Q- How do you feel about UCSD’s season so far?
SPROWLES- We’re doing really well. Our team has a lot of strong fencers right now and we’ve been very competitive regionally as well as challenging some of the strong national teams. We are currently leading our conference and I’m very proud of how our team has been doing against teams across the country such as Notre Dame, UNC, and Stanford.
Q- How did you get started in fencing?
SPROWLES- I started fencing in fifth grade when a few of my friends tried it out and my dad encouraged me to join them. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Q- What is the most difficult part of fencing?
SPROWLES- The most difficult part of fencing is effective training. Fencing requires endurance, speed, strength, and mental focus and keeping all of those things at a high level at all times is very challenging.
Q- How has the coaching staff helped improve you over your career at UCSD?
SPROWLES- The UCSD coaches provide a great space for practice and help me a lot with my training. I feel much stronger as a competitor now than I did before coming to UCSD.
Q- Do you have a funny story you can share involving the team and coaching staff?
SPROWLES- I’ve got a couple of funny stories saved up, but most of them would embarrass one or more of my teammates, so I’d rather not make them public...let’s just say that we have a pretty good time in general.
Q- Being from Capitola, which do you prefer, northern or southern
SPROWLES- I’d say that I prefer
Q- What is your major and what do you plan to do after graduation?
SPROWLES- My major is psychology and right now I’m planning on teaching fencing after I graduate.
Q- Which UCSD student-athlete are you glad you do not have to face in competition?
SPROWLES- I actually wind up having to face my teammates during the Western regional competition, but fortunately I don’t have to face them for most of the matches during the year. My teammate Ben Dorn is a very strong fencer and not someone I like to face in a tournament.
Q- UCSD has traveled out-of-state for several matches this year. What has been your favorite trip and least favorite trip? Did you have time for any sight-seeing on the trip?
SPROWLES- My favorite trip was to
Q- Do you have a favorite professor or class at UCSD?
SPROWLES- My favorite class has been Psych 141: Evolutionary Psychology with Don Macleod. If you have the opportunity, I strongly recommend taking this class. It is incredibly interesting subject matter and the round table format makes for very lively discussion.
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