May 3, 2005
The Washington men's and women's rowing teams host the annual Windermere Cup regatta, Saturday, May 7. Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. The Huskies are joined by elite competition from Cornell University and the national teams from the Czech Republic.
The Windermere Cup is a spectacle unrivaled in collegiate crew. It is among the premier regattas in the sport of rowing with thousands of spectators lining both sides of the course for its entire 2,000-meter length.
Senior Scott Gault (Piedmont, Calif.) rows in Washington's varsity eight crew. He spent a few minutes with GoHuskies.com, talking about the season and describing his thoughts on the upcoming Windermere Cup.
GoHuskies.com: How has the season been going?
Scott Gault: "It's been a tough season so far. We know we have the potential, we're just trying to find it."
GoHuskies.com: You are in a stretch of four consecutive weeks with races against ranked opponents. How difficult is it to face very good crews week in and week out?
SG: "We take it one week at a time. We train hard, so we can handle the load. I think, more importantly, we're trying to find it within the boat."
GoHuskies.com: How did the team rebound from the loss ot California to defeat 10th-ranked Oregon State last weekend?
SG: "Soul searching I guess. We've mixed up the boats a little bit to try and find a better combination. It'd be nice to see the boats settle in one place and try to find some speed within the boat."
GoHuskies.com: Is the new lineup faster?
SG: "It's definitely improved. We've only rowed this boat for two days. It was good, a lot better than it's been, but I think we have to do a lot more to beat Cal."
GoHuskies.com: Is it tough to handle all of the adjustments and lineup changes?
SG: "It's definitely frustrating when things are moving around. You're not finding the speed that you know you can get. It's definitely frustrating, but everybody feels the same thing and you all have one common goal and that's to win."
GoHuskies.com: How do you prepare for Cornell and the Czech Republic this weekend?
SG: "We have no idea what the Czechs will bring. I don't know too much about Cornell, but I know that we will give it our all. We'll see what we can do."
GoHuskies.com: Have you enjoyed your previous Windermere Cups?
SG: "Oh, I love them. It's such a great event. There's none other like it. We were down at the Windermere Classic in California and it's nice to see it starting to spread, but there's nothing else like it."
GoHuskies.com: What makes it so special?
SG: It's different in the sense that it's almost like a parade. Everybody is coming out and having a good time. It's almost halfway to a spectator sport with the boats lining up and all that kind of stuff."
GoHuskies.com: Do you recall your first Windermere Cup race?
SG: "Oh yeah. It was amazing. You don't know what to expect. There's all this commotion going on around you. It's almost distracting at the same time. It's kind of rough water because of all the boats. There is so much noise from start to finish, you have no idea what to expect. It's pretty crazy."
GoHuskies.com: Will it be difficult to make the transition from Windermere Cup this week to focus on the Pac-10 Championships next week?
SG: "We've been focusing on Pac-10s for the last month. Windermere is another stepping stone. Our focus is on the Pac-10s."
GoHuskies.com: Do you feel like the crew is progressing so that it will be rowing its best race at the end of the year?
SG: "The Oregon State win was definitely a step in the right direction. Even though we're switching this late in the season, it's all for getting the fastest boat we can find. It's pretty tough to find that when you have eight or nine guys that are all pretty top-caliber guys. It is all about the last race of the year."