Feb. 11, 2010
MYSTIC, Conn. - The National Rowing Hall of Fame recently announced 18 new inductees, and there's a Husky in the ranks.
Matt Deakin was selected in a group that includes the entire Gold Medal winning eight from the 2004 Olympics. Deakin was the five seat in the boat that beat the Netherlands for first in Athens. In a heat leading up to the final race, Deakin and Co. set a world record on the 2,000-meter course with a 5:19.85. Deakin will be inducted as part of a large ceremony at the National Rowing Foundation's Hall of Fame held at the River Room in Mystic.
That Olympic moment was recognized in 2004 at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Banquet, where Deakin had been nominated for the annual, prestigious award. In 2005, Deakin was part of a group that tossed out the first pitch at a Mariners game at Safeco Field.
Deakin rowed at Washington from 1999-02 after coming to Seattle from Urban High School in San Francisco. He also won gold at the 2003 World Championships in Milan, Italy. During his time on Montlake, Deakin led the Huskies to four silver medals in the Pac-10 Championships. His senior year, he was part of a boat that won the Windermere Cup and took home bronze at the IRA Regatta.
More information about the National Rowing Foundation can be found at: http://www.natrowing.org/