September 9, 2008

Five Questions with Mike Snyder

Sept. 9, 2008

Co-Captain Mike Snyder has been an integral part of the Brown crew team over the past three years. During the fall of his junior season Mike rowed in the V8 at the Head of the Charles Regatta, where the Bears took third overall in the Champ 8 division, losing only to the US National Team and Wisconsin. Always willing to help out wherever he can, Mike then moved to the JV8 for the spring season, where he helped capture a silver medal at Eastern Sprints.

“Overall, I think Mike is known for his dedication and commitment to training hard and having a level headed and serious approach to the sport,” assistant coach Judah Rome said.

Five Questions With Mike Snyder

1. What is your rowing background? What initially prompted you to pick up the sport?

M: I started rowing as a freshman in high school at St. Ignatius in San Francisco. We had family friends whose daughter rowed at S.I. and then at Cal and they suggested I try it as my spring sport. I got serious about rowing junior year of high school, and senior year won the Varsity 8 event at the US Rowing Youth National Invitational the summer before starting at Brown.

2. What has been your favorite aspect of Brown outside of athletics? Are you involved in any other clubs or organizations?

M: I am a member of Brown Nation, the new student fan group that helps generate excitement and attendance for Brown athletic events. Outside of athletics, my favorite aspect of Brown has been the open curriculum. I enjoy getting to pick what classes I want to take and having the option to take them pass/fail makes it easier to pursue subject areas I might not otherwise try.

3. What kinds of things do you like to do in your spare time?

M: In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching sports, and playing golf. The team is a great group of guys, and we have a lot of fun both at the boathouse and on campus.

4. What kind of impact has rowing had on your life at Brown?

M: Rowing has had a huge impact on my life at Brown. It is a major commitment to play a varsity sport in college, and like all commitments, rowing requires sacrifices. But the experience of racing for Brown with your friends and winning shirts from other schools is well worth it. Nothing beats the feeling of winning a hard-fought race.

5. What would your advice be to incoming freshmen, either about crew or college in general?

M: Take advantage of every opportunity to improve yourself, in both classes and at the boathouse. You have to work hard to make an impact, but the great thing about Brown Crew is that every guy can make a difference and can help drive the team to success. Be prepared to work hard, because it takes a lot of drive and determination to become a champion.