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row2k Starting Five: Nick LaCava
Friday, July 6, 2012
Ed Hewitt, row2k.com
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1. What inspired you to go to your first rowing practice; was there anything memorable about it?
My mother was a masters rower at Saugatuck Rowing Club and she exposed me to the sport and got me interested in giving it a try. My first actual experience with rowing was flipping in a single, but for some reason I stuck with the sport and was hooked pretty soon afterwards.

2. Was there a practice, race or other event when you fell in love with the sport, or when you knew you might not be too bad at rowing? When you thought you could make the national team?
It took me two years before I was able to beat my Mom's 2k erg score, so making the national team was never on my radar at the beginning of my career. There wasn't a specific moment where I started to think I could make the national team, but I was always lucky to have coaches, especially my first, James Mangan, who taught me that if I worked hard I could go far in the sport.

3. Best race/practice, worst race/practice?
The worst race was probably when I raced the single for the first time in high school. I started in lane one and ended up in lane six. My favorite race was probably the 2011 Head of the Charles, it was a great group of guys and a ton of fun.

4. Best/Anything you've done in the sport no one knows about?
Lost every mustache contest I've entered.

5. Any/Most important advice for young rowers?
The best advice I could give to young rowers is to not get discouraged. Most of the guys who are on the national team now weren't all stars when they first started. It definitely takes time to develop.



Birthplace: Weston, Conn.
Hometown: Weston, Conn.
Current Residence: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center - Oklahoma City
Began Rowing: Saugatuck Rowing Club, 2000
Date of Birth: 10/24/86
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 160
High School: Phillips Exeter Academy, 2005
Undergraduate Education: Columbia University, Economics, 2009
Occupation: Self-employed
Employer: Chocomize.com
Current Coaches: Scott Alwin, Bryan Volpenhein
Years on National Team: Four - 2009-12, Senior
International Results: Won the lightweight four at the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta...Finished fifth in the lightweight eight at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Finished tenth in the lightweight four at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Finished 13th in the lightweight four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished 12th in the lightweight four at the 2009 World Rowing Championships.
National Results: Won the lightweight eight at the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta...Finished third in the lightweight pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #2...Won the lightweight pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta -Finished second in the lightweight pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta - Finished fifth in the open pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta - Finished seventh in the lightweight eight at the 2009 IRA Championships - Finished seventh in the lightweight eight at the 2009 Eastern Sprints...Finished fourth in the lightweight division at the 2009 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championship - Won the lightweight division at the 2008 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.
Personal: Nick is a co-founder of Chocomize (http://www.chocomize.com), the first American chocolate company where people can choose the ingredients for their own chocolate bar - He is also a huge Harry Potter fan.


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