Rower’s Edge is pleased to partner with Mary Whipple and Taylor Ritzel.  Mary and Taylor are resources for Rower’s Edge clients as well as other student athletes who are looking to improve their coxing and rowing skills.

Mary Whipple has been the coxswain for the United States Women’s 8+ for 11 of the past 12 years. Mary coxed the 2004 Olympic eight to a Silver medal and steered the 8+  to three World Championship titles in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as well as a Gold medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

As many coxswains know, there may not be a lot of coaching when it comes to coxswains.  Some coaches like the coxswain to learn as they cox while others just don’t have time to concentrate on the coxswain.  Still others will give some coaching but the coxswain may want more personal attention.  Mary will work individually with coxswains-reviewing tapes and setting goals for both practice and racing with the goal of improving technical and motivational skills.  She is an independent resource of expertise for the high school coxswain which can be invaluable.

If you are interested in getting more information, please feel free to contact Mary:

Taylor Ritzel graduated from Yale in May 2010. She is a three-time NCAA Division I Champion, gold medalist in 2 events at the 2010 Worlds Rowing U-23 championships, and the current World Champion in the Women’s 8+. Taylor is a gold medalist in the  2012 Olympic Women’s 8+.

We have found  that some of our clients (and non-clients as well) have goals that they want to attain but for some reason cannot achieve them.  Taylor will work individually with high school rowers to develop a training plan that works for them.  She will work both on sharpening the mental edge of the rower as well as improving their physical base.  This can happen during any season-whether on the water or off.  We are very excited for our clients to work with Taylor to reach their potential.

If you are interested in getting more information, please feel free to contact Taylor: