April 28, 2001
Head men's coach Bob Ernst "Cal has an extraordinary group of athletes, a really good team. We've been really busy since San Diego. We want to get as much as we can out of this race. Our guys have made good progress, especially in the last week or so. I thought they rowed a good race today."
Dave Calder - men's varsity eight seven seat "It's tough when you race a crew that beat you by nine seconds in a previous race (in San Diego), so we just wanted to row our own race. That sounds like a typical thing for an oarsman to say, but we knew that if we laid down our rhythm, if we rowed really aggressively, we could close that margin. In the first 700 meters of the race, Cal barely took anything on us. That was huge for us, because we know we can go with them. We know we don't have to be afraid of them. We rowed slightly higher than we wanted to but that was because we were so aggressive and sharp. Our attentiveness allowed that and we were still able to maintain our rhythm. In a dual race, once you lose contact with a crew, it's really easy to let the wheels fall off and just be out there in space. We didn't do that. We kept it really tight and sharp. I know everybody walked away from that race with their heads held high and looking forward to getting back in the boat on Monday and getting ready for Pac-10s."
Tim Lewis - men's varsity eight coxswain "We wanted to make improvements today. We wanted to show ourselves and Cal that we've been improving. I think we did that today. They got us by nine seconds again, but we rowed a much cleaner and more powerful race than we did in San Diego. We were in the race a bit longer. They took most of their water on us at the 1,000 and in San Diego, at 500 meters in, we were out of the race. "We had been switching our lineup a bit after San Diego but we've had a set lineup for about a week and a half now, the same lineup as San Diego. The guys gel really well together. There is great chemistry with our guys. We are constantly improving, every time we go out on the water.
Chris O'Brien - men's freshman eight coxswain "The cross tail at the start was a little rough, so it a little while to get into it. As soon as we got through the start, we had a good rhythm and we started to walk through Cal, throughout the race. We were down a bit at the start. It was a really quick start. Our guys were caught off guard by how quick it was. It was a good race. We were really happy with it. We're making some good improvements. We just need to keep building on this for Pac-10s."
Mary Whipple - women's varsity eight coxswain "It was pretty windy at the start but not as bad as Oregon State (March 31). We had a good clean start. When we took it down to our settle, we were about half a boat down to Cal and kept increasing it to their bow pair. We stayed there until our move and then had a good, committed move. On our first move, we went to their bow ball. Across the 1,000 about a length up. Our second move, we got open water and the third 500, we just nailed it. We were super focused. Coming into the Cut, the water a bit choppy. A big boat went through the Cut ahead of us. We wanted to focus on our last 500 and really nail it for our sprint but we got a bit distracted by the water. We got a little short through the last 500, but we regrouped and had a good last 10. "Every day we gain speed and confidence."
Jan Harville - head women's coach (regarding the choppy water from the boat that went through the Cut ahead of the varsity race) "When the unexpected happens, you better be prepared for it. That's part of being an outdoor sport. Expect the unexpected. This group is good with that. They do a good job with being prepared for anything. Sometimes its that experience that pays off later. "We haven't had a bad practice since San Diego. We've got good experience in our boat and we've got some young kids. We still have lots to learn but the motivation is out there every single day. It's the journey along the way. You want to see the steps and the areas of improvement in what you're working on."