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Farooq to be inducted into National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame


May 27, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. -- In her long history as an athlete, coach and commentator of rowing, there are few aspects of the sport that former Badger Yasmin Farooq hasn't conquered. Her achievements in each category will now be forever recognized as Farooq will be among seven individuals and one boat inducted into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame on May 31.

The Waupun, Wis., native's crew career began at the University of Wisconsin. Upon joining the UW women's rowing team as a freshman in 1984, Farooq took to her role as coxswain immediately. She competed with the Badgers for four years, won a national championship with the second varsity eight in 1986, and was voted team captain and team MVP during her senior year.

But Farooq's rowing career wouldn't end with graduation; beginning in 1989, she served as coxswain for the U.S. national women's eight for eight consecutive years. During this time, Farooq competed in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and was selected by her teammates to be captain of the crew that rowed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Farooq and the national women's eight also earned three silver medals at the World Rowing Championships in 1990, 1993 and 1994, before capturing the United States' first gold medal in women's rowing at the 1995 World Championships in Finland.

Farooq has also earned a great deal of respect on the coaching front. In her eighth season as head coach of the Stanford women's rowing team, she led the Cardinal to its first NCAA rowing championship in program history in 2009. The successful season led to Farooq's selection as the Division I National Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Association in 2009.

Under her leadership, Stanford has finished within the top two teams in five of the past six years at the Pac-12 Championships and earned two national titles and seven medals amongst its top two boats at the NCAAs since 2008.

Farooq has guided her athletes to success outside of rowing as well. During her eight years of coaching at Stanford, 81 athletes have been selected to the All-Pac-12 Academic First Team and Second Team and 53 athletes received Collegiate Rowing Association Scholar Athlete Awards. The program also won both the Pac-12 and NCAA Sportsmanship Awards in 2010.

On the international stage, Farooq was selected to coach the U.S. Women's Eight at the 2013 Under-23 World Rowing Championships, where she helped the team to a gold-medal finish.

Given her extensive experience in the sport, Farooq has shared her knowledge as a rowing analyst as well. She served as a commentator during the NBC telecasts of the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, and has consistently commentated for Universal Sports and FISA during the World Rowing Championships since 2008.

The 2014 National Rowing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 31 at the Princeton Marriott in Princeton, N.J.

Among other Badgers in the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame are Carie Graves, Peggy McCarthy, Mandi Kowal, Beau Hoopman, Robert Espeseth, Eric Aserlind and Tim Mickelson as members of entire boats that were inducted. UW's 1946 varsity eight, along with coach Allen Walz, are also inductees, as is former women's assistant coach Karen Rigsby.

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