The 2016 Husky Swimming Invitational will be held January 22nd through January 24th at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. The 67th edition of this meet will feature a change in format in hopes of luring a national class field. All prelims will be held on the short-course 25 yard pools per usual. The evening Finals will be held on the long-course 50m pool. This format gives college and local club swimmers an opportunity to qualify for post-season meets for colleges and clubs AND we hope by extending Finals to 50m, swimmers wanting to make Olympic Trials cuts can do so early in the season in anticipation for next year’s Olympic Trials. Contact Mark Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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/