April 17, 2003
Q&A with Sophomore Sean Cronin
When did you start rowing and what are some of the best things about the sport?
I started rowing my freshman year of high school. The best thing about this sport is the absolute necessity for teamwork. Unlike many other sports where one person can standout, in rowing you need to have an absolute trust in the eight other guys in order to succeed.
Do you think rowers get enough credit for making the time necessary all during the year to train and compete?
We don't expect to be rewarded for what we give up to row, we row because we like to test our physical ability to the breaking point and then see how much further we can go.
How do you think the season is going so far?
Each race we participate in gets a little better. At this point that's exactly what we are looking for; it's what we need to do to be prepared for our championship races at EARC and IRA's.
What are some of the goals that the team made at the beginning of the season and do you think you are making good progress at achieving them?
Our goal for this season is to make it to the finals at EARC. Presently we're working hard to obtain this goal, but it's not going to be easy because of the quality of our opponents.
How has your training differed between last year as a freshman and this year as a sophomore under a new coach?
The practices that we have differ greatly from last year, however both coaches want us to obtain the same goal - get faster.
What's the best thing about rowing at Penn?
The best thing about rowing is the bonds that I have formed with the team. These guys are what make going to practice worthwhile. I can depend on them to give it everything they have everyday we put the boat in the water.
What's the toughest thing about rowing?
The toughest thing about rowing is the time commitment.
What is the one thing that you can do better (rowing or otherwise)?
We can always get faster; we need to get faster each time we row.