Pair of Heavyweight Rowers Named to the Under 23 National Rowing Team
July 6, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy rising seniors Ted Baumgardner and Alexander Kornick have both been selected to the 2012 Under 23 U.S. National Rowing team, it was announced this week by USRowing. Baumgardner will compete in the men's four boat, while Kornick will row in the second seat of the men's four with coxswain boat. The 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships will take place July 11-15 in Trakai, Lithuania.
Baumgardner and Kornick were both a part of Navy's first varsity crew this past season.
"It is great to see two of our Navy oarsmen make the Under-23 National Team," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "It's a testament to their hard work and motivation throughout the entire year. Alex, a high school swimmer, learned to row here at Navy and we pride ourselves in teaching novices to compete at the highest level of collegiate rowing and beyond. Ted will be our captain next year and has been our fiercest competitor over the past three years.
"Both of these men represent our entire team and the commitment and dedication we have towards Navy Rowing. Each one of our athletes helped push Ted and Alex to reach the U.S. National Team. This is something our entire boathouse can be proud of."
It marks the second consecutive year Navy has been represented at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships as Will Race competed in the four without coxswain last summer.
Under 23 world champions will be crowned in 21 events including the men's single sculls, women's single sculls, lightweight men's single sculls, lightweight women's single sculls, men's double sculls, women's double sculls, lightweight men's double sculls, lightweight women's double sculls, men's quadruple sculls, women's quadruple sculls, lightweight men's quadruple sculls, lightweight women's quadruple sculls, men's pair, women's pair, lightweight men's pair, men's four, women's four, lightweight men's four, men's four with coxswain, men's eight and women's eight.
A total of 23 athletes return from the 2011 Under 23 National Team including six medalists. Last year, the United States won four medals and set two under 23 world best times in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The U.S. won gold in the women's pair and men's eight and bronze in the women's eight and lightweight men's single sculls.
Racing begins on July 11, with heats. Finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15.