High School Sports: Crew
High School Awards: Silver medallist as member of Jr. National team, 1998 ... National Champion at Jr. Nationals, 1999.
Major at Washington: Drama
Husky Rowing Experience: 2001 (Freshman)--Coxed the freshman eight that won a gold medal at IRAs, UW's first gold since 1997 ... also led Huskies to a gold medal at Pac-10s, UW's first gold by an eight since 1997 ... crew was undefeated in grand finals, winning at Windermere Cup, Cal and Oregon State duals and at San Diego Crew Classic.
2002 (Sophomore)--Coxed 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 Oregon State and Wisconsin duals and second place at the Cal dual.
2003 (Junior)--The coxswain on UW's four that won two match races and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Britannia Challenge Cup competition at the Henley Regatta ... earned a silver medal at the IRA Championships as the coxswain in the junior varsity eight boat ... also coxed UW's Pac-10 runner-up junior varsity eight ... directed the Husky junior varsity to dual victories over California, Oregon State and in the Windemere Cup.
National Team Experience: Three-year U.S. Junior National Team member ... won a silver medal in the four with coxswain at 1998 Junior Worlds ... won a national championship in the junior eight in 1999 ... won a silver medal at nationals in 2000.
Personal: Son of Terry and Keith O'Brien ... mother attended Harvard and is a registered nurse ... father attended Xavier and is a head hunter ... has one older brother, Keith, who is a journalist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune ... has one older sister, Colleen, who is a teacher.
I chose Washington because: I followed my nose.
The best thing about Seattle is: Joe Burns.
The best thing about UW is: Dining with my teammates on a Friday night, speaking of politics.
My best race was: Winning the IRA's Championship 2001.
After I graduate, I plan to: Swim across Lake Washington.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: To find that little man inside every single one of them and just let him out.
O'Brien says: "Washington Rowing is about matching."