Navy Rowers Produce a Strong Showing the U23 World Championships
July 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy rowers Ted Baumgardner and Katherine Ashton both wrapped up competition at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz, Austria this past weekend. In competing for the United States, Baumgardner picked up a silver medal as part of the men's eight crew, while Ashton's four boat competed in the B final.
For Baumgardner, it marked the second consecutive year he competed at the World Rowing Championships. It is also the second straight summer a Navy rower has captured a medal as Alex Kornick picked up a silver as part of the four with coxswain crew in 2012.
"It was definitely a different experience the second time around," said Baumgardner. "After finishing fourth last year I brought some higher expectations to Austria and was going to help the team do whatever it took to get some hardware. The greatest aspect to me is that all 13 guys from selection camp that competed at the World Championships came away with medals (the eight and four without coxswain boats)."
Baumgardner and the U.S.A.'s eight crew opened the World Championships with a third-place finish in its heat race. The Americans clipped Spain by nearly 2 seconds to win its repechage race and earn a spot in the finals. In the finals, the U.S. got out to a slow start as it sat in sixth place 500 meters into the race. But the U.S. battled back strong, overtaking four other crews to get into second place in the final 500 meters. New Zealand won the race with a time of 5:28.63, followed by the U.S., which clocked a 5:31.79.
"We really wanted to pace ourselves and got off the line at a sustainable pace. We had the slowest time in the first 500 but we felt that really set up our second half of the race," said Baumgardner. "We were able to hit our stride and get in a really good rhythm in the middle 500. At the halfway point we really started pouring it on.
"We were a very young crew and were pleased with the way we were able to learn from our first two races and put a full 2k together."
Ashton and the women's four finished fourth in its heat and fell to the B final where it finished second behind Romania.
"It was great to see another Navy rower win a medal for our country on the world's stage," said Navy heavyweight head coach and director of rowing Rob Friedrich. "Congratulations to Ted, who will now start training to becoming a Marine Corps officer. It's also a great story to have Katherine Ashton coming back to lead our women's team in their quest for another Patriot League title next season."
Baumgardner graduated this past May with a degree in quantitative economics. Ashton is a rising senior majoring in mechanical engineering. In helping lead Navy to the Patriot League title this past season, she earned CRCA First-Team All-America honors.