First in canoes, then in kayaks and rafts, we explored whitewater rivers allover the Inland Northwest. Other weekends, while our lifejackets and wetsuits dried out, we took to the mountains: old-growth forests, glacier-fed lakes, and of course, huckleberry patches. And on the rare occasions foul weather forced us indoors, the adventures never ceased: spontaneous piano recitals, jigsaw puzzles galore, and winner-take-all Scrabble contests were all on the docket.
Considering how much the Redman girls traipsed about outside, it’s no surprise that my sister, Romany, and I continued our outdoor adventures into high school athletics. Life as a high school cross-country runner and Nordic ski racer bestowed me with fabulous memories, a solid work ethic, and a serious sock tan.
However, as a six-foot-tall runner, I towered over my fellow racers. When I began learn-to-row classes with the Spokane River Rowing Association, I decided that rowing was the perfect fit (literally!). I walked into Yale’s boathouse on the first day of practice absolutely exhilarated: for the first time in my life, I was surrounded by girls MY SIZE! It took four years of hard work, and many hours of Coach Will Porter’s very patient tutelage, but I slowly developed into a capable oarswoman. In 2008, I graduated college with a BA degree, many incredible friendships, and two NCAA championships.
I loved this sport, and I was good at it… why not see how far I can go? Grad school will always be there, and adulthood will come whether I like it or not. I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work alongside the most incredible, strong, athletically-driven women in the country, all in pursuit on amazing dream.
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