Ishida Ready For First IRA National Championships
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/28/2004

May 28, 2004

Justin Ishida recieved the Russ Nagler Award (most promising freshman) at this year's Cal Crew banquet, and has helped the Bears' freshman eight boat to an undefeated season heading into next week's IRAs.

Nickname: Ish, Emperor, David Justice
Position: Port, 4 seat in Frosh 8
	Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
	TV show: Seinfeld
         Athlete: Lance Armstrong
	Sport to play (other than crew): Baseball, Football
	Sport to watch (on TV or in person): Baseball games
          in person w/ kraut dogs
	Food: Breakfast, Barbeque, Self-Prepared Meals,
          Japanese, homemade pie
	Band/Artist: Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Boston
Q: How did you get involved in crew?
A: I'm rowing mostly all by chance.  I'm a total novice
that played baseball and football in high school.
The summer before junior year I began to consider were
I might want to go to college, Cal was an option. I
wanted to visit sometime during the summer. By chance
my mom found a crew camp I could do at Berkeley, giving me
a chance to try something new and check the campus out at
the same time.  I went to the camp, which was headed by Coach Bond,
and it was an eye opener.  It was so different, and I liked that.
Coach Bond thought I had potential, and said to keepin touch.
I did, and now I'm rowing for Cal.

Q: Why did you choose to come to Cal? A: It was academically the best school I could get into, it was in California, and I could athletically compete on a national champion type level. Pretty attractive.

Q: At the beginning of the season, what is the one thing you most look forward to? What is the thing you dread the most? A: I wanted to surprise people and make the top boat. The thing I dreaded the most was just being average. Spring racing season was just too far away to even look forward to, I was more worried about making it to the next week.

Q: What is your pre-race routine/superstition? A: A good Pre-Game Growler (Use your imagination). Three Hard Rock GU's are a must. I guess not too much superstitious stuff though. Whenever I played baseball, everything was superstitious: my hat and glove had to be in such a way in the dugout when I batted, one button on my jersey had to be undone, I hit with only one side of my bat. For football I couldn't play if I didn't eat spaghetti before the game. But for those sports, luck and chance can play a big part in a game. Crew is different in that there is no luck or chance; you drive hard and get the job done, or you don't. Its simple.

Q: What are the last 3 CD's you bought? A: The Stokes (Room on Fire), Dave Brubeck (Time Out), Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream)

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you bring with you, and what 3 things would you want to take? A: Two of my best friends to keep things fun, a guitar to learn how to play in spare time, a shovel to keep productive, and a nice barbeque to keep from going without a good meal.

Q: What is your greatest achievement in crew? A: Pac-10 Champs, and if everything is done correctly, IRA National Champions in a couple weeks. Earning the Russ Nagler Most Promising Freshman award was also a nice little reward.

Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: My whole life I've been a baseball player, I still kind of do, so I'm always up to throw the ball around. Cooking is always fun, especially when its for other people; but I also just like to eat. Its more of an obsession, but admiring a good BMW as it passes is something I like to do. And whatever there is to do, doing it outdoors in the sun is the better way to do it. This would probably involve biking, hiking, some kick back fishing and definitely some quality beach time.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone (celebrity or not) who would it be? Why? A: Myself a year ago, then I would know the opportunities in front of me (ex. Academics). I hate looking back on a bad decision or knowing something could have been done better.

Q: Who/what inspires you? A: An opportunity for something extraordinary, something above the norm. A chance for something no one else could grasp.

Q: What is the one song/type of music that you think should be banned from the erg room? A: No more 'Get Low!' or 'Holiday Inn' songs. I don't want to 'shake it' on the erg; some good hard rock is always good. I'd even be okay with that techno stuff.