History Lesson for the Grunties
The "Grunties" (as the freshmen rowers at Washington are called) were gathered in the captains' room inside Conibear Shellhouse on Thursday morning when their coach, Luke McGee, called them to his office.
"It's time for a history lesson," McGee said.
Inside, McGee had laid out a UW rowing jersey and a photo. On the jersey was the letters 1920. This is significant because the 1920 class was the first freshmen class to defeat Cal, who the Huskies race this weekend on the Redwood Shores. So as history goes on Montlake, the freshmen will race in a uniform bearing their class year, not the typical W, the only time in their careers they will do so.
Should the Grunties win on Saturday, their class (2013) would be retired with the others.
Considering how deep the roots of the Washington-Cal rivalry are, the tradition of the class jerseys are part of what makes the dual so special.
The race gets underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Results will be available on GoHuskies.com following the dual.
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