Irene Condella

Sport: Women's Rowing

Year: Junior

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Last School: Mt. Carmel HS

Who is your favorite former UCLA athlete and why?
Jackie Robinson - he was the ultimate athlete

What has been the highlight of your athletic career?
Becoming part of a varsity Division I program at UCLA

How old were you when you first started rowing?

Where was the toughest place you've ever raced?
USC - they had their band out there and those huge container ships

Do you have any pre-race superstitions or rituals?
My toes have to be painted

What was your most embarrassing moment in a race?
Not during a race, but at one practice I slid down the dock into the creek

What was your favorite sport other than rowing?
Water polo

What was your favorite moment of last season?
Watching Dawn fall off of her erg!

If you could give advice to a young kid playing your sport, what would it be?
It may seem hard at first, but stick with it because rowing in a race is incredible.

If you could change anything about your sport, what would you change?
I wish we could row when the sun is actually up!

What is your favorite opponent city to visit?
San Diego for the Crew Classic

What is the one movie you must have in your movie collection?
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves

What is the TV show you can't miss?
Law And Order

What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
Saved By The Bell

What is the most embarrassing CD in your collection?
The Titanic Soundtrack

What is your favorite place on campus?
Royce Quad

Why did you come to UCLA?
The location, academics and athletics. I also liked that it was a big college with a lot to offer everyone.

What class at UCLA have you liked best?
Geography 2 and 113 with Professor Gillespie

What is your favorite book?
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Who do you admire most in life and why?
My parents because they have always put my sister and me first

If you could meet any person living or dead, who would it be and why?
Our founding fathers to ask them how they think America turned out

If you could have superpowers, what would they be?
To fly

If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
1. To cure cancer, 2. Money to pay my loans, 3. To live a happy life

If you could know the answer to any one question, what would that question be?
What is the universe really expanding into?

If you could invite someone famous over to dinner, who would it be and what would you be eating?
John Wooden, and I don't care what we would eat. I would just like to talk to him.

Tell us something about yourself that few people know:
My family lives in Singapore

If you could travel in time, where would you go?
I would go back to the age of the dinosaurs so I could see a T-Rex.

Who is the one person you would want to be stuck on a deserted island with?
My best friend Emily because she could make me laugh

What is your nickname?
T-Rex … my roommates think I'm "the big one"

If you had one last meal, what would it be?
Linguini and clams

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip

What is your favorite midnight snack?
That's funny … it's ice cream!

What is your worst habit?
I eat too much ice cream and watch way too much TV.

Do you have any phobias?
I am afraid of heights

What is your pet peeve?
When people pick at their fingernails

What is your favorite color?
Bruin blue and gold!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of sports?

What phrase or word do you use way too much?
I call people "Dude" way too much.

What is the best Christmas or birthday present you ever received?
A subscription to People magazine

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Climbing trees