Question: As a freshman, this is your first year on the rowing team. Did you have any prior rowing experience?
Joseph: I just walked on. I swam in high school. My mom introduced me to rowing. She just thought it would be a really good idea and a good form of exercise for me, and something she thought I would really enjoy.
Question: How was the tryout process, coming into it not really knowing what to expect?
Joseph: It was pretty nerve-wracking at first, but then [novices coach] Sarah [Cannon] and everyone made it very comfortable. It wasn’t like “Oh wow. You’re going to die now,” because you were so excited to be there. Or at least I was. It was hard, a little bit, but I enjoyed the challenge.
Question: What is your major?
Joseph: I’m going to double major in international relations and economics. That’s really what I came here to do.
Question: You said you were a swimmer in high school, do you still swim in your free time?
Joseph: I don’t really have free time anymore [laughs]. I tried to go to the pool once last week, but there was a swim meet.
Question: How would you describe your first semester at college?
Joseph: It’s amazing, I’m so glad I came here. UVa is a fantastic place, I’m getting a great education, I have this new aspect of rowing in my life, and I just really love it.
Question: How was your first taste of competition, at the Princeton Chase last weekend?
Joseph: It was so fun. It was 100 times more intense than I thought it was going to be. At some point during the race our coxswain was screaming so loud at the other boat to yield to port. I tried to contain myself but I was so excited to be there and it was great. Words cannot describe how exhilarated I felt.
Question: The team has a couple of home opponents this Saturday, George Washington and Georgetown, do you have any friends or family coming out to watch?
Joseph: My roommate wants to come and my family is trying to come; however, they might end up just coming for the Rivanna Romp.
Question: Before you got here, did you know the tradition and success of UVa rowing?
Joseph: Before I tried out I looked them up on the website and I realized this is a dynasty here. This is big.
Question: Do you have a favorite athlete at Virginia?
Joseph: Well my friend is Jimmy Howell so I watch him punt. When I go to the games I’m like “Look it’s Jimmy punting right now!”
Question: What’s your favorite part of practice?
Joseph: Rowing on the water.
Question: What’s your least favorite part of practice?
Joseph: Extended erg[ometer] sessions.
Question: What is something people might be surprised to know about the rowing team at UVa?
Joseph: Everyone is so nice and down to earth. We’re becoming a family, I can really feel it, especially after last week.
Question: What’s your favorite place on grounds?
Joseph: The McGregor Room in Alderman Library. I go there when I really need to sit down and study, and I just feel so serious and calm and focused. If you go in there no one talks, it’s a silent room, and people will stare at you if you talk.
Question: Being from Maryland, is there anything you miss being at school and not being home?
Joseph: I don’t know if there’s a specific thing I miss, but when we were driving up to Princeton we stopped at a rest stop that’s like 10 minutes from my house and I didn’t realize how nostalgic I felt. I miss my family.
Question: Is there anything I haven’t asked you that people need to know about you?
Joseph: Just say hi to me when you’re walking down the street. I’ll say hi to you, just give me a wave. Sometimes I wave at people I don’t know.
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