May 11, 2004
Director of Cal Crew Steve Gladstone leads the Golden Bears into the Pac-10 championships Sunday on Lake Natoma near Sacramento. Gladstone discussed the state of the team and what the Bears have done to prepare for the upcoming races.
What are your thoughts about the races this weekend?
We've done an awful lot of hard work since the Washington race. We've spent a lot of time seat racing in the fours and the eights. We feel that we have the fastest combination of the year, and we are really looking forward to testing it out, and see what comes up.
How is the team looking?
The moral is good, the guys have been working very hard and we are optimistic about our ability to put forward our best race of the year at the Pac-10's. That's ultimately our endeavor; to put forward our best race, and if our best race wins then that's great, and if our best race doesn't win, we can manage that too.
Have you made any changes to the lineups?
Port side is identical as it was in the earlier races, with Peter Maiden stroking, Jesse Bauman in six, Troy Kepper in four and Rob Austerman in two. Gary Champagne is in the five seat, Max Frasca has moved from bow to the seven seat, Deaglan McEachern is rowing three and Vaclav Vochoska is rowing bow.
Going into this weekend knowing you're going to have some tough races, what do you tell the team to get them ready to race their best?
They don't need to be fired up, what we need to do is the work, the prepatory work, physiologically. With these guys, particularly having been beaten in the dual race by Washington, there is no issue about respecting Washington's speed and knowing that we are going to have to be ready for our best effort. So you don't need to fire them up, it's there, and I think the Washington dual race served notice that you can't take anything for granted, each race is an individual race.
When you are preparing for the Pac-10's, do you look ahead to the IRA's as well? Or focus solely on the Pac-10's?
In the scheming and the planning of the whole year, the work is all cycled, and I do that a year in advance. So we don't need to talk about the IRA's at this point. With that being said, I know exactly what we will do post Pac-10's in preparation for the IRA's.