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|University||University of Washington|
|Athletics director||Scott Woodward|
|Football stadium||Husky Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Hec Edmundson Pavilion|
|Baseball stadium||Husky Ballpark|
|Mascot||Harry the Husky|
|Fight song||Bow Down to Washington|
|Colors|| Purple and Gold
Washington Huskies is the nickname of the University of Washington's athletic teams. The school is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. The athletic program is made up of 9 men's sports (baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field) and 10 women's sports (basketball, crew, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball).
Among its facilities on campus are Husky Stadium (football and track & field), Hec Edmundson Pavilion (basketball, gymnastics and volleyball), Husky Ballpark (baseball), Husky Softball Stadium (softball), the Nordstrom Tennis Center, the Dempsey Indoor practice facility, and the Conibear Shellhouse (rowing). The golf team's home course is at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn.
UW students, sports teams, and alumni are called Huskies. The husky was selected as the school mascot by student committee in 1923. It replaced the "Sun Dodger," an abstract reference to the local weather that was quickly dropped in favor of something more tangible. The costumed "Harry the Husky" performs at sporting and special events, and a live Alaskan Malamute, currently named Dubs, has traditionally led the UW football team onto the field at the start of games. The school colors of purple and gold were adopted in 1892 by student vote. The choice was purportedly inspired by the first stanza of Lord Byron's The Destruction of Sennacherib:
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Husky Athletic VillageEdit
The development of the Husky Athletic Village begins with the construction of the new Husky Stadium. Husky Stadium serves as the first and primary income source of a completely remodeled athletic district which includes a new $15 million dollar Husky Ballpark, a new track and field stadium, renovated soccer stadium, $20–40 million basketball operations and practice facility and recently completed projects such as the Husky Legends Center, a state-of-the-art golf training facility, the Dempsey Indoor track and field facility, the Conibear Shellhouse as well as the Alaska Airlines Arena renovation. Along with new facilities, a master plan has been created outlining future and existing space for projects, open space, plantings, parking, as well as a general concept for street and walking grids. All existing and future projects will be set up in a "village" type atmosphere, where fans and athletes can walk along tree lined sidewalks from one facility to the next. This major remodel of the athletic village is coinciding with construction for an underground station for a northern extension of the Link Light Rail system, and a planned replacement of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge.
The University football team's first game was in 1889.
From 1907 to 1917, Washington football teams were unbeaten in 63 consecutive games, an NCAA Division I-A record. During this period, Washington won 39 games in a row under coach Gil Dobie, currently the second longest winning streak in NCAA Division I-A history. In 1916, Dobie finished his remarkable coaching career at Washington with an undefeated 58-0-3 record.
The 1925 team posted an undefeated record but lost to Alabama 21-20 in the Rose Bowl. The 1960 team finished 10-1, under coach Jim Owens, and won its second consecutive Rose Bowl by defeating national champion Minnesota 17-7 (the national champion was declared before the bowl games in 1960). Coach Owens served from 1957 to 1974. Don James became head coach in 1975 and transformed the team into a national power while compiling a 153-57-2 record. James' first successful year was in 1977 with the team quarterbacked by Warren Moon culminating in a 27-20 victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Washington and Michigan played again in the Rose Bowl in 1981 resulting in a Michigan win 23-11. The next year, the Huskies returned to the Rose Bowl and defeated Iowa 28-0, the last Rose Bowl shutout and the only shutout in the past half century. Following a two-year hiatus during which cross-state rival WSU prevented the Huskies from Rose Bowl appearances by defeating them in the last game of the 1982 and 1983 seasons, Washington posted an 11-1 record and beat Oklahoma 28-17 to win the Orange Bowl. Senior running back, Jacque Robinson won the MVP award and was the first player to win MVP awards for both the Orange and Rose Bowls.
The 1991 team is considered to be the best Washington Husky football team and among the best in college football history. The team went undefeated, steamrolling opponents by an average score of 42-9 in regular season, including wins over No. 9 Nebraska, No. 7 California and a 34-14 win over No. 4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. In 2000, Washington finished with an 11-1 record, and won its seventh Rose Bowl under the leadership of Marques Tuiasosopo. In 2009, under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 42-23 victory over Idaho. The following week, Washington crushed the spirits of then-No. 3 USC, winning 16-13 on a last-second field goal. The Huskies rose to No. 25 in the polls after the victory but lost six of their next eight games to fall to 5-7 prior to a season finale showdown against No. 19-ranked California, where the Huskies won 42-10.
- National Championships Awarded or Claimed (4)
- 1960 (Helms), 1985 (B(QPRS), FN, NCF), 1990 (Rothman/FACT), 1991 (CNN and FWAA)
- Pac-12 Titles (15)
- 1916, 1919, 1925, 1936, 1959 (tie), 1960, 1963, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992 (tie), 1995 (tie), 2000 (tie)
- Bowl History
- 16 wins, 14 losses, 1 tie
- NCAA Championships
- Final Four: 1953
- Sweet 16: 1984, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2010
- Pac-12 Regular Season Titles (11)
- 1931, 1934, 1943, 1944 (tie), 1948, 1951, 1953, 1984 (tie), 1985 (tie), 2009, 2012
- Pac-12 Tournament Championships (3)
- 2005, 2010, 2011
- NCAA Championships (1)
- Championships: (2009)
- Title games: 1996, 1999, 2009
- Pac-12 Championships (3)
- 1996, 2000, 2010
Rowing is a longstanding tradition at the University of Washington dating back to 1901. The Washington men's crew gained international prominence by winning the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, defeating the German and Italian crews. <http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/fivering_circus/2012/07/_1936_olympics_rowing_the_greatest_underdog_nazi_defeating_american_olympic_victory_you_ve_never_heard_of_.html > In 1958, the men's crew furthered their lore with a shocking win over Leningrad Trud's world champion rowers in Moscow, resulting in the first American sporting victory on Soviet soil, and certainly the first time a Russian crowd gave any American team a standing ovation during the Cold War.
The Rowing Programs at Washington are the most successful collegiate athletic program of any type at any university anywhere in the world. UW Rowing has won Twenty Six (26) National Titles. No other program is even close. In all, the Washington men's crew has won 15 national titles, 15 individual Olympic gold medals, two silver and five bronze. In 2012 the men won every event at the National Championships. The women have 11 national titles and two individual Olympic gold medals.
- Women's NCAA Championships (1997, 1998, 2001)
- Varsity Eight: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 (Plus eight more before the NCAA took over jurisdiction for women's rowing, including 5 in a row from 1981-1985)
- Junior Varsity Eight: 2002
- Varsity Four: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008
- Men's IRA Championships
- Varsity Eight: 1923, 1924, 1926, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1950, 1970, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
- Junior Varsity Eight: 1925, 1926, 1927, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1964, 1972, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Freshman Eight: 1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1961, 1969, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012
Notable non varsity sportsEdit
Founded in 1963, the University of Washington Husky Rugby Club plays college rugby in Division 1 in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference against local rivals such as Washington State and Oregon. The Huskies have won the Northwest championship in 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The Huskies are led by head coach Brian Schoener, who formerly played for the U.S. national team, and by former U.S. national team player Kevin Swiryn. The Huskies rugby team is partially funded by an endowment from the alumni association.