Ex Cal and KING Swimmer, Matt Benoit, Being Treated for Cancer

Written by Mark Johnson on December 16th, 2014

Former Cal and KING swimmer, Matt Benoit, son of former UW swimmer, Kalany Benoit, is now being treated for cancer on his pancreas and liver.  Matt’s chemotherapy treatments began in late October in Seattle after relocating from the Bay Area.  He has received contributions from many generous individuals in the swimming community.  His family and the swimming community in general invite you to help defray some of Matt’s medical expenses.  You can go www.teambenoit.tumblr.com.  to make a contribution.


Husky Swimming Foundation Gala — Reminder!

Written by Mark Johnson on October 21st, 2014

This year’s Gala is this coming Friday, October 24th, at 50 North beginning at 6pm.

50 North is located at:  5001 25th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA  98105.  The Landing Banquet Room is upstairs.

Auction items, good food supplied by Green Apple Events and Catering and fellow Husky swimming alums await.  Come one, come all.

For more information, call Mark Johnson at 206-250-8258 or e-mail Mark at mark@huskyswimmingfoundation.com.

See you Friday.

Inaugural Mark Prothero Award to Earl Ellis

Written by Mark Johnson on October 15th, 2014

Longtime UW Swim Coach, Earl Ellis, will be awarded the first-ever Mark Prothero Award at the Husky Swimming Foundation Gala on October 24th.  Not surprisingly, Earl was a unanimous selection of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Earl coached All Americans in three different decades as well as male and female Olympic medalists.  His won-loss percentage is one of the highest of any sport at the University of Washington, but his longtime influence over swimmers from every era is what defined Earl’s time at the University of Washington.  A member of the Husky Hall of Fame, Earl currently is enjoying retirement in Eastern Washington, but will be present for the award presentation at this year’s Gala.

The Mark Prothero Award is awarded to an individual for their outstanding performance as a swimmer, volunteer or coach at the University of Washington and his/her longtime commitment to the swimming community in the Northwest.  The award is in honor of Mark Prothero, four-year letter winner at the UW, longtime age-group and high school coach in the area and a founding member of the Husky Swimming Foundation.  He had enormous influence in the lives of hundreds of teenage athletes.  His presence is missed, but his influence continues on.

The Pac 12′s Return to Federal Way

Written by Mark Johnson on October 13th, 2014

World and National Records Fall to Husky Rick Colella

Written by Mark Johnson on August 28th, 2014

On August 17th, Husky All-American and Hall of Fame member, Rick C0lella, broke his own USMS national record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:21.99.  Later that same day, Rick broke his own USMS and World Record in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:40.66, breaking his own record by more than two seconds.  Congratulations, Rick!  The Huskies continue to make waves.

Gala Item of the Day

Written by Mark Johnson on August 15th, 2014

“Negative Split:  The Rick DeMont Story” will be auctioned off after the screening of the film at this year’ s Gala on October 24th.  Truly a unique item given that there are limited copies of the film and one that features an ex-Husky!  For more information and to see a trailer of the film, go to:  http://www.negativesplitmovie.com/index.php?_url=index.html.



2014 Gala Items, cont.

Written by Mark Johnson on August 11th, 2014

Items continue to come in for the 2014 Husky Swimming Foundation Gala.  This week starts off with news that Husky swimming memorabilia, including record boards, warm-ups (including the popular deck jackets) and trophies from Husky swimming history will be included in this year’s silent auction.  Look for more news on here and on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/huskyswimmingfoundation/


2014 Vintage is Here

Written by Mark Johnson on August 5th, 2014

Bottle 4 $25 in both merlot and chardonnay; $300 per case.  All proceeds to benefit the Husky Swimming Foundation.  Attend the 2014 Husky Swimming Foundation Gala on October 24th to get your Husky Swimming Private Reserve.

Don’t forget!

Written by Mark Johnson on July 23rd, 2014

STD Gala

Husky Invitational Qualifying Update

Written by Mark Johnson on July 17th, 2014

Attention all college coaches planning on attending the 2014 Husky Invitational, December 5th-7th:  Qualifying standards for college swimmers are being waived, per usual.  Qualifying standards for USA Swimming members are listed below.