Ashley Brzozowicz '04 Earns Silver Medal With Canadian Eight
LAKE KARAPIRO, New Zealand – The United States' gold medal winning eight the 2010 World Rowing Championship had a distinct Yale flavor. Jamie Redman '08 and Taylor Ritzel '10 both helped the U.S. row to a nearly four second victory over Canada on a spectacular spring afternoon. It was the fifth straight gold medal for the U.S. eight at the world championships, but the first that Redman and Ritzel have been a part of. Ashley Brzozowicz '04 won a silver medal with the Canadian eight.
The U.S. women's eight came to New Zealand as the favorite to win, despite the crew's age and experience. In the heat the U.S. backed those expectations with the fastest time of the day and moved straight to final. Staying focused and on target during the four days off, they came to the line Sunday prepared.
The start was a bit off and they rowed through the opening 200 meters fighting in the pack. The U.S. had the lead by the first quarter buoy, and just kept building until they pushed into open water, finishing nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Canada with a time of 6:12.42.
Canada finished with a time of 6:16.12 and Romania took bronze in a time of 6:18.96.
The victory capped a remarkable year for Ritzel. In May, she stroked the Yale varsity eight to the NCAA title for the third time in the last four years. Then in July she helped the women's eight to a gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Belarus.
"It's been quite a whirlwind summer," Ritzel told US Rowing. "Coming to the senior group, I felt like a novice again. I had so much to learn, and continue to have so much to learn, but the women who are in this boat, the older women, with all their experience, I just so admire it, and I have that to look up to."
Redman has considerable experience with U.S. Rowing. She won a gold medal in 2008 with the women's eight at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. At the 2009 World Championships, she won a silver medal with the women's four without coxswain.
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.
Brzozowicz is a veteran with Canadian Rowing. She joined the team full-time in 2006 and has competed in numerous international regattas, including the 2008 Olympics.
At Yale, Brzozowicz was in the No. 6 seat in Yale's varsity eight that finished second at the 2004 NCAA Championships. She was the first athlete to row under head coach Will Porter's tutelage to earn a spot in the Olympics.
Ritzel, Redman and Brzozowicz were all coached by Will Porter at Yale.
Photo of U.S. eight on medal stand courtesy of US Rowing.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity