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Remembering Blake Nordstrom, '82

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the unexpected passing of alumnus and long-time Washington Rowing Steward Blake Nordstrom, ‘82, on Jan. 2, 2019.

Blake was the consummate oarsman and teammate. He highly valued his years rowing at Washington, and was a dedicated Steward to the program since the 80’s. Not only did he value the sport itself, and the life-long friendships he made as a student-athlete, but he was also a committed mentor to many students throughout the years. He stopped at nothing to improve the lives of these young people, and was humble but dedicated; a tireless worker and advocate for the sport – and Washington – throughout his life.

George Pocock said this: “In a sport like this – hard work, not much glory . . . well, there must be some beauty which ordinary men can’t see, but extraordinary men do.”

Blake Nordstrom was an extraordinary man.  We send our deepest sympathies to Blake’s family, classmates and friends.

UW Alum Guregian Wins Gold at World Rowing Championships - Sept. 16. 2018

Former UW coxswain Katelin Snyder Guregian ’09 led the United States women’s eight to the gold medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria Sunday.

She was one of a long list of Huskies who competed at the regatta. Read the full story here.

Title IX Sisterhood Shell Dedication – May 4, 2018

On Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. on the eve of the 32nd Windermere Cup, the University of Washington Women’s Rowing team will inaugurate its newest racing shell, the Title IX Sisterhood on the docks of Conibear Shellhouse. The shell is a gift to the UW from women who rowed in the ‘70’s at Washington.

Rowing out of the original boathouse (the “Canoe House)” on the Montlake Cut as an intramural sport, it was in the fall of 1975 that the women moved to Conibear Shellhouse and were recognized for the first time as a varsity sport at Washington. Title IX (signed into law in 1972) provided the framework for this advancement, but it was the women themselves that faced the day to day challenge of re-defining women’s athletics during this time.

The Title IX Sisterhood racing shell celebrates the friendships and camaraderie built during the 70’s and 80’s as the women’s team emerged into a varsity sport at Washington.

Through these challenges – and the building of the team on the water – these women forged a bond that remains strong to this day. The gifting of the Title IX Sisterhood is a recognition of these teams and a reflection of the women who built the early rowing program at Washington, while also celebrating the hard work and strong friendships built among the student-athletes who row out of Conibear Shellhouse today.

We invite you to join the Women’s Rowing Team May 4 as we dedicate our newest shell, the Title IX Sisterhood with our traditional ceremony at Washington: the pouring of Finish Line water over the bow, the launching of the shell into the water, and the first row out of the opening at Conibear Shellhouse.

The Title IX Sisterhood will be raced for the first time the following day at Windermere Cup/Opening Day on May 5.

Class of 1968’s 50th Reunion

Come back to the band of brothers from a half century ago. Share memories, laugh, maybe shed a tear.

WHEN: Friday, March 23: Washington Rowing Banquet Saturday, March 24: 7 a.m. – breakfast & easy paddle, Around 9:30 – Help Class of ‘18 launch, watch racing.

WHERE: Conibear Shellhouse

WHO: All members of the 1968 class

COST: $10 for breakfast

PARKING: Pay-to-Park: E12 or E18 MORE

INFO: Jim Clark at

Peg Achterman, '82, Delivered Powerful Keynote at 2018 Women's Alumnae Brunch

Peg Achterman, ’82, delivered a powerful keynote speech entitled “Fierceness, Persistence, Wisdom” at the 3rd annual Women’s Alumnae Brunch on February 3, 2018 at Conibear Shellhouse.

Full text and photos here. 

Remembering Husky Hall-of-Famer Roger Baird, ‘51

Left to right, coxswain Tren Griffin, Roger Baird, and coach Al Ulbrickson on the docks of Conibear Shellhouse in 1951.

The Washington Rowing family was saddened to hear of the passing of Hall-of-Famer Roger Baird, ’51, on July 14, 2017.

