Q & A with Kaiti Seders

Feb. 27, 2009

BERKELEY - CalBears.com recently spoke to senior Kaiti Seders, a member of the Cal women's crew team that finished third in the NCAA championships last year, as she prepared for the upcoming season. Seders competed on the second varsity 8+ that placed sixth at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships and won the Pac-10 title last year, when she was also a Pac-10 All-Academic team honorable mention selection. The Los Gatos, Calif., product rowed her first three years at Cal with her sister Ali Seders, who also did a Q & A last season that can be read here.

CalBears.com: What are your feelings on how last season ended?

KS: 'I feel pretty good about it. We came in third. That was our goal [to make the NCAA championships], but we wanted to win obviously. To come in the top three, though, was really good. It helps this year because...we were almost there, but didn't quite get there. We have more drive. We are really excited for this year.'

CalBears.com: What have you been doing to prepare for the upcoming season?

KS: 'We've been getting fit. We're focusing on our fitness and technique, being able to row as a crew all together.'

CalBears.com: What are your goals for your senior season?

KS: 'I want [the team] to win the NCAA Championship.'

CalBears.com: What is your role on the team this year as one of the seniors?

KS: 'I feel more responsible for the entire team than in years past. I had looked to take care of myself and make sure I was doing all right. Now, I feel more responsibility to see the team move in the right direction, and make sure the younger rowers are doing all right.'

CalBears.com: Are you a vocal leader or do you like to lead by example?

KS: 'I would say a 'follow my example' type of leader. I'm not very vocal.'

CalBears.com: What was it like being on the team with your sister (Ali Seders), and will it be strange now that she is no longer on the team?

KS: 'It's a lot different this year because I came in with her on the team. Three years she was [on the team with me]. I think the biggest difference is not having her there every day. She was always someone I could compare myself to. She's not there to compare with anymore, so it's just me.'

CalBears.com: Were you competitive with her?

KS: 'Yeah, we were competitive. We rode opposite sides of the boat. We didn't row in the boats on the same team, but in terms of the workouts on land, we did a lot of them together. It's kind of different because she would push me a lot because I would think 'I have to keep up with her.' In other ways I became complacent, because if I was where she was then I was doing all right.'

CalBears.com: Have you had a lot of support during your time at Cal since you are from the San Francisco Bay Area?

KS: 'Yeah, I've had a lot of family support. I'm pretty sure my parents have come to every race I've been in along with some aunts and uncles.'

CalBears.com: You were an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic team last year. How demanding is it to maintain good grades while being a student-athlete at Cal?

KS: 'I haven't had much trouble with grades. I think that when you're on such a regimented schedule it almost makes it easier. You have school and you have a certain amount of time to get it done. I think I'm pretty good at figuring out what's important.'

CalBears.com: What are your plans after you are finished at Cal?

KS: 'Good question [laughs]. I want to work at a ski resort, but that's not until winter, so I have to fill the other time. I will probably go to graduate school eventually. I'm not really sure what [to study] right now; that's the problem.'

CalBears.com: What do you want to do at the ski resort?

KS: 'I want to be a ski bum [laughs]. I would like to be a ski instructor, at least for one winter.'

CalBears.com: Any longer term career goals?

KS: 'I don't know. I do want to go back to school. I feel like I've done really well at Cal, but I could really focus on school instead of having a double focus right now. I'm not really sure what I want to study. Hopefully I will figure that out.'

CalBears.com: What do you like most about skiing?

KS: 'I like being outdoors, and it is fun. It's a good thing to do with friends.'

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