Sunday, January 29, 2012

From the Press Room at RR: The 2011 Northwest Region Rowing Awards

Source: Press Release Submitted by Bill Zack, Acting Secretary, Northwest Rowing Council

The Northwest Rowing Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Northwest Region Rowing Awards. The awards are presented by Pocock Racing Shells with special thanks to the Lake Washington Rowing Club. The Northwest Rowing Awards Reception will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club starting at 6:30 PM.

2011 Northwest Region Coach of the Year - Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan is the head coach of the University of Washington men’s rowing team. Under Coach Callahan’s guidance, the Huskies had an outstanding 2011 season. At the Pac-10 championships the University of Washington won the team points trophy as well as winning the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four titles while the freshman / novice eight won the silver medals. Coach Callahan was named the 2011 Pac-10 coach of the year. At the IRA championships, UW won the Ten Eyck Cup team points title and individual titles in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and open four events along with a silver medal for the freshmen crew. Coach Callahan went on to coach the United States straight four at the World Rowing Under – 23 Championships.

2011 Northwest Region Athlete/Crew of the Year - Nancy Miles; University of Washington Men’s Rowing Team

Nancy Miles rowed for the Seattle Rowing Center in 2011 and entered her first sculling races during the spring racing season. She won the gold medal in the single at the USRowing Northwest District Championships. At the USRowing Youth National Championships she won the bronze medal in the single. Nancy went on to represent the United States at the World Rowing Junior Championships in the quadruple sculls event. She and her teammates placed fourth, the highest finish ever for the United States in that event. Nancy is now a freshman at Stanford University.

The University of Washington men’s rowing team had a phenomenal year in 2011. At the Pac-10 championships the University of Washington men won the team points trophy as well as winning the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four titles while the freshman / novice eight won the silver medals. Four members of the team were named all-Pac-10. Sixteen of the Husky student-athletes were selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. At the IRA championships, UW won the Ten Eyck Cup team points title and individual titles in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and open four events. The freshmen eight won the silver medals. Numerous Washington oarsmen raced during the summer on the World Cup circuit as well as at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships and the Pan American Games. Three UW rowers were in the United States eight that won the gold medal at the U-23 Championships.

2011 Northwest Region Contributors of the Year - Bob Cummins, Anna Cummins, and Karen Calara

Bob and Anna Cummins of Cummins Chiropractic and Karen Calara of The Next Step Physical Therapy are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the rowing community in the Pacific Northwest. They give willingly of their time to help all levels of the rowing community; elite, masters, juniors, and recreational. They have instructed and consulted on a wide range of topics, including health and wellness for rowers, stretching, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. They set a shining example of the spirit of cooperation in the sport of rowing throughout the Northwest Region.

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