Captain and coxswain Carie Mastrianni directs a Tar Heel eight in practice.
Captain and coxswain Carie Mastrianni directs a Tar Heel eight in practice.
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Captains' Corner: Carie Mastrianni
Release: 10/10/2012
With the fall's first race on the horizon, Tar Heel captain Carie Mastrianni talked with's Melissa Shulman about the upcoming season and plans for after graduation. Check back soon for interviews with each of the other two captains, Lindsay Newman and Alex McClelland.

The UNC rowing team opens its 2012-13 racing schedule Sunday at the Occoquan Sprints in Occoquan, Va.

Carie Mastrianni

Year: Senior

Hometown: Hillsborough, N.C.

Position: Coxswain

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this season?

A: I think we have a lot of young talent this year so I think it's going to be really fun to see everybody develop and see how fast we can be.

Q: What have you learned during your first three years on the team that has prepared you to be a captain?

A: I think patience and determination, because you need a lot of both.

Q: Are there any specific meets the team is focused on this season?

A: Our first meet at Occoquan - we always do really well there.

Q: What did you do this past summer?

A: I worked in Durham and traveled to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Q: Where do you see yourself at this time next year?

A: I'm applying to a couple of different things including Teach for America, which is what I'm really aiming for. I'm also applying to law school, so I really could be anywhere.

Q: As a leader, do you feel like you are teaching the young talent about the ways of the team?

A: I think it's really important for us to make sure they understand the culture that we have on our team. We're a majority walk-on team so a lot of us work really hard to get where we are. It's important to engrain how we do things and to make sure that they can develop to be the best that they can be.

Q: How would you describe the team culture?

A: I think that we are a big family; we really do love each other. We live together, we go to class together, we hang out - it's crazy. We are a family but we work really hard to get where we are and to be able to compete with other schools and teams who have more scholarships than we do.

Coach's Comments:

"Carie the only coxswain that is a captain, which in itself is a leadership role,' head coach Sarah Haney says. "During race day she has to control her entire boat because we as coaches are on land. Even without being named captain, she has always maintained that leadership role. We think it's really important that a coxswain is a captain - we don't tweak anything accordingly but we think it's really important.

"Her leadership skills come from confidence. She is not afraid of what people think of her. She is going to do what is right, regardless of any backlash and will stand by what she says. That's not to say she won't listen to other people, but she knows what's right, what's wrong, what you're supposed to do and she's going to do it even if it's not the popular decision.

"She has earned her captain title from her hard work and dedication. She came through our novice walk-on program and is taking herself to the top from perseverance and pushing herself."

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