Husky Athletics 101
By Lesley Love
The 2018 season proved that the Huskies were still hungry for victory after their prior season of broken records. Head coach Chris Peterson holds the reputation for creating a program built to last as his team won their sixth straight victory at the Apple Cup. Senior tailback Myles Gaskin rushed over 1,000 yards for his fourth consecutive season with the Dawgs. The Huskies ended the season as Pac-12 champions and went to the Rose Bowl, but fell just short of victory. Despite Washington losing 22 seniors from its roster for the 2019 season, their recruiting class is ranked No. 17 in the nation. Bringing in Jacob Eason, a transfer from the University of Georgia, to take over for Jake Browning as the quarterback should make it another fun year for Washington football.
After many seasons of upsets and adversity, the Huskies’ best season since 2010 is now in the books. With the transition from coach Romar to coach Hopkins, the four key senior players (Matisse Thybulle, Noah Dickerson, David Crisp, and Dominic Green), helped turn the program around, leading them to win the Pac-12 regular season title. The Huskies also made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 but were defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second round. With a few new five-star recruits for the 2020 season, the Huskies are definitely still on the rise.
It was another year of rebuilding for the Husky women as they finished the 2018 season 2-15 in the Pac-12 conference. Junior guard Amber Melgoza had a season-high of 32 points against Stanford in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, but offensively the rest of the team couldn’t follow her lead. Despite the disappointing conference season, the Huskies still have fight for better seasons to come. The Huskies will be keeping all of their key players for the 2020 season including sophomore Missy Peterson and leading scorer Amber Melgoza.
After the fast early season start, the Huskies struggled to gain a victory during mid-season as their loss to Stanford marked their ninth straight loss in conference play. Pitcher Jordan Jones had some ups and downs, giving Stanford a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but came through with a stretch of striking out seven of eight batters he faced. Aside from the challenging battles against their conference opponents, the Huskies have a winning record against non-conference teams. Sophomore Jack Enger has been a very effective player for the Huskies, striking out 21 batters in his first 12 innings. With key players Enger, junior Leo Nierenberg, junior Chris Micheles, and sophomore Stevie Samuels continuing to make effective plays, the Dawgs are staying alive on the diamond.
Washington continues to dominate the Pac-12 as sophomore pitcher Gabbie Plain earned her seventh shutout of the season against the Arizona State Sun Devils, including an 11-strikeout performance. From here, the Huskies are in a great position to stay at the top of their game for the rest of the season and the next. With the Huskies keeping Gabbie Plain, junior catcher Morgan Flores, and the hard hitter freshman Madison Huskey, 2020 looks to be another season of success.
The beach Dawgs started off the 2019 season with losses to Cal and UCLA at the Bear Down Beach Tournament in Arizona, largely due to missing key players Kara Bajema, Samantha Drechsel, Avie Niece and Lauren Sanders, who were attending the U.S. National Team open tryout. After the beach Dawgs dropped another match to Arizona State, they were able to pull off wins against Portland and Oregon. Finishing the Pac-12 tournament with wins and losses, the beach Dawgs headed to Hawaii where they split day two of the Queen’s Cup.
There’s a reason they call Washington “Rowing U.” Both the men’s and women’s crew dominated throughout their 2017 season with the women winning all but two collegiate races (not regattas, races) the entire year and sweeping the NCAA Championships. The men nearly did the same, sweeping the Pac 12 Championships and winning the Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy at the IRA Championships. The 2018 season saw similar results on both sides with the Huskies taking eight of 10 races at the annual Cal Duel against Berkeley at Redwood Shores in California.
After a season of improvements, Washington finished the season placing third out of four teams at regionals in Corvallis, Oregon. The Huskies got off to a strong start, leading the meet by .225 after the first rotation, but weren’t able to hold the lead against No. 5 Denver and No. 12 Boise State. Dealing with a number of injuries this season, the Huskies had to rely more on freshmen than prior seasons.