May 25, 2004
In the week leading up to the IRA National Championships, members of the Cal Crew are highlighted. Each oarsman discusses some of their favorite things, and what they do in preparation for a race. Today, senior co-captain Rob Austerman is profiled.
Austerman, and integrative biology major, serves as the team captain along with senior coxswain Shawn Ghatan. He currently rows in the two seat in the varsity eight boat. This year, he helped the varsity eight win its sixth straight Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, and capture the silver medal at the Pac-10 championships.
Nickname: Rastaman Position: Port Oarsman (two seat) Favorite... Movie: Tie between Ocean's Eleven and Back Hawk Down TV show: Chapelle Show Athlete: Peja Stojakovic Sport to play (other than crew): Baseball Sport to watch (on TV or in person): Basketball Food: Italian Food Band/Artist: Ben Harper
Q: How did you get involved in crew? A: A friend in high school recruited me for the local club rowing team.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Cal? A: For the academics and for rowing.
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: The thing I most look forward to is the racing. The thing that I dread the most is midterms and finals.
Q: What is your pre-race routine/superstition? A: No solid food at least three hours before the race, eat a lot of Gu energy gel, drink a lot of water, stretch, and wear my good luck socks.
Q: What are the last 3 CD's you bought? A: Ben Harper, Social Distortion, and Jay-Z
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: Any of the winners from the Survivor show just so I could kick them off my island. And I would bring my sunglasses, a lifetime supply of sunscreen, and a solar powered XM radio.
Q: What is your greatest achievement in crew? A: Upon others the thing that I will remember the most, is beating the university of Washington in Seattle. It was my first race in the varsity boat and it was my last chance to beat Washington on their home course.
Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: Homework
Q: If you could trade places with anyone (celebrity or not) who would it be? Why? A: I would trade places with Joe or Gavin Maloof because they own a successful casino and the greatest basketball team in the country.
Q: Who/what inspires you? A: The possibility of failure inspires me to perform in all situations
Q: What is the one song/type of music that you think should be banned from the erg room? A: R&B