Off the Water with Coxswain Kelly O'Brien

Dec. 9, 2005

Kelly O'Brien is a sophomore coxswain for Washington State's women's rowing team. This fall, she coxed the varsity eight boat to a seventh place finish at The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, and to the Head of the Lake championship. As a freshman she coxed the second varsity eight crew to a second place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic. Here are 20 questions and answers from Kelly O'Brien.

Major: Hospitality/Business Management

Dream Job: To work for a city. Probably in San Francisco or Seattle or Boston and put on events.

What's in your iPod? Right now I've got a lot of Jack Johnson, but Journey is always a favorite.

Prized possession: Right now it would be my Head of the Lake medal. It's pretty sweet.

What must you do before your 30? I definitely want to travel a lot. My sister and I are going to go to Ireland.

Worst habit: I can only write with a blue, Bic, non-grip pen.

Motivation before a race: I have a CD on my iPod that I listen to that was made by some girls on my high school team, so I always listen to that. I also have a notebook that I've had since I started coxing that I review.

Best rowing moment: Every year I've been at the San Diego Crew Classic. I haven't won San Diego Crew Classic, but every time I've raced there it felt like I won. Actually, Head of the Lake this year was pretty good, too.

Favorite pro-team: The Sacramento Kings. I'm from Sacramento, and the fans are awesome.

Favorite collegiate team (not WSU): Notre Dame. I just grew up with it. They're my dad's favorite and every Saturday he'd watch the football games on TV and I'd watch with him.

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving, mainly because of the food.

Favorite food: I don't really want to say this, cream.

Favorite book: I'd have to go with 1984 (George Orwell).

Favorite movie: Zoolander.

Favorite class at WSU: My Bible as Literature class that I'm in right now.

Best and worst things about college: The best thing would be living with my best friend. The worst would be having no home-cooked meals.

Best and worst things about Pullman: The worst is that it's five hours from anywhere, and the best is that I can walk anywhere.

Best and worst things about being a student-athlete: The worst would have to be time, time away from everything else, and the best would be Bohler Gym.

Best and worst things about being a rower: The best thing about it is the rowing community. I know some of the Olympians because the rowing community is so small. The worst thing would be the lack of media coverage.

Best thing about head coach Jane LaRiviere: The best thing is that she knows her stuff.
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