Washington’s Andrew Gaard, a senior from Madison, Wis., has been named the inaugural USRowing Under 23 Male Athlete of the Year. Gaard was selected by the athletes and coaches of the team that competed at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Poznan, Poland.
Gaard stroked the United States men’s eight at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, one of six Huskies in that boat, which was coached by UW men’s coach Michael Callahan. The U.S. crew won the gold medal, winning the grand final about two-and-a-half seconds head of Great Britain.
Last spring, Gaard rowed in the UW second varsity eight that won the Pac-12 Championship and then won the silver medal in the varsity eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. He has also won IRA gold in the third varsity eight in 2017 and in the freshman eight in 2016.