April 15, 2010
MYSTIC, Conn. - Matt Deakin, who rowed at Washington, was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame last month during a ceremony for the Class of 2010.
As part of 18 rowers overall who were honored, Deakin was selected for his contributions to the United States Olympic team. The San Francisco native rowed in the five seat in the US eight that won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.
But his contributions and achievements in the sport run deeper, as the 6-4 Deakin has picked up a handful of medals at the World Championships. In 2007, Deakin won Gold in a coxed four, and then a Bronze in the eight that competed at the 2006 World's. This doesn't include Deakin's accomplishments at the national level as well, where he showed tremendous success racing in the pair at the Fall Speed Order.
Mary Whipple - who is also a Husky and the current coxswain for the US Olympic women's eight that won Gold at the Summer Games in Beijing - was at the induction ceremony at Mystic Seaport. She said it was a touching scene because it was the first time Deakin and his teammates had gathered together since Athens. Deakin and Whipple are close friends, having known each other while both were attending Washington as undergraduates.
"It was really cool to be in a room with that much rowing knowledge," said Whipple. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me."
A wildlife conservation major and 2003 graduate of the UW, Deakin consistently rowed in the varsity eight that picked up plenty of hardware during his tenure, including a win at the 2001 Windermere Cup in a boat that he stroked.