Roger was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the fall of 2000, along with many of his ‘48-‘50 teammates, as recognition for the dominant performances of the Washington Rowing team during that era. Both the 1948 and the 1950 teams swept the river, with Baird playing a critical role as stroke of the Frosh 8 in 1948 and stroke of the Varsity 8 in 1950. In fact, he is one of the few oarsmen in Washington history to win a gold medal in all three IRA major events, stroking to victory the Frosh 8 in ‘48, the JV 8 in ’49, and the V8 in ’50.

“He stroked every day of his career,” said classmate Tren Griffin, ‘51, “and he gave everything on every stroke, so much so that there were days where I thought I was going to have to carry him out of the shell. Besides being a wonderful person, I believe he was one of the greatest stroke oars in Washington history.”

A graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Roger was a Forestry major who flew in the Navy after graduation and ended up a pilot for United Airlines for 35 years, ultimately retiring in the Maple Valley area.

Roger defined the exceptional nature of the athletes and crews of his era, and the entire Washington Rowing family would like to extend our condolences to his family, friends and teammates during this time.

A memorial service will be held for Roger on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m. at Judson Park, 23900 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines, WA 98198.

Class of 1988 Reunions

The 1988 Women’s team is planning a 30-year reunion in 2018. Thinking about a reunion for the spring of 2018? If so, contact Eric Cohen at and let us know your plans!

Class of 1967’s 50th Reunion

Come back to the band of brothers from a half century ago. Share memories, laugh, maybe shed a tear.

WHEN: Friday, March 24: Washington Rowing Banquet

Saturday, March 25: 7 a.m. – breakfast & easy paddle, Around 9:30 – Help Class of ‘17 launch, watch racing.

WHERE: Conibear Shellhouse WHO: All members of the 1967 class

COST: $10 for breakfast PARKING: Pay-to-Park: E8, E9, E12 or E18

MORE INFO: Dave Kroeger at



Washington Rowing coxswain and team historian, Eric Cohen, ’82, will be honored this Saturday, Nov. 19, during the Arizona State football game. The Dave and Ruth Cohn Alumni Merit Award is one of the most distinguished awards Husky Athletics bestows upon former student-athletes. Come out to Husky Stadium and congratulate Eric on his many contributions to Washington Rowing.


2016-olympians-at-husky-gameCongratulations to our 2016 Olympians for getting recognized and representing Husky Nation strong at the UW vs. USC football game on Nov. 12. 


tailgate-at-conibearSpecial thanks to Dave Herness, ’91, Zach Hershberger,’15, and Chef Charlie Malley, ‘01, for cooking and hosting a fun alumni tailgate for loyal Husky alumni and friends last Saturday before the USC football game. If you missed it, come out next year.


head-of-the-rivers-four-2016-alumsSeveral Washington Rowing alums raced recently at the Head of the River Fours in London. Here are the results:
• Henry Meek, ’15: 1st – Elite 4+ – Cambridge Goldie BC II
• Alexander Malowany: ‘15 – Elite 4+ – 4th – Cambridge Goldie BC III 
• Jacob Dawson, ’16: 1st – Elite 4 – Leander VI
• Dusan Milovanovic, ’13: 3rd – Elite 4 – ISIS I
• Ruth Whyman, ’15: 3rd Elite 4 – Molesey BC IV


Cheer on the UW Alumni Eight racing at the Head of the Charles on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 12:17 p.m. EST.

Cox: Greg King, ‘05
Stroke: Alex Perkins, ’15 – US National Team
7: Robert Munn, ’12 – Rio Olympics; USA
6: Conlin McCabe, ’13 – London and Rio Olympics; Canada
5: Alex Bunkers, ‘13 – US National Team
4: Ante Kusurin, ’05 – Beijing Olympics; Croatia
3: Colin Philips, ‘06
2: Alan Meininghaus, ‘12
Bow: Tom Lehmann, ’12 – Beijing Olympics; Germany

>>Full schedule 

The Washington men’s rowing program will begin the 2016-2017 season this weekend in Cambridge, Mass., at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition. Washington will be featured in the men’s championship eight race held on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:20 p.m. EST.

>>Full story here.

Join us at the Husky Hospitality Tent as the races pass by. Meet the Husky men’s rowing team before they boat up and race, and reconnect with fellow alumni and friends. Light snacks and libations will be served. The tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Husky Hospitality tent is back in its previous location on the Boston side of the river just upstream of the Eliot Bridge and will be marked by our white oar blades and a UW flag. It is not part of Reunion Village. Contact Charlie Clapp at CECX3@HOTMAIL.COM with questions.

10th Annual Dave McLean Memorial Golf Classic , Aug. 13

Friends of Washington Rowing are invited to the 10th Annual Dave McLean Memorial Golf Classic on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Tam’O Shanter Golf and Country Club in Bellevue. Proceeds go to the Dave McLean Endowment scholarship fund for Washington rowers.  For more info and to register go to or email Pete McLean at 


1961 UW RowingMembers and guests of the classes of 1961 and 1962 gathered at the Seattle Yacht Club in early April to celebrate their 55th and 54th reunions. Classmates came from as far as Mexico, California and Nevada to join their friends and relive their years at Conibear and in the Pocock shells. Although not as frisky as some earlier gatherings, it was a nostalgic and laugh-filled evening as the celebrants recalled successes on the water and pranks on both land and water. Read the full story here.


Class of 66 reunion row Haunreiter

Few reading these words knew Steve Haunreiter. Steve rowed at two in the Class of ‘66 frosh boat that lost the IRA by 0.3 seconds back in 1963. Steve (“Larry” on the Board in the Shellhouse) picked up a Big W the following year but eventually the pressures of studying chemical engineering and paying for school forced him to give up rowing. Read the full story here.


Mary Whipple UW Hall of FameThe University of Washington announced that coxswain Mary Whipple, ’02, will be inducted into the 2016 Husky Hall of Fame class. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 22 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Event details are scheduled to be released in late summer. For more information on the Husky Hall of Fame, visit

Check out this fun video of the “Dare Dever” segment from KING 5’s Evening Magazine featuring Mary.


The Warren A. Helgerson boat christening ceremony at the University of Washington on February 27, 2016. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)

One of the long-standing traditions at Conibear Shellhouse is christening new shells when they are delivered. On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, the Warren Helgerson, a Pocock racing shell, was christened in a special ceremony on Conibear Dock. In attendance were Helgerson’s family, current rowers, coaches and alumni. The boat was donated by the Helgerson family and honors Warren’s life and legacy. Helgerson, ’52, was a two-time National Champion and a Bronze Star Recipient in the U.S. Navy. Helgerson’s two sons rowed for Washington and his grandson is a current rower on the men’s squad. See more photos here.

Husky Alumni Take 3rd place at the Head of the Charles


Washington Rowing alums had a great performance at the 2015 Head of the Charles, coming in third in the men’s alumni eight race. Huskies include: 8: Scott Gault, ’05; 7: Brett Newlin, ’05; 6: Mathis Jessen, ’12; 5: Alex Bunkers, ’13; 4: Ambrose Puttmann, ’12; 3: Colin Phillips, ’06; 2: Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05; 1: Christopher Culbert, ’10; and c: Greg King, ’05

>>2015 Head of the Charles Men’s Alumni Eights Results

Join Washington Women's Rowing Alums on Facebook

FB logo largerHusky women alumnae – let’s get social!

Please join the Washington Women’s Rowing Alums private group on Facebook to stay connected and keep up on what’s happening in the world of women’s rowing.

Class of 1966 50th Reunion


Attention, class of 1966! It’s reunion time.

Come back to the band of brothers from a half century ago. Share memories, laugh and maybe shed a tear.

WHEN: Friday, March 25: VBC Banquet;
Saturday, March 26: 7 a.m. – breakfast & easy paddle; Around 9:30 – Help Class of ‘16 launch, watch racing.
WHERE: Conibear Shellhouse
WHO: All members of the 1966 class
COST: $10 for breakfast plus VBC Banquet ticket
PARKING: Pay-to-Park: E8, E9, E12 or E1
MORE INFO: Bill Collins at

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…most ex-oarsmen will tell you they learned more fundamentally important lessons in the racing shell than in the classroom.
– George Pocock