Helped Yale To Three NCAA Titles During Her Four Years
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It's official. Taylor Ritzel '10 is heading to London. Ritzel was named to the women's eight that will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics in July. USRowing announced the final three U.S. Olympic crews on Friday.
Joining Ritzel will be coxswain Mary Whipple, Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Erin Cafaro, Esther Lofgren and Susan Francia. Six rowers – Whipple, Davies, Lind, Logan, Francia and Cafaro – return from the crew that won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The U.S. women's eight is the six-time defending world champions in the event. Last month at the second 2012 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, the U.S. won gold and set a new world best time (5:54.17), besting the previous best world time by more than a second.
Ritzel is the second former Yale rower to earn a spot in the Olympics. Her former teammate Tess Gerrand '10 will row in the Australian eight. Ritzel and Gerrand will likely be joined in London by Ashley Brozozowicz '04, who rowed for Canada at the 2008 Olympics and is expected to be named to the Canadian eight when the team is officially announced next week.
Ritzel is in her third year with USRowing. Shortly after graduating Yale she won a gold medal at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Belarus, and won another gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Slovenia.
At Yale Ritzel was a three-time CRCA All-American, and helped the varsity eight to three NCAA grand final titles. She was the captain of the 2009-10 Yale women's crew.
The rowing competition at the 2012 Olympics begins on July 28 on Dorney Lake, which is about 25 miles west of London.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity