July 22, 2008
BRANDENBURG, Germany - It's been quite a last two months for Jamie Redman '08. On June 1, she sat in the No. 5 seat in Yale's varsity eight that won the NCAA Championship for the second straight year. On Sunday, she added a gold medal to her collection. Redman was part of the United States' women's eight that finished first at the 2008 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
"Wow. First NCAAs, now Worlds. It didn't really sink in until they started playing the national anthem on the medals dock," Redman said. "I'm so blessed to have had such an awesome collegiate rowing experience. Coach [Will] Porter definitely knows what he's doing. I didn't know which end was up when I first arrived at the Gilder Boathouse."
The U.S. eight finished with a time of 6:36.01, nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Poland (6:39.72). Belarus was third in 6:43.35 followed by Canada (6:46.22), Germany (6:46.46) and Russia (6:52.26).
"We were down off the start, but we had confidence in the strength of our base rhythm," Redman said. "750 meters into the race, our coxswain yelled `here come the Americans!' and we got so fired up that we took seats on the entire field."
"Last year we let the external factors dictate our race plan - the weather, the competition, etc.," Redman said. "This year we decided to keep an internal focus. The conditions were tough and the racing was tight, but I thought our crew did an excellent job of just executing the race plan without any outside distractions."
Redman was one of two Yale graduates to win gold at the championships. She was receiving her medal when Charlie Cole '07 and the U.S. men's eight were on their way to victory.
"It was exciting to be able to cheer for a fellow Yalie," she said.
Redman, a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete who earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, plans to get a doctorate in physical therapy but has deferred admission in order to continue to train with the U.S. team in New Jersey.
"Yale Crew whipped me into shape," she said, "so it seems a shame to retire now."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity