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Women's Volleyball, 2005 NCAA Champions

The last decade or so has been the most successful stretch ever in Washington athletics history as each of the 23 programs in the department have fielded successful teams and many have reached the highest points in their teams' history. In 2004-05, the UW finished 11th in the nation in the Director's Cup Standings, a ranking that judges an athletic department's overall success.

Here's a look at the recent success of the University of Washington teams.

  • Five National Championships in 2005-2006, including team titles in women's volleyball, IRA Championships for men's crew in the Freshman Eight and Open Four boats, and individual track and field titles for Amy Lia in the 1,500-meters and Ryan Brown in the 800-meters.

  • Women's volleyball team won first team title in school history and consecutive Pac-10 Championships in 2004 and 2005 ... ranked No. 1 much of 2004 ... made 2004 & 2005 Final Four ... 2003 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament quarterfinalists ... 1997 NCAA round of 16 and 1996 participant ... made NCAA tourney second round in 2002.

  • Volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin named national Coach of the Year in 2004 and Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons.

  • Four All-Americans on Husky volleyball squad, including Courtney Thompson, who also became the first Husky in any sport to win the Honda Award, given to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

    2006 NCAA Champion Amy Lia

  • 1997, 1998 and 2001 NCAA Women's Crew national champions and runner-up in 1999, 2000, 2002 ... has finished in the top 10 in all 10 NCAA championships ever.

  • Softball team advanced to College World Series in seven of last 12 seasons and to the regionals in 14 in a row; finished as national runner-up in 1996 and 1999.

  • 1996 and 2000 Pacific-10 Conference softball champions.

  • Men's and Women's Soccer both won Pac-10 Championship in 2000.

  • NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament in nine of the last 11 seasons; NCAA No. 1 seed in 1996.

  • NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003, 2004 ... Pac-10 player of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2004 ... NCAA Elite Eight in 2004.

  • 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Round of 16 and second round in 2004; NCAA team participant in each of last 12 seasons; NCAA individual semifinalist in 1998 and 2003.

  • NCAA Women's Tennis Regional participant in each of last nine seasons; NCAA Round of Eight in 2001 and 2004; 11 individual All-Americans in last six seasons.

  • Men's and Women's Tennis both ranked in top 25 the last six years.

  • 1997 Men's Intercollegiate Rowing Association national champions and 1998 runner-up. Freshmen national champions in 2001 and 2002, varsity four champs in 2002, 2004 and 2005 and junior varsity eight champions in 2004 and 2005.

    2006 NCAA Champion Ryan Brown

  • Men's golf finished third at 2005 NCAA Championships (highest ever) and had national individiual champion in 2005.

  • NCAA Men's Golf Championships participant the last seven seasons ... 4th in NCAA in 2001, 11th in 2002, sixth in 2004, ninth in 2006.

  • Women's Golf finished sixth at 2006 NCAA Championships and had Pac-10 medalist and NCAA West Regional champion.

  • NCAA Women's Golf Championships participant each of last nine years; 16th in the nation in 2001, 20th in 2002, best-ever sixth place in 2004, 14th in 2004

  • 1998 NCAA Gymnastics Regional champions; 1997 & 1998 NCAA team championships ... gymnasts have competed in postseason 24 of last 25 seasons.

  • Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances for Men's Basketball in 2005 and 2006 ... 2005 No. 1 seed in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament ... 1998 NCAA Men's Tournament Sweet 16 and 1999 tournament appearance ... second-place finish in Pac-10 in 2004, when team made NCAA tournament ... won 2005 Pac-10 Tournament championship.

  • NCAA Women's Basketball Championship participant, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2006.

  • Women's Basketball reached NCAA elite eight in 2001.

  • 1997 & 1998 Baseball Pac-10 champions ... seven NCAA regional trips in last 13 years ... made it to regional championship game five times since 1994 ... until 2005, only team from the Northwest to make NCAAs since 1991 ... Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2004.

    2006 IRA Champions, UW Freshman Eight

  • NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships: 23rd in 2004, 19th in 2003, 13th place in 1999, 9th in 1998 and 14th in 1997 ... women have made NCAAs eight of last nine seasons.

  • NCAA Men's Cross Country West Regional Championships, 1998 through 2005 ... 27th at NCAA nationals in 2005.

  • Track & Field has produced at least one NCAA Champion for four straight years ... 19 All-America honors in 2006 and 16 in 2005 ... men's team was 22nd, while women's team was 20th at NCAA Championships in 2006.

  • Men's Track and Field wins first MPSF Indoor Championship in school history in 2006 ... Greg Metcalf named MPSF Coach of the Year ... UW record nine indoor All-Americans in 2006 ... men's team 19th at NCAA Indoor Championships.

  • Sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker named Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year in 2000 ... Brad Walker won two NCAA pole vault titles and Kate Soma won 2005 pole vault title.

  • Husky Football team finished 11-1 and won the Pac-10 in 2000 before winning the 2001 Rose Bowl and finishing No. 3 in the final national rankings.

  • Football team has appeared in a bowl game eight of the last 11 years.

  • Women's swim team finished best-ever 19th at 2003 NCAAs ... men finish 25th at 2004 NCAA Tournament, their best finish since 1978.

  • Both men's and women's swim teams set school records for wins in 2001-02.
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