Will Sit In Women's Four Without Coxswain; Competition Set For Aug. 23-30 In Poland
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jamie Redman, who helped Yale's varsity eight to a pair of NCAA Championships, will represent the United States at the 2009 World Rowing Championships scheduled for Aug. 23-30 in Poznan, Poland. Redman will be in the U.S. women's four without coxswain.
"We have an incredibly strong lineup," said Redman, who is currently in Poland preparing for the championships. "Our stroke [Elle Logan] is an Olympic gold medalist and bow pair [Amanda Polk and Esther Lofgren] has each won Worlds in various boats. If we can maintain our powerful rhythm, I have confidence that we'll go fast."
Redman won a gold medal last summer with the women's eight at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. She has spent the last year working out at the U.S. training facility in Princeton, N.J.
"Because we don't have to work around any academic schedule, the training volume is definitely larger than our collegiate training," Redman said. "Without classes, we have the time to put in the mileage and build up our aerobic fitness. Of course that often means long, tedious practices on the rowing machine, but all those kilometers pay off when we get to summer racing."
At Yale, Redman was a 2007 CRCA All-America selection and twice earned All-New England honors. She helped the Bulldogs varsity eight to an undefeated season, including the NCAA title, in 2007 and then another national championship as a senior. Training in Princeton, she was able to watch Yale at both the Eastern Sprints and NCAAs in Cherry Hill, N.J., last spring.
"It was thrilling to finally be a spectator, but it was a little bittersweet at the same time," she said. "I was the only rower to graduate from the 2008 varsity eight so it was tough to watch my teammates launch without me. I miss collegiate rowing, but I'm stoked at how well the team rowed this season."
At the world championships, Redman will be an in a boat without a coxswain.
"In the eight, the coxie tells you what to do, steers the boat and keeps us all technically focused," Redman explained. "In the straight four, we don't have a coxswain so it's all up to us. It was a little nerve-wracking to steer at first, but we haven't collided with a bridge yet, knock on wood."
Redman, a three time CRCA Scholar Athlete who earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, hopes to attend graduate school someday, but for now is focusing on rowing.
"I'm still planning on continuing my education, but I think I'm going to see where rowing takes me," she said. "Grad school will always be there, but the chance to race with these world-class athletes is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity