May 23, 2005
The Washington men's rowing team is preparing for next week's IRA national championshps, June 2-4 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Senior Evan Galloway (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) rows in the bow seat of the Huskies' undefeated junior varsity crew that won the Pac-10 title on May 15. Galloway is attempting to earn his fourth gold medal in as many visits to the IRA Regatta as he was on UW's national champion open four boat in 2002 and the varsity four crews in 2003 and 2004.
Galloway is not only an outstanding athlete, but a great student. He has registered the highest grade point average on the team each of the last two years while majoring in neurobiology.
Evan spent a few minutes with GoHuskies.com, talking about the season and describing his thoughts on the upcoming IRA Championships.
GoHuskies.com: What have the UW crews been doing since the Pac-10s to prepare for the national championships?
Evan Galloway: "We are just doing a lot of head-to-head racing to build more speed and in between that we are doing a lot of nice long rows. In the weeks coming up the volume will kind of wind down and the intensity will pick up a bit as we get ready."
GoHuskies.com: How much pride does your JV boat take in being undefeated this year?
EG: "The focus is always really on the last race of the year. We are only looking at IRAs, but it is definitely a good feeling being able to walk into that race knowing that we haven't lost to anybody."
GoHuskies.com: Do you think that there is a mental advantage being undefeated?
EG: "It certainly helps, especially when we are going to face similar competition at the IRAs. We know that we have played against a lot of these teams before and we have beaten them before."
GoHuskies.com: Individually you have had great success. How do you feel about what you have accomplished so far?
EG: "It is easy to thrive under optimal conditions. Bob (Ernst) does a really great job of training us and making us really fit and a really deep team. A benefit is really having excellent guys to row with and lots of support from everybody."
GoHuskies.com: Did you set any personal goals this year?
EG: "I want to be part of a national championship boat again. My main goal, no matter what, is to help make whatever boat I am in go faster."
GoHuskies.com: What rowing experience did you have prior to college?
EG: "None really. When I was in eighth grade I took a paddle-around class, but that was about it. I was mostly a runner in high school."
GoHuskies.com: What prompted you to come to Washington?
EG: "I am from the Northwest and I love the environment and the surroundings. The University is just great and it was the only place that I applied to. I just knew that I had a lot of great opportunities coming here and it has been great."
GoHuskies.com: When did you decide to turn out for the rowing program?
EG: "It was during the summer before. I knew a couple of guys who were rowing here and had rowed here previously. It seemed like a really great sport and a really great team. It was just a really great opportunity to play for such a wonderful tradition."
GoHuskies.com: When you first came here did you envision being at this point as a senior with an opportunity to win a fourth gold medal?
EG: "It is definitely odd thinking back to four years ago when I started it all up, but it has been a good run."
GoHuskies.com: You are a fantastic student. How do you manage to balance school and rowing?
EG: "I always try to make sure that I get enough sleep and eat well. I really have had wonderful support from everyone and I have never had any problems with my professors. Like I said, it is really optimal conditions and that makes it easier."
GoHuskies.com: What are your plans after college?
EG: "I am going to take some time off, but I have a little work left to take care of with my senior thesis and the lab that I am working in. Next fall I will being applying to graduate school."
GoHuskies.com: What profession would you like to pursue?
EG: "I am looking to be a researcher or professor."
GoHuskies.com: What do you think about the new shellhouse?
EG: "It is beautiful and I am so happy that we have been able to get in here for the last few months. It is really a wonderful monument for Husky rowing and its tradition."