June 25, 2012

Jamie Redman ’08 Named Spare For 2012 U.S. Olympic Squad

Narrowly Missed Earning Spot In Pair Crew

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jamie Redman '08, who helped the Yale varsity eight to pair of NCAA titles, has been named a spare for the United States Olympic team that will compete in London in July.

Redman narrowly missed earning a spot on the U.S. roster in the pairs. She and partner Amanda Polk were in the lead at the midway point of the Olympic Trials final on June 14, but Sara Hendershot and Sarah Zelenka made up the difference and crossed the finish line first.

"I'm thrilled… even if I can't race, I'm excited and honored to support my teammates/best friends in their Olympic preparations.  The Dream lives on! Go Team USA," Redman wrote on her blog – Around the Lake: Adventures With Jamie And The US Rowing Team.

Redman is in her fifth year with Team USA. Earlier this spring, she won a gold medal and set a world record (5:54.17) in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II. She also has captured gold at the 2010 and 2011 World Rowing Championships and at the 2010 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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.

She joins a pair of her former teammates who will be in London. Taylor Ritzel '10 was named to the U.S. eight last Friday, while Tess Gerrand '10 will row in the Australian eight. In addition, Ashley Brozozowicz '04, who rowed for Canada at the 2008 Olympics, is expected to be named to the Canadian eight when the team is officially announced later this week.

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