Madeleine Wanamaker


Date of birth






Began Rowing

2013, University of Wisconsin


Neenah, Wis.


Neenah, Wis.

Current residence

Princeton, N.J.

High School

Neenah High School

Undergraduate Education

University of Wisconsin, Environmental Studies & Life Sciences Communication, 2017

Training Location

Princeton, N.J.

Current Coach

Laurel Korholz

Club Affiliations

USRowing Training Center - Princeton

National Teams

Four – Under 23, 2016-17; Senior, 2018-19

International Results

Raced in the four at the 2019 World Rowing Cup II...Finished fifth in the pair and the four at the 2019 World Rowing Cup I...Won gold in the four at the 2018 World Rowing Championships...Placed second in the eight at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships...Placed 11th in the quadruple sculls at the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

National Results

Finished ninth in the varsity eight at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships...Finished ninth in the second varsity eight at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.


Maddie ran and played soccer in high school but chose to pursue rowing in college. She walked on to the University of Wisconsin program in 2013 and cites this decision as one of the best she's ever made. She was CRCA Second-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-Big Ten Conference in 2017. She was Academic All-Big Ten from 2015-2017. Maddie was the 2017 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. In addition to rowing, Madeleine is passionate about art, music and the outdoors. On her afternoons off, you can find Madeleine at the Princeton Library, Small World Coffee or watching reality TV with her teammates. Madeleine's spirit dog is the Shiba Inu. Madeleine is a second generation, Wisconsin rowing, walk-on. She had been dead set on going to UW Madison since she learned what college was. When it was obvious that she was not going to run or play soccer at her dream school, her parents suggested rowing. When Madeleine started rowing, Vicky Optiz and Grace Latz, Wisconsin alumnae, were making a name for themselves on the international rowing scene. They were living proof that walk-ons from Wisco could be among the best in the world. Madeleine looked up to them her entire rowing career and was starstruck when she started rowing with them at the USRowing Training Center - Princeton. They’ve been amazingly supportive the past few years, and Madeleine is especially honored to be rowing with Vicky at this year’s world championships. Maddie would like to thank her family, friends and host family for their continued support and love.

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