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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Rowing: Liz England Q&A
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/03/2012
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May 3, 2012

Question: How did you become involved in the sport of rowing?
Answer: When I was in high school, I was a distance swimmer. During my sophomore year of high school a lady approached my mother and I at a swim meet and asked if I'd ever rowed before and suggested I try the sport. I attended a rowing camp at the University of Virginia the summer after my junior year and it went from there.

Q: Prior to attending WSU, you attended Clemson University for your freshman year. How did you make the decision to transfer to WSU?
A: I knew Corrie McGrath, the current novice coach here at WSU, from my time at Clemson. She had been the novice coach there before I arrived at Clemson, but had left to take the novice job here before my freshman year. At Clemson the team environment wasn't really what I was looking for, so after my freshman year I decided to transfer and contacted Corrie about coming to WSU. After talking with head coach Jane LaRiviere, Corrie, and the staff, I got a good feeling about WSU and knew that I'd have a wonderful experience and education here.

Q: What do you like most about WSU now that you've been here?
A: My favorite part about WSU is being a Coug. If you see a Coug, it doesn't matter if you're on campus, if you're in an airport, or if you're in a parking lot, there is always a sense of pride. `Once a Coug, always a Coug.' In addition to the Cougar spirit, the team environment here and the support for athletics are my favorite parts about WSU. There is a wonderful sense of family for anyone who graduates from here and a sense of togetherness.

Q: What is your best memory of rowing at WSU?
A: All of those late nights in airports with my teammates provide a lot of great memories. You get a true sense of who people are and what they're like on those trips. It's a lot of fun to be around my teammates. But my best racing memory would have to be beating the Huskies at the 2010 NCAA Championships in the Second Varsity Eight Petite Final.

Q: What do you think about the Snake River as a venue?
A: The Snake River is the most picturesque and challenging rowing venue in the country. It has so many challenges, but in the same breath, when the water is perfect, there's no other place like it in the entire world. It is a great place to train and it is a rowing experience like no other. I know athletes from other schools who are friends of mine that say, "Oh, you are so lucky you get to row on the Snake River." It really is a privilege and it's a place like no other.

Q: Recently you were accepted to the 2012 Women's U23 National Team Camp in Syracuse, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J. You were one of 23 women to be accepted for the camp and could compete for the United States at the World Championships in Lithuania this summer. You also attended the U23 Team Camp last summer. How does it feel to be selected again this year?
A: The feeling this year is a lot different from past years because it's my last year of eligibility. For me, it's a culmination of four years of really hard work. As a freshman, I attended the USRowing Freshmen Development Camp. Over the summer of my sophomore year I attended another USRowing development camp. Then, last year I was also accepted to the U23 Team Camp. It feels like a little pat on the back to be accepted, but it also seems like an open door and an invitation to continue to train hard and push myself and test my limits.

Q: Back to WSU, what does this Cougar team need to accomplish to earn a third-consecutive bid to the NCAA Championships this year?
A: I think we are in a really good spot right now to earn a third-consecutive bid. We've had some good showings this year. Going into the Pac-12 Championships we want to have a strong performance. If we have a good showing, that bids well for the rest of our results and the rest of our conference because the Pac-12 is traditionally one of the fastest conference in the country. Having a good showing at the Pac-12 Championships will set us up well for a third-consecutive bid.

Q: What do you hope to leave this team with after you are gone?
A: I'm hoping that I leave our team with a sense of lightheartedness and determination. If you ask my teammates, you'd know that I love to work hard, but it also has to be enjoyable. You have to love what you do, especially in sports. I think it's an important trait to take out of life. Hopefully they take the lightheartedness, determination, and a sense of commitment to the team.

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