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Matthew Medalia
Height: 6'5"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Edmonds, Wash.
High School: Bishop Blanchet

Who is an athlete you try to emulate?
I do not have any single athlete I try to emulate. I do my absolute best to be the best athlete, competitor, and teammate I can be. There have been many great competitors in our history, and I cannot just pick one that I admire. I try to find what was the strongest aspect of each of them, and incorporate that aspect into how I compete.

What is your favorite class you have taken at UW?
I have only been here for two quarters, but one class that I enjoyed in particular was Astronomy, "Exploration of the Moon". It was captivating, something like watching a new special on History Channel every lecture. The professor was great and he made class something to be enjoyed.

What is your favorite memory as a Husky?
My favorite memory as a Husky was the Head of the Lake Regatta this past fall. I love racing and getting out on the water against some other crews was a lot of fun.

What is your rowing background?
I just began my fourth year of rowing in the spring of this year. Before coming to the UW, I began rowing with Green Lake Crew in my Sophomore year of High School. My friend got me to try it on a whim, and I immediately fell in love with the sport. At the end of my first spring season I was given the opportunity to race Henley Royal Regatta in England. I have also trained and competed with the United States Junior National Team, and traveling in 2012 to Berlin, Germany to compete in the US High Performance Team. In 2013 I was again given the opportunity to race at Henley Royal with my home crew of Green Lake, and we performed well, racing all the way to Friday, the furthest Green Lake has ever competed. Before coming to Washington, I was captain of my high school swim team, and played football.

If you could be an athlete in another sport, what sport would it be?
If I could be an athlete in another sport, I would want to play football. I played in high school, and loved the competitive nature of the sport.

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