Getting To Know Matt Todd

May 26, 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 Matt Todd is profiled.

Todd, a rhetoric major, spent the majority of the 2004 season rowing in the second varsity eight boat, but was moved into the varsity four boat for the Pac-10 championships. At next week's IRAs, he will stroke the men's open four boat and try to help Cal win another national title.

Nickname: ToddPosition: Stroke of the Open FourFavorite...	Movie: Swingers	TV show: South Park         Athlete: Lance Armstrong	Sport to play (other than crew): Play Water Polo,                                          Race Rowing	Sport to watch (on TV or in person): Water Polo	Food: Fettuccini Alfredo	Band/Artist: Aerosmith
Q: How did you get involved in crew?A: Swim coach in high school introduced me to the Cal coachesthe day before I graduated high school. I didn't know thesport existed prior to that.

Q: Why did you choose to come to Cal?A: I wanted to row for the best crew team in the nation and tryto make it.

Q: At the beginning of the season, what is the one thing youmost look forward to? What is the thing you dread the most?A: I looked forward to competing, I dreaded balancing crew withschool.

Q: What is your pre-race routine/superstition?A: Drink water, eat GU

Q: What are the last 3 CD's you bought?A: Bob Marley, Blink 182, Aerosmith

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, who would youbring with you, and what 3 things would you want to take?A: Id bring things to make a boat and someone to help me make it

Q: What is your greatest achievement in crew?A: Pacific Coast Rowing Champion in the coxed four

Q: What do you do in your spare time?A: Tend to my fish, play chess, watch south park.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone (celebrity or not)who would it be? Why?A: No one. Whatever people have, they had to pay their price,I want to pay my own way.

Q: Who/what inspires you?A: Winning/competing

Q: What is the one song/type of music that you think should bebanned from the erg room?A: Country music

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