The Dolphin Dozen series of interviews conducted by "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze continues with women's rowing junior Madison Boyer. She is in her third year in the program. You can listen to the interview or read the transcript below.
- Do you have superstitions? Are there certain things you have to do before every race or practice?
Not really, but when it comes to races I have like four or five different playlists that I will play throughout warming up. One for running, one if we erg. I listen to motivational talks on the bus ride to the course. It just depends on the day and what's going on during our warmup.
Do you stick with certain things throughout the course of a season? Do you switch it up every race or every practice?
Mostly for races, I'll feel it out during the first race and I'll be like 'I didn't really like that playlist' so I'll make a new one or sometimes I have different motivational talks that I really like, so I'll put that at the top or I'll put it right before we get off the bus.
That's interesting. We haven't had anyone else have any motivational talks that they listen to in a pregame, so that's pretty fascinating stuff.
- What is your greatest athletic achievement so far?
So far, it's probably making the 1V as a freshman and especially since I was a novice my freshman year and learned how to row my freshman year. By the end of the year at the MAAC Championship I made it into the 1V, so that's got to be probably the top.
- That basically answers the next question, which is 'when did you start rowing', but what drew you to start rowing as a freshman?
I didn't come to JU to play a sport, so when I came here I was kind of bored. I had talked to the coaches a few times, and they were like 'just come out and give it a try'. I wanted to try something different and I've always done athletics, so I was kind of, I was really bored. [laughs] I had a lot of free time. Rowing just kind of stuck.
- I'm assuming then, you played other sports growing up. Do you have a favorite that you'd continue playing, if you could play something else, as opposed to rowing?
I really only ever played softball, so if I could play any other sport, or do any other sport other than rowing, it would definitely be softball.
What position did you play?
I was an outfielder.
How long did you play?
For probably about 15 or 16 years.
Yeah, up until like two weeks before I came to college. [laughs]
That's crazy. The beauty of softball is that you can get in leagues after the fact and continue to play. It's one of my favorites.
- Do you have a number one go-to song, one that you have to listen to right now?
Not really. It's one of those that depends on my mood. Sometimes country will get me super hyped, and other times I need something with a hard bass or something to get me going.
I feel you. I'm one that changes with mood and hour of the day and everything like that too.
- What drew you to come to JU?
When I visited the campus it was just, obviously we have the most beautiful campus, but it just felt like a big school, but it's such a small school atmosphere. Visiting big schools and then visiting here, once I left here I was like 'I have to come here'.
- What is your major and why did you choose it?
I'm a sports business major with a minor in analytics. I want to work with the NFL. I want to work on the forefront of them moving internationally because I would love to travel internationally. I want to be a project coordinator or event planner for the NFL.
Do have a foot in the door anywhere? Made any connections to help out with that yet?
Not really, I'm working on it. But, we'll see how the year goes. [laughs]
Good luck! That'd be pretty cool if one day I look and you're standing on the field at Wembley Stadium or something, getting ready for that.
- Where are you from and what is the defining characteristic of your town?
I'm from Westerville, Ohio, right outside of Columbus. I always call it the suburb of America. Central Ohio definitely has the suburb, like, picturesque, perfect community. That's where I'm from, but I wouldn't say it's perfect by any means. [laughs] It's a really big town. We have so many kids, but when all three high schools come together, we are definitely like a really big family.
- Do you have a favorite road trip memory from your time at JU?
I don't know if it's a favorite, but it's the most memorable. Last year, we went to the Head of the Hooch in the fall. Our men's team bus broke down, so we were stuck in Chattanooga for an extra two or three hours. It was just both team hanging, sitting on the sidewalk, just hanging out.
[Rowing has] Had some back luck with some transportation lately, didn't everything get tied up, flight-wise, after the MAAC Championships last year too?
Yeah, we were stuck in Philly for an extra day, so we just traveled Philly for a day. [laughs]
Hey, you have got to make the most of it when you have that opportunity.
- Do you have any sort of accessory or thing that you have to wear on a race day?
Not really, I definitely have things where I wear the same socks, or I'll make sure I wear my hair the same way if I did really well the race before, but that's just like me being me. [laughs]
There's always superstitions though, so you've got to stick with those.
- Do you have a go-to prerace meal?
Normally before a race I try not to eat too much. It the middle of the race when it hits, it doesn't feel too good to have too much in your stomach. After, I always eat a bagel with peanut butter Nutella and banana on it, almost after every race.
Postrace! That's our first postgame or postrace meal we've had on the Dolphin Dozen.
- Last question, a two-parter. Part one comes from Kai Bennett of men's soccer. He wants to know 'Is there a certain characteristic that you have found that allowed you to connect with certain teammates, maybe your closest friends on the team?'.
I would just say for our team as a whole, especially for me, I'm so competitive, so especially with rowing, not only do we compete against other teams, but we compete against our teammates on a daily basis. I think definitely the competitiveness of everyone on the team definitely brings us together.
Do you have a question you'd like to pose to a fellow student-athlete?
I'd like to know is there something every day, I know for us, I get up at 5 a.m. every day, so what is something that makes you get out of bed every day and say 'It is worth it to get out of bed right now'?