Hi. My name is Maddie Wanamaker and I spend pretty much all of my time and energy on the sport of rowing. 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. I knew I had found somewhere I could belong when I walked into Wisconsin’s Porter Boathouse for the first time. I was surrounded unapologetically tall, strong women who worked hard and got shit done. I wanted to be one of them.
After my four years at Wisco, I am proud to say I helped elevate the program from it’s 16th place NCAA finish my freshman year to two consecutive top-ten finishes 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 changed my life plans, rented a single and moved to Princeton, New Jersey. I will be rowing said single until further notice, so if you need me I’m probably bopping around on Mercer Lake in my WinTech (do I get a discount for being a brand ambassador @wintech???).
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.