Pac-10 Q&A with Mike Buckiewicz, Oregon State Men's Rowing

May 14, 2010

Mike Buckiewicz, a senior starboard rower for the Beavers, has been a key part of the varsity eight boat since his sophomore season. In his senior campaign, the Forest Grove, Ore., native helped lead the varsity eight to victory over Gonzaga with a time of 6:30.80. He also helped the squad defeat Holy Cross on the Charles River in Boston, Mass., with a time of 6:42.0.  In 2009, he helped lead the varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a 16th overall finish, at IRA Championships. In 2008, he was a member of the varsity eight boat thant finished 10th at the IRA Championships. 

Pac-10: How has the 2010 season been going for the Beavers?
Mike Buckiewicz: We have a very young team this season, so it took us a little bit of time at the beginning to mesh. I feel that now we are really raising the level of competition and are pushing each other in training, in the boat and outside of it. We are really shooting to get third place at the Pac-10 Championships. We want to be in contention with the top-tier boats. 

Pac-10: What kind of music is currently on your iPod...
MB: I have a lot of house music and different remixes. Before races I like to listen to Nickelback. 

Pac-10: If you could trade places for the day with a celebrity or famous athlete, who would you choose and why...
MB: I would really like to be Kelly Slater, the nine-time world champion surfer. It would be awesome to be able to surf everyday. I try to surf as much as I can, but to be able to do it everyday would be awesome. 

Pac-10: Growing up, who were some of your favorite sports teams to watch...
MB: I enjoyed watching the San Diego Chargers develop as a team over the years. I also was really into Oregon and Oregon State football. They were really fun to watch because every year they would have one great star player. 

Pac-10: Who was an athlete that you admired...
MB: In really admired NBA star Brian Grant. He was a really big team player. I liked that it was not just all about him. He truly was a team player and was just as happy getting the assist as he was the basket. 

Pac-10: What is a talent that you would most like to have and why...
MB: I wish I could play the guitar. That is a dream of mine and I hope it is something I could take up later in life. 

Pac-10: What is your favorite memory as a Beaver...
MB: It would have to be my sophomore year at the IRA Championships when we placed 10th. We were really close with the top competition and we were very excited about that finish. 

Pac-10: What are your plans after college...
MB: This summer I will be in Anchorage, Alaska working for an engineering firm. After I graduate next fall, I will be looking to interview with many different construction engineering companies. My goal is to be a construction manager. 

Pac-10: What is the best thing about Oregon State...
MB: I really appreciate the sense of community we have at Oregon State. We have very supportive alumni, as well as an athletic department that really appreciates what we do. It helps us to know when we are working hard that we are getting acknowledgment. 

Pac-10: Who is your funniest teammate...
MB: It would have to be Spencer Robertson. He is mostly a pretty quiet guy, but a lot of what he says is really funny. He is very tall, so a lot of what he does ends up looking funny. 

Pac-10: What sport are you worst at...
MB: I would have to say water polo. I tried that in high school and it just wasn’t my thing. 

Pac-10: What is one thing people don’t know about you...
MB: Probably that I went to Catholic school for eight years. I was going to go to a Catholic high school too, but the public school offered me more opportunities, athletically. 

Pac-10: What is the best advice you have received...
MB: It would have to be from my Dad. When things were going bad, especially in high school sports, he always told me that you can always have a third chance. You should never limit how many times you can try something. Never give up on something that you really want. 

Pac-10: What is your pet peeve...
MB: I do not like it when people don’t take things seriously that they should. If I had to put a word on it, I would call it professionalism. I am a pretty laid back person normally, but if at practice my teammates are messing around and not paying attention, I will say something. I cannot stand missing an opportunity to get better. 

Pac-10: What do you miss most about your hometown...
MB: I would say just being outside the city. My house in Forest Grove, Ore., is on the outskirts of town and its nice to be able to go out and go for a run or go mountain biking. It’s great to be able to wind down and just hear your own thoughts. 

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