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Q & A with Washington's Ante Kusurin
Release: 05/12/2005
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May 12, 2005

The Washington men's and women's rowing teams begin postseason competition this weekend when they travel to Sacramento, Calif. for the Pac-10 Rowing Championships. The conference regatta is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova.

Junior Ante Kusurin (Zagreb, Croatia) rows in Washington's fourth-ranked men's varsity eight crew. He spent a few minutes with, talking about the season and describing his thoughts on the upcoming Pac-10 Championships. What are your thoughts about the Windermere Cup on Saturday?

Ante Kusurin: "It was a wonderful experience and I think that we made some significant improvements. The boat is feeling much faster and light than it has so far this season. I am really excited and I think that the guys did a great job. Stevie (coxswain Hertzfeld) took his job really professionally and really made improvements to the boat just by being there." How were the spectators at Saturday's Windermere Cup regatta?

AK: "The Windermere is by far the best atmosphere that I have ever encountered. I don't think in any rowing regatta you will find as many people as there were here. The crowd was great and the thing that I like about the Windermere Cup is whether we win or lose, the crowd is always right behind us." Did you come to Washington on a recruiting visit?

AK: "I got interested in U.S. colleges on my own. I sent letters to California, Washington, Harvard and Princeton. I decided that I would rather go to Washington. Washington gave me a scholarship right away and I really want to give them back what they gave to me." You spent last year training with the Croatian National Team. How was that experience?

AK: "Last year I tried to row for the Croatian National Team to try and qualify for the Olympics. It didn't work out as planned because there were a lot of issues with politics on the national team. However, it was a really nice experience taking a year off because I was able to get some rest and come back here stronger than I was before." Will spending that year training in Croatia help you in the future?

AK: "I think that things are going to look much better for me in the future with both the national team and here at the University of Washington. I have learned what I have to do in order to be successful and overall I think that it helped me a lot. I think that I did what I had to do and it was a good decision." What are your thoughts on the upcoming Pac-10 Championships?

AK: "I think that Cal is extremely well prepared and they are going to be extremely hard to beat, but they are not unbeatable. I think that we are going to do very well." What are your plans after college?

AK: "I have a couple of things that I am thinking about. I am either going to try and go to Oxford or Cambridge and stay there. Or I could go for the Croatian national team. I also have an offer that I received to try and become a citizen in the U.S. The third option, which I don't really like, would be to stop rowing and to start working." When you do eventually stop rowing, what type of work do you think that you will get into?

AK: "I would be interested in investment banking, financial analysis, or something with real estate and finance."

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