The 2005 national championship women’s volleyball team heads the list of 2010 Husky Hall of Fame inductees. The 2005 volleyball national champion team went 32-1 and won the Pac-10 with a 17-1 record. Three players earned national honors: Courtney Thompson was the Honda Award winner and CVU.com’s National Setter of the Year; Sanja Tomasevic was named National Player of the Year by Asics and CVU.com; and Candace Lee was named Asics National Defensive Player of the Year. Tomasevic was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Jim McLaughin was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The 2005 team also placed four players on the All-Pac-10 first team (Alesha Deesing, Christal Morrison, Lee and Tomasevic) and two players on the All-Pac-10 All-Academic first team (Lee and Thompson).
Other athletes inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in September include:
- Tina Frimpong, who played women’s soccer at the UW from 2001-2004 and was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year
- Kristina Kraszewski, ’01, a three-time All-American women’s tennis player who played at the UW from 1997-2001
- Benji Olson, an offensive lineman who was the Huskies’ only two-time first-team Associated Press All-American. He played for the Huskies from 1995-1997
- Eldridge Recasner, ’90, a three-time All-Pac-10 basketball guard who played eight years in the NBA. He played for the Huskies from 1987-1990
- Jennifer Spediacci, ’01, an All-American pitcher who led the UW to four consecutive College Softball World Series berths from 1997-2000
The UW football team is second among Pac-10 schools in the latest Graduation Success Rate report released in October by the NCAA. Based on players who started school in 2003, the UW football team had an 82 percent success rate. Stanford was first at 86 percent. The national average is 69 percent.
Led by three golfers who placed in the top 20, the UW women’s golf team tied for fourth place at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Nevada in October. Meanwhile, the men’s golf team finished 11th at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in October in Georgia.
The UW Board of Regents has approved a $3.5 million budget for the construction of a new team facility for Husky Ballpark, the first phase in a two-phase renovation plan for the baseball complex.
Tim Lincecum, the former Huskies pitching star, was named one of the Top 100 San Francisco Giants Players of All Time, according to the website bleacherreport.com. Lincecum, the Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2006, is a three-time All-Star who has won two Cy Young awards.
The UW women’s soccer team pulled one of the biggest upsets in school history by defeating No. 2 Portland 10-9 in penalty kicks to advance to the Round of 16 of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament on Nov. 14. It is the third time the Huskies have advanced to the Round of 16.
The UW won the men’s eights race in near-record time on the second day of the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 24. The Huskies’ winning time of 14:00.40 was just a second off the course record of 13:58.99.