Hi. My name is Maddie Wanamaker and I am a current US National Team rower. I love rowing way too much and spend almost all of my time searching for more knowledge of the sport. You’re reading my rowing blog, so that shouldn’t surprise you very much.
I was an athlete in high school, but I didn’t start rowing until I went to college. When I walked into Wisconsin’s Porter Boathouse for the first time, I felt right at home. These rowers were unapologetically tall and strong. They worked hard and got shit done. I had found my people.
After my four years at Wisco, I am most proud of our two consecutive top-ten finishes at NCAAs my junior and senior year. I graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in environmental studies and science communication as well as second team all-conference and all-region honors.
I spent two summers, 2016 & 2017, rowing on the US U23 National team in the quad and the eight respectively. After my time in the eight, I was invited to row with the senior national team. I made my first Senior National Team this summer and won a gold medal in the women’s 4- in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
In my free time I like reading, creating mediocre art, watching historical costume dramas and going to museums. Mia Hamm is my sports hero. My dream job would be testing and reviewing outdoor apparel and gear for Patagonia. Dark beer is my drink of choice.
I currently live and row full time at the US Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey.