Regatta Starts Sunday In Bled, Slovenia
PRINCETON, N.J. – Jamie Redman '08 and Taylor Ritzel '10 enjoyed tremendous success when they rowed together in Yale's varsity eight. The two helped the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Championships. Now, they are together rowing in the United States women's eight, and the results have been equally impressive. Redman and Ritzel will be looking to cap off a memorable summer at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, which begin on Sunday on Lake Bled in Bled, Slovenia.
The U.S. has dominated its competition this summer, already posting wins at the World Rowing Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the Royal Henley Regatta in England.
Redman and Ritzel both won gold medals at the World Championship last year as well. Joining them in the crew this year are coxswain Mary Whipple, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Amanda Polk and Esther Lofgren.
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.
Ritzel also is quickly gaining experience with U.S. Rowing. Shortly after graduating Yale she won a gold medal at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Belarus.
At Yale she was a three-time CRCA All-American, and helped the varsity eight to three NCAA grand final titles.
Redman and Ritzel won't be the only former Yale rowers at the World Championships. Ashley Brzozowicz '04 will once again sit in the Canadian eight. 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.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity