The University of Washington Husky Teams
With a long history of excellence, the UW Husky teams are competitive!
UW Husky Sports History
Athletics have almost always played an important role in the history and traditions of the University of Washington dating back, over a hundred years, to 1903 when an estimated 5,000 people attended the first intercollegiate rowing race between California and Washington. In 1922, a student committee selected the “Husky” as the replacement mascot for the intangible “Sun Dodger”, a term in reference to the local weather-related conditions.
The school colors are purple and gold, chosen by student vote in 1892. The UW has 21 varsity athletic programs that are NCAA Division 1 within the Pac-12 conference. The official nickname for the school athletic teams, students and alumni are the “Huskies”, or more informally “The Dawgs”. The costumed school mascot is named “Harry the Husky”. As for a long list of past actual Husky breed mascot dogs, the current live dog is named “Dubs”, in reference to the slang term for the University of Washington being ‘U-Dub’.
Most of the athletic facilities and sporting fields are located along the southern and eastern edges of the campus property. These facilities include the recently renovated Husky Stadium. The stadium serves the football, track and field programs, seats approximately 70,000 spectators and is one of the most scenic college stadiums in all the country. As of March 19, 2016, the Huskies are also served by light rail that runs from downtown directly to the grand concourse housed underground at the west end of the stadium. The Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion houses the basketball, volleyball and gymnastics programs. Husky ballpark serves the baseball program. Other facilities include the Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium; golf is played at the Washington National Golf Club. Dempsey Indoor is for track and field and football.
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Husky football has been consistently competitive for many years, having won national championships in 1960 and 1991, along with multiple bowl appearances and wins. Huskies football holds the NCAA record for the most consecutive wins, going unbeaten in 64 games, between 1907 to 1917.
Conibear Shellhouse is home to the rowing program and named for Hiram Conibear, coach of the UW rowing program from 1907-1917. Since 1901 the University of Washington has been a premier rowing power in the waters along the shores of Lake Washington, in all of the United States and all around the world. The rowing and crew programs at the University of Washington have proven to be some of the most dominant collegiate athletic programs of any type at any university, winning over 30 national titles. In addition to numerous national titles the UW Rowing programs have produced 15 individual Olympic gold medals, two silver and five bronze. One of the most notable victories for UW rowing came at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where the UW Huskies rowing team handily beat the both the Italian and German teams, much to the disappointment of one Adolf Hitler.