Feb. 27, 2012
As we approach the spring racing season, senior oarswoman Adriene De Leuw - a GoHuskies.com correspondent - will sit down with one of her teammates each week to discuss the upcoming year, as well as their backgrounds/personalities. Next up is fellow senior Veronica Tamsitt, a Pac-10 All-Academic Award recipient last year. Tamsitt also competed for the Australian Junior National team in Beijing, China in 2007, placing 8th in the Women's Pair.
How did you first get into rowing?
Tamsitt: Rowing was really big at my high school so when I was, I think in 7th grade. I was already excited about it, so I started coxing that year because I couldn't start rowing until 8th grade, which is funny because I was taller than my crew, and I coxed that first year and started rowing at the end of 8th grade, and that was ... it kind of just went from there.
Why did you choose the UW?
Tamsitt: That's a good question. I was thinking of staying in Australia for school and then on a whim I came on an unofficial visit to UW and was just blown away by the school, the program, and just...Australia doesn't really have collegiate rowing in the same way, as it's kind of elite clubs or just for fun. So I really liked the big team aspect of here, and Seattle's beautiful. The school had what I wanted to study as well, so it was a good combination.
What is your favorite race?
Tamsitt: One that springs out would be Cal Dual my sophomore year. We didn't win, but it was a completely new line-up that had been thrown together the day before. We just went out like we had nothing to lose and held onto them for the first thousand [meters] and then they barely moved a length on us. It's the closest we've been to Cal, in a dual race, in the last few years...it was as if everyone forgot everything and gave it all in that race; pretty exhilarating.
What's your favorite class?
Tamsitt: I'd probably say Ocean 450, which is climatic experience, which I took sophomore year. The professor, well two professors teach it, but one of them I worked in his lab, and I feel like having two teachers with different expertise is a really good balance and they had a lot of good topic range for the class. It was also my first 400-level science class...it's such a different level when you're reading scientific papers and stuff in class as opposed to just being in a class of 700.
Favorite place to go in Seattle?
Tamsitt: That's a hard one, there are so many places. I like going to parks, but I don't know if there's a favorite. I like taking the ferry to Bainbridge to get ice cream. Whenever my parents come to visit, we take the ferry to Bainbridge and get ice cream and walk around, it's really nice.
Thoughts on season so far:
Tamsitt: I'm excited; I think things are different this year in a positive way. Our teams more positive and we have a better relationship with the coaches as a result of that. I'm excited to go out and race and see how we do because I think everyone has been pushing each other a lot this year to set a higher standard.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Tamsitt: Senior year! It's crazy! I think we have a really exciting group of girls this year and I'm excited to see what we can do and how much better we can be. And it's also the last time I'm going to get to race - exciting in a sad way.
Tamsitt: Graduate school. I'm deciding right now where I'm going to go to do my PhD, I might stay at UW or go somewhere else, and there are a few other places in the US, so we'll see. Scripps in San Diego as well as MIT. After grad school, I want to move to Tazmania. It's beautiful there, which not many people know that. There are not many people there, which I like. I'd like to move there and do research - maybe even in Antarctica.
One thing to tell your teammates:
Tamsitt: I guess, especially to the younger classes, make the most out of every day because four years flies by. At the end of it, whether we win or lose, you want to know you did everything you could and that you don't regret anything. Whatever the end result, if you've given it your all, you're going to be happy with what you've done and you're going to have had a lot of fun.