April 27, 2005
The Washington men's and women's rowing teams host Oregon State in a dual regatta, Saturday, April 30. Racing begins at 9 a.m. on the Montlake Cut.
The Huskies continue what might be the most difficult stretch of schedule in the school's history. The third-ranked Washington men's varsity eight lost to No. 2 California last week. They race No. 9 Oregon State Saturday before meeting No. 11 Cornell and the Czech National Team on May 7 during the annual Windermere Cup Regatta. The following week the Huskies meet Cal again, along with No. 5 Stanford, at the Pac-10 Championships on May 15.
Gohuskies.com: How are things going so far with the varsity eight?
Giuseppe Lanzone: "There are a lot of changes just within the program trying to find a fast combination that can go all the way and win the whole thing."
Gohuskies.com: What did you take away from last weekend when the varsity lost a close race to Cal and the junior varsity won?
GL: "A lot. It's definitely a gut check. It definitely opened our eyes. Cal is fast. In order to win at the IRA we have to beat Cal. If we can't be them in our territory or at Pac-10s then we are just going to have to keep working. The reason we are making all of the switches and everything is to find out the fastest combination we can."
Gohuskies.com: You are in the midst of a very tough four-week stretch in the schedule. Is it difficult to be at your best four weeks in a row like this?
GL: "It's great. Personally, I've been waiting all season to race. This is the fun part, racing. Training and everything is hard, but the fun part is racing."
Gohuskies.com: What approach do you take toward the race this weekend against Oregon State?
GL: "The same approach as every week. We are going to train through this week and just race as hard as we can on Saturday."
Gohuskies.com: Is it hard to get up for a race this week having raced Cal last week and with the Windermere Cup upcoming next week?
GL: "Of course. Coming down from Cal we've made a lot of switches and we tried to work out the new lineup. We're trying to make it as fast as possible for the dual against Oregon State. We're not looking ahead to the Windermere Cup."
Gohuskies.com: Personally, what is your mind set during a week like this when there are changes being made to the boat?
GL: "Just go as hard as possible."
Gohuskies.com: "The Windermere Cup Regatta is coming up next week. What are your thoughts on that unique event?
GL: "Windermere was one of the reasons that I came here to Washington. I came here on my recruiting trip for Windermere and I thought it was great. It's a great event with great participants. It's a lot of fun."