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June 2012

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five questions FOURTH-YEAR ROWER MARTHA KUZZY Olympics as a cross country skier. How has he influenced you? Kuzzy: "My brother Garrett has been my role Cavalier Corner: Your brother competed in the model and hero ever since I can remember. He has done a lot of different things and knows what it is like to compete at an elite level, but also be interested in other things. In all aspects of my life he is a role model. varsity four or the varsity eight? Kuzzy: "I prefer eights, but on the flipside, I do Cavalier Corner: Do you prefer to row with the " enjoy the bonding experience of the fours — it is such a personal boat. I think specifically to Vir- ginia's program, our team is so awesome in terms of getting along. We are pulling for and working with each other. "I prefer eights because of the sheer speed. It is so fun to be part of a boat that flows well. When you finally get it; when all eight of you are rowing together — it can be so fast. rigorous training and the ultimate reward. Kuzzy: "The feeling of pain never really goes Cavalier Corner: Talk about the hard work, the " away no matter how conditioned you are. But it is so super rewarding when you feel progress from the beginning to the end. You put in so much time and hard work. "There is such a reward to knowing you left it all on the table each practice. You really have to. And doing it with your team and knowing that everyone out there is doing the same thing; it is very cool and something you don't find very often. Cavalier Corner: What makes this year's team, which won its third straight and 12th overall ACC title this year, so special? Kuzzy: "I think our team has awesome unity in " Kuzzy (white hat) — who started rowing as offseason training for her first sport, cross country skiing — was part of the first varsity eight boat that won its race at the ACC Championships this spring. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA general, which has been so cool to see, especially as a fourth-year, I really appreciate that. "To have that culminate the end of this season with great people, always adds to that experience." Cavalier Corner: You were invited to the Wom- hoo's talking and is a fine young man. I think he was pretty much forced to leave the program because of a lot of per- sonal issues, health issues in his family. We certainly wish him well, but it does hurt our depth because in my mind he was a starting player as a backup quarterback. "Phillip Sims was an outstanding player for us former five-star recruit and standout quarterback for Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith High who transferred to UVa in May ( — Alabama football coach Nick Saban on Sims, a " 8 ◆ CAVALIER CORNER thrilled with this because I never expected a double win. Everything I've been working on is starting to connect together in the same throw. It's pretty exciting. It's all about scoring points for the team, and that's what I was thinking about. "To be honest, it surprised me today, but I'm Field Performer after he won the discus and also took home gold in the shot put with a school-record mark that stands third best in the country as of May 3 — First-year track & field athlete Nick Vena, who was named the ACC Men's Outdoor Most Valuable " tastic atmosphere here at Lannigan Field and it was a collective team effort this weekend. We should expect to be in the top two or three teams in the conference every year, and we're going to continue to work hard to achieve that and continue to im- prove as a program. "I couldn't be happier for our team. It was a fan- the women's best finish since 1995 — and the men third at the ACC Outdoor Championships April 21 — Director of track and field/cross country Bryan Fetzer after the Cavalier women placed second — " en's Under-23 National Team Camp for the second year in a row. What are you expecting this summer, and what's next? Kuzzy: "There is no guarantee because you were selected last year that you will be [selected] this year. My goal personally is to make the eight. "After that, there could be more National Team [tryouts and competitions], but I am going to see how this summer goes and then take it from there. — Sean Corso " CAVALIERSPORTS

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