Q&A with Cal Women's Crew's Ali Seders

May 28, 2008

BERKELEY - CalBears.com spoke to Ali Seders, another member of the California women's varsity eight, on Wednesday as the senior rower prepared for the upcoming NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. The Los Gatos, Calif., product and the Golden Bears will compete at the national regatta Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

CalBears.com: Has your senior year gone as expected?

Seders: 'Yeah, it's been great. It's been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work and pretty much what I thought. You never know how the season itself is going to go, but as far as having good atmosphere on the team, the seniors got together at the beginning of year to make sure we were on the same page and were going to have a fun year. We made sure that that happened.'

CalBears.com: Has it hit you yet that NCAAs will mark the end of your collegiate career?

Seders: 'Yeah, well, it doesn't seem real yet until it's over. Today was our last day on the water at Briones, so its' starting to set in a little bit that it's coming to the end of everything.

CalBears.com: Do you remember the first time you practiced on Briones Reservoir?

Seders: 'I remember the first time I saw Briones. It was great. It's so pretty there, and back then there were a lot of teams out. There was always something going on.'

CalBears.com: What will you miss the most about rowing at and going to Cal?

Seders: 'This is it for me as far as rowing. I know this is the last time I'll be on a team that is so competitive and is at such a high level. It's been so much fun. This is the last time I'll be in this kind of atmosphere. I will miss the team, competitiveness and everyone working so hard. I don't think you find that too often.'

CalBears.com: What are your plans for next year?

Seders: 'Working this summer and traveling to Australia. After that I'll be back in the Bay Area, hopefully working in the City.'

CalBears.com: Are you looking to go into a journalism career with your mass communications major?

Seders: 'I'm hoping to go into music, artist management, anything related to behind the scenes work. That's what I'm looking for eventually, though this summer I'm looking for internships. Up until now it's just been crew and school.'

CalBears.com: You've had your sister, Kaiti, on the Cal team in three of your four years here. How much does it help to have that sort of family support around?

Seders: 'It's really good having my sister on the team. We're really, really close. Sometimes it's hard with our team because our team is so close, regardless of being a sister. You want to be this person's friend, but you also have to sometimes give that person or that teammate a kick in the butt. Kaiti and I have perfected the art of being each other's close friend and being a good teammate also.'

CalBears.com: As a local product, will you have plenty of family members watching you at NCAAs?

Seders: 'There's going to be a lot of us. My parents will be there and a lot of family friends. A lot of the girls who've been on the team will be there. Big, big support. Lots of people.'

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