Brockman, Solo Honored By Seattle P-I

Jan. 21, 2009

SEATTLE - University of Washington forward Jon Brockman and former All-America Husky goalkeeper Hope Solo were selected from a group of 10 finalists Wednesday night as the winners of the P-I Sports Stars of the Year.

The awards were handed-out at the 74th Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year banquet, held downtown at the Westin Seattle. Brockman was in attendance to accept his award, while Solo was unable to make the banquet but spoke by phone from Los Angeles where she is in training with the U.S. National Team.

A total of 32 UW-related individuals have earned Sports Star of the Year honors since the awards began in 1936. The newspaper annually awards a male and female award winner and the UW has taken-home the female award in each of the last four years.

In 1995 and 2006, UW volleyball stars Chrystal Morrison and Courtney Thompson earned the award. Last year, softball All-America and Canadian Olympic Team member Danielle Lawrie won the honors. The last Husky male to win the award was quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo in 1999.

The other finalists for this year's male award included: Washington State hurdler Jeshua Anderson, Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, USC safety and Seattle native Taylor Mays and San Francisco Giants pitcher (and former UW All-America) Tim Lincecum - the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.

On the women's side, the finalists included: Seattle Pacific University soccer player Meredith Teague, jockey Jennifer Whitaker, Olympic gold medal rowers (and former UW champions) Anna Cummins adn Mary Whipple and the NCAA champion Washington women's cross country team. The cross country squad is believed to be the only team represented in the history of the award.

Brockman, a candidate for national player of the year and All-America honors, recently set the school's all-time rebounding record and has led the Huskies in scoring all four of his seasons as a collegian. The Snohomish, Wash. native led the Pac-10 in rebounding the last two seasons and entered this year as as the top returning national leader in that category.

Solo, a former UW All-American at goalkeeper, won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics and was recently drafted by the St. Louis Athletica in the new Women's Professional Soccer league. The Richland, Wash. native was represented by UW coach Lesle Gallimore at the banquet.

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