High School Sports: Rowing, hockey
Major at Washington: Biology
Husky Rowing Experience: 1999 (Freshman): Rowed in the bow seat in the freshman eight ... helped lead boat to a fourth-place finish in grand final at the IRAs ... finished second at Pac-10 Championships ... also had victories on Opening Day and at the San Diego Crew Classic ... 2000 (Sophomore): Rowed in seven seat in junior varsity eight all season ... helped lead UW to a bronze medal at IRA Championships ... defeated Cal on its home course in the annual dual ... won gold medal in Cascade Cup on Opening Day and at San Diego Crew Classic ... second at Pac-10 Championships ... 2001 (Junior): Rowed seven seat in JV eight that won a silver medal at IRAs ... six in JV eight that won silver at Pac-10 Championships ... rowed bow in varsity eight for Windermere Cup, California and Wisconsin duals and San Diego Crew Classic ... all-Pac-10 Academic.
Personal: Son of Susan Mackinnan and Alec Patterson ... both parents attended Queen's University and are physicians ... has one older brother, Lachlan (25) and two sisters, Caitlan (18) and Megan (23) ... enjoys biking ... contemplating a career in sports nutrition.
I chose Washington because: The rowing and the mountains.
The best thing about Seattle is: It's a happening town.
The best thing about UW is: Rowing.
Favorite class: Oceanography.
My best race was: San Diego in 1999, when we won our grand final. It was my first race and my first win at UW and it set the tone for the rest of my races.
After I graduate, I plan to: Relax.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Get ready to race fast.
Patterson says: "Working hard and going fast ... that's Washington Rowing."