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 GoHuskies.com, talking about the season and describing his thoughts on the upcoming Pac-10 Championships.
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."
GoHuskies.com: 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."