June 4, 2004
For the past three years, Cal's second varsity eight has claimed the national title at the IRA Regatta. This year, the Bears are in position to capture number four. Although they are not the favorites to win it all, the Bears head into the grnad final with confidence.
Sophomore Jordan Mikes is the seven seat in the JV boat. Earlier in the year he helped the Bears go undefeated for the second year in a row at the Windermere Crew Classic. Later, the Bears went on to capture the silver medal at the San Diego Crew Classic and the Pac-10 Championships. Last year, Mikes rowed in the freshman four that placed seventh at the IRAs.
Nickname: J. Mikes Position: 7 seat in the JV Favorite... Movie: Any Given Sunday Athlete: Roy Jones Junior Sport to play (other than crew): Football Sport to watch (on TV or in person): Football Food: Steak Band/Artist: Lil' Jon
Q: How did you get involved in crew? A: Became interested in it my senior year, e-mailed coach bond here at Cal about trying it out in college and came and ended up rowing bow in the Frosh 4 last year.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Cal? A: I liked the reputation Cal has as a leading academic institution and liked the fact that it is still a college experience in that it is not a private school like the ivy's that are similar to Cal's academic excellence.
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 look forward to the racing season and, specifically, Ira's and the week we spend training in New Jersey. I dread the 2-a-days that we do throughout spring break.
Q: What is your pre-race routine/superstition? A: Stretch out, listen to some music and basically just get my head where it needs to be, focused 110% on the race
Q: What are the last 3 CD's you bought? A: Montgomery Gentry "My town" Ministry of sound "clubber's guide summer 2003" Nickelback "The Long Road"
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: My girlfriend- Some Coronas, a beach chair and sunglasses
Q: What is your greatest achievement in crew? A: 2nd Place at Pac-10's this year
Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: Ski, run, go into the city every now and then
Q: If you could trade places with anyone (celebrity or not) who would it be? Why? A: George W. Bush- To experience what its like to be a fantastic president.
Q: Who/what inspires you? A: Dedication/Determination- Anyone can perform when times are good, the question is what you will do when times are bad.
Q: What is the one song/type of music that you think should be banned from the erg room? A: Easy Listening