July 18, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
For the second consecutive year, Navy will be sending a pair of rowers to the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Ted Baumgardner, the recently-graduated captain of the men's heavyweight team, and rising senior Katherine Ashton have both been selected to compete for the 2013 Under 23 United States National Rowing Team, USRowing announced this week. Baumgardner has been selected to the men's eight boat, while Ashton will row in the women's four without coxswain.
The 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships will take place July 24-28 in Linz, Austria.
It marks the second consecutive season Baumgardner will compete at the event, making him one of the team's veterans.
"It's definitely been a different experience this year, being one of the older guys," said Baumgardner. "There are only two others from last year that are back, so it's an interesting dynamic being one of the returning guys. I think my Naval Academy background has helped me fill that veteran role."
Last year, Baumgardner was a part of the four without coxswain boat that finished fourth, just missing a medal. Being part of the eight crew this season has provided even further drive.
"With the eight crew being the two-time defending champion, not only do I have the motivation of just missing out on a medal last year, but also the pressure to win again with this boat. We're gunning hard for the medal stand and want to make a statement."
Fellow member of the class of 2013 Alex Kornick also took part in last year's World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Kornick came home with a silver medal in rowing with the four with coxswain crew.
For Ashton, it will be her first opportunity to compete on the international stage.
"I was thrilled after we won trials to know that I made the team; I'm so lucky to get the chance to work with this elite group of women from all over the country," said Ashton. "So far I have learned a great deal from our coaches and my teammates. I cannot wait to proudly represent the USA in Austria and to show off all the hard work we've put in this summer when it comes to racing time. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity."
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.
For more information on the upcoming World Rowing Under 23 Championships, visit USRowing.org.