Washington has a long and storied history as a football power, 2nd on the West Coast only to USC. But while the Husky football team is the main attraction in the athletic department and the program that pays the bills, their accomplishments pale in comparison the Husky Men's Crew team.
Not only are they (by far) the most successful Husky athletic program, they are arguably the most successful Men's Crew program in the country. And even considering their history of success, they are in the midst of a stretch of dominance unparalleled in program history. Today - for the 2nd year in a row - they not only won another IRA National Championship (their third in a row), they swept all five grand finals, something that no program had ever done before the Huskies first did it last year. This marks the 16th IRA National Championship for the program, and they also claimed their 7th straight Ten Eyck award (given to the program that scores the most overall points at the championship regatta); no other program has won more than four in a row.
Over in Oklahoma City, the Husky Softball team escaped incident when tornadoes swept through Friday and postponed games. A team that has thrived lately on thrilling comebacks and late game heroics had to sweat out the storm in a downtown parking garage. They couldn't avoid having the tables turned on them yesterday though, as they were the victims of a walk-off win against Tennessee which put them in the loser's bracket today against Michigan.
Facing elimination today vs. Michigan, they found themselves down 0-1 entering the top of the 6th after Bryana Walker surrendered a run in the bottom of the 5th. The Huskies then used a series of timely hits, heads-up baserunning and took advantage of Michigan errors to pile up 4 run in the 6th, and that was plenty as Walker cruised through the final two innings. Washington advances and will hit the field again tonight (6:30PM PST) to face off against top-seeded Oklahoma, with the winner advancing to the best 2 out of 3 Championship Series.