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Senior Spotlight: Alicia Cresap

April 21, 2006

On why she decided to row, senior coxswain Alicia Cresap recalls, "I was a swimmer in HS and I had been swimming competitively all my life. I was burnt out, but knew I still wanted to be a part of a team. I found information on rowing in a freshman information packet. I began e-mailing the novice coach before I arrived at University of San Diego, and she told me to come to the start-up meeting during orientation week. I remember seeing the team, and meeting the girls. I spoke to one of the senior rowers, and she spoke so highly of the program and her experiences with rowing. From then on, I never turned back. It was exactly what I was looking for."

Cresap spoke candidly about her role as coxswain. "It's not even a question. Why wouldn't I join the rowing team? I cox because I love each one of my athletes. I would never consider letting my team down. I love the position I am in. I love being in a position to help them as a coach in their boat. I am able to inspire them, motivate them, and help them achieve their goals on and off the water. I love seeing my athletes after they have achieved a goal, and I love that I am a part of that process. It's just in me!"

When asked about her favorite crew memories, Creasap fondly recalls her first race. "I had just started coxing a few weeks prior. I was very nervous. I had written down so many calls! It was an amazing experience. My crew won, I was thrown in, and I never consulted my notes." Alicia added, "My most recent favorite memory is beating Gonzaga at the WCC Challenge. It was a goal we set for this season, and we achieved it."

Rowing has had a great impact on Alicia's collegiate experience. "I can't imagine college without rowing. It's played such an important roll in my experience at USD. It's gotten me connected to a community at school, and has taught me to manage my time among work, crew, and school. I have been able to excel in all 3. It's taught me how to work with all different types of personalities, how to handle stressful situations, and how to set goals and not back down until they are achieved."

Alicia is a coxswain who is constantly working to improve her role on the team. "Something that is always a challenge for me is being creative and fresh. I strive to not become dull. I am always trying to find new ways to motivate and improve our rowers both on and off the water. Adapting to changing athletes and lineups is a constant challenge."

Cresap celebrates with her teammates after winning the Berg Cup earlier this season


Alicia participates in various extracurricular activities. Alicia explains with a smile, "I'm a singer! I enjoy jazz, classical, and opera. I love cooking and baking, being outdoors by my house at the beach, riding my pink beach cruiser, rollerblading, and my dog Mickey."

Alicia feels that rowing has really had a positive impact on her growth as a student, an athlete, and a graduate entering the professional world. "I think rowing challenged me to step up and mature as a person. I feel like the lessons that I have learned in rowing are lessons that a lot of people do not learn until they are out of college and in a working environment. Being able to work with varying personalities really translates into my work at Scripps Medical Center."

Alicia's post-graduation plans are well thought out. "I'm going to stay in San Diego and I will be working at Scripps Health Foundation as an event coordinator. I started working at Scripps Health Foundation about a year ago as an intern, and I have enjoyed working there ever since then. When the position for event coordinator opened up, I applied, and was hired. I am very excited - I love using my creativity and seeing events through to completion. It's great knowing that all the money raised during these events will go towards great causes such as breast cancer research and funding Scripps Cancer Center."

Alicia was born September 7, 1984 in La Jolla CA to Elena and Jeff Cresap. She has a younger sister, Jessica, who is 19 years old and attends Biola University. Alicia will be graduating this May with a double major in Communications and Anthropology.