Oct. 27, 2009
Maxwell Weaver rowed primarily in the third varsity eight boat last year and raced in the varsity four that won silver at the IRA National Championships. After focusing on pair rowing this summer, Weaver made the varsity eight that went to the Head of the Charles. GoHuskies.com correspondent Bart-Jan Caron, an IRA National Champion rower at UW, caught up with Weaver to discuss his training, the Head of the Charles Regatta and the team's prospects for the 2009-10 season.
GoHuskies.com: What did you work on over the summer to put yourself in the position that you're in right now?
Weaver: Over the Summer I worked out and did pairs camp here at U.W. I trained with Ty Otto, though wasn't able to race with him at Club Nationals during the summer, we still worked hard and produced during pairs camp. Ty Otto who was in the second varsity eight last year that won gold at the IRA national Championships also made the eight that went to the Head of the Charles. Besides pair camp I spend 3 to 4 days a week doing erg workouts to keep fit and be ready to go when the season started up again. It is good to see that hard work pays off, though a lot of work ahead to keep my spot."
GH: Describe the atmosphere at the Head of the Charles? Word was that it snowed in Boston?
Weaver: We got over there, rigged up the boat and got right onto the water for the first practice. The first three days the weather was nice, clear sky's but cold. For the race the conditions were really windy, rainy, and it eventually started snowing. Sitting at the start line we were all pretty cold, with a lot of other eights sitting around waiting for the great eight to come out and to get started. The race itself was pretty good overall. We got back into the race and did our best to recover from it. We stayed aggressive and positive throughout and let Michelle Darby, the coxswain, steer us down the course.
GH: The Head of the Charles is famous for large crowds. What was the support like for Husky rowers?
Weaver: We were really appreciative of all the support, especially the fans and the alumni like Charlie Clapp. The support that we got from the people that came down to watch to the people that helped out set up the tents, that helped keep us dry and warm and serve us food, which was all very nice.
GH: It's early, but how do you think the team has looked this fall?
Weaver: We have a really strong team right now, though we are young, we work hard in the pairs to improve our technique and rhythm. Then working out on the ergs to get fit again and build up a solid base and expand on to work off of later in the season. The next thing that I'm looking forward to is the Head of the Lake race here at home. Then doing all I can to do to get to go to winter training camp, like doing well on the ergs and in the pairs to make boats go fast.
GH: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Weaver: I am a senior and am Majoring in History and doing a Minor in Environmental Science. Since I missed out on a season I still have a year left of eligibility and will come back next year to row. Not sure yet what I want to do when I get done with school though do want to continue rowing but it is a long road with a lot of work ahead. However, I'm thinking about being a firefighter, because of the team feeling and the hard work that goes into it.