This gives me goosebumps even days later. A much-needed shot in the arm for UW. Notice how much the camera shakes!
Winning National Championships sure seems to get you lots of attention. Today, that attention comes from Congressman Jim McDermott, who read the following statement into yesterday’s Congressional Record:
You can read the PDF here.
HON. JIM McDERMOTT
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
- Mr. MCDERMOTT. Madam Speaker, I would like to submit the following:
University of Washington Men’s Rowing Team and Honored Guests,
I write to give my hearty congratulations to the University of Washington’s men’s rowing team for earning their 12th varsity eight national championship, the 107th IRA Regatta, and sweeping the eights on the way to a historic four golds and five medals overall.
This astounding overall performance was capped by a thrilling come-from-behind victory over arch-rival California and I would like to take this time to commend the varsity rowers on their fine performance. Heath Allen, Aljosa Corovic, Will Crothers, Steve Full, Rob Gibson, Jesse Johnson, Max Lang, Katelin Snyder, and David Worley have earned my utmost admiration, as have all the members of the University of Washington’s rowing team, down to the last rower in the boathouse.
What makes this victory so impressive is the volume of dominance exhibited by this extremely deep team. The varsity eight winning gold is an impressive feat in itself, but to sweep the eights is the highest testament to the dedication of the team and the culture of hard work and determination established by Coach Bob Ernst.
Since 1903, when the University of Washington first participated in intercollegiate rowing, our crews have established themselves as the toughest and most determined crews in the country. This year’s crews have continued that tradition by emphatically putting the “gold” back in the purple and gold.
I am extremely proud to represent you in Congress and I know that with the foundation of hard work instilled in these young rowers by their coach and the University of Washington, there are no limits to what they will go on to accomplish in life.