November 11, 2008

Wu, Huffman Honored by NCAA

Nov. 11, 2008

Providence, R.I. - The NCAA announced today that two Brown student-athletes have received the 2008 Sportsmanship Award. Sarah Wu '08 and Damon Huffman '08 were honored for their status as positive role models in sportsmanship and ethical conduct throughout their careers, as well as their exemplary achievements in athletics.

As a member of the women's crew, Sarah Wu enjoyed an extraordinary career, both on and off the water. During her freshman season, the team finished third at the NCAA Championships, the lowest that they would place in Wu's four years. In 2006, the crew returned to the NCAA's, where Cal narrowly edged them for the national championship, giving the Bears the silver. However, in Wu's final two seasons, Brown won back-to-back NCAA Championships, with Wu coxing the varsity 8 at both regattas. The Bears also captured first place at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England, an event that draws elite level competition. For her superb work in guiding the Bears, Wu was honored as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American in 2008, and was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American At-Large Team.

While playing on the men's basketball team, Huffman also had an impressive career, starting 90 games during his four years, and leaves as a top-10 performer in several categories. As a freshman, Huffman made an immediate impact by starting 16 games, and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, only the second Brown player to ever receive the award. In 2005-06, Huffman began to assume a leadership role, starting every game and ranking near the top of the team across the boards offensively. He continued to improve as a junior, finishing seventh in the Ivy League in scoring, and was awarded Honorable Mention All-Ivy status. Huffman was also the recipient of the Rusty Taylor '71 Coaches Award for dedication and loyalty to the team. Last season, Huffman enjoyed the best year of his career individually, and helped propel the Bears to one of the best seasons in school history. Brown set a school record for wins with 19, and finished second in the Ivy League behind only Cornell. Huffman was one of three players to start every game, and finished the season as the 10th-leading scorer in Brown history. He also set a new record for career three-pointers made, and ranks fifth all-time in steals. For his terrific individual efforts, Huffman was named to the First Team All-Ivy squad.