the 2010 World Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. Joining Jacob in the Canadian men's eight was McCabe, who also won the C.R.A.S.H.-B championships (indoor ergometer competition) this past winter. The Brockville, Ontario native was also recently featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" for his accomplishments this season.
Struzyna also competed internationally last summer, representing USRowing in a quad at the U-23 Championships in Brest, Belarus. The Kirkland native is headed back to USRowing camp this summer for an opportunity to race for the United States at the 2011 U-23 Championships in Amsterdam.
It was the second straight All-Pac-10 selections for Jacob, McCabe and Struzyna. Bulicic, a senior, won his first-such honor after stroking the Husky varsity eight all season.
Members of the All-Conference rowing teams are based upon each institution's finish in the varsity eight championship race at the Pac-10 Championships. The conference champion provides four members of the All-Conference team, the Pac-10 second-place crew provides three members, and the Pac-10 third-place finisher provides two. All other participating Conference crews receive one selection each.