High School Sports: Football, rowing
High School Awards: Ohio State runner-up in football ... earned three letters in football and four in rowing ... rowing team captain ... Two-time Crash-B erg champion.
Major at Washington: History
Husky Rowing Experience: 2001 (Freshman)--Rowed six seat in the freshman eight that won a gold medal at IRAs, Washington's first gold since 1997 ... also led Huskies to a gold at Pac-10s, UW's first gold by an eight since 1997 ... crew was undefeated in grand finals, also winning at Windermere Cup, Cal and OSU duals and at San Diego.
2002 (Sophomore)--Rowed five seat in the junior varsity boat that won a bronze medal at the IRA Championships ... member of crew that won silver at Pac-10's ... helped Huskies to gold at the San Diego Crew Classic ... contributed to victories at Windermere Cup and the OSU and Wisconsin duals and second place at the Cal dual ... Intermediate and Senior Champion in a pair at 2002 US Rowing Nationals.
2003 (Junior)--Opened the season in the No. 2 seat, then moved to the fifth seat for one race before settling into the bow for the final five regattas of the season ... helped the Huskies to their first Pac-10 championships since 1997 ... member of the silver medal crew at the IRA Championships ... rowed on UW's victorious eight in the Ladies Challenge Plate competition at the prestigious Henley Regatta in England.
National Team Experience: Rowed with U.S. team that won a silver medal at 2001 Nations Cup ... Junior National team member in 1999.
Personal: Son of Kathy and Drew Derrick ... mother attended Bowling Green and is a media specialist ... father attended Georgetown and is a pilot ... one older sister, Ellen (25), who is a digital designer ... member of Air Force ROTC.
I chose Washington because: It was the best fit for me.
The best thing about Seattle is: The weather. The best thing about UW is: Spring time.
Favorite Class: History of Canada.
My best race was: IRA Championships, 2001, we were national champions and that was a great way to cap off an undefeated season.
After I graduate, I plan to: Be an officer and a pilot in the Air Force.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Get ready to work hard.
Derrick says: "The team is everything."