Aug. 1, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Katherine Ashton, a May graduate of the United States Naval Academy and four-year member of the women's rowing program, was recently announced as a recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the spring season. She joins Elizabeth Hoerner, a fellow May graduate and former member the women's soccer team, as Midshipmen who earned this prestigious honor during the 2014 school year.
The NCAA annually awards post-graduate scholarships of $7,500 to 29 men and 29 women during each of the three sports seasons (174 in all for the year). The one-time grants are presented to student-athletes who are in the final year of their athletic eligibility and have excelled academically and athletically in their intercollegiate careers. Recipients can come from any of the three NCAA divisions.
A standout four-year performer as a part of the Navy women's rowing program, Ashton earned All-America accolades in each of her last three seasons as a Midshipman. Earlier this year, she was named a CRCA Second-Team All-American, in addition to recognition on the CRCA All-Region and All-Patriot League teams. A member of the varsity eight boat from 2012 through 2014, Ashton and the Mids went 5-0 in regular season head-to-head action this spring before winning individual gold at the EAWRC Sprints and finishing first overall in the team competition. The team title was the first EAWRC championship in school history.
An accomplished rower away from the Severn River, Ashton found success on the international rowing scene, as she competed for the United States at the U-23 World Rowing Championships during the summer of 2013 in Linz, Austria. She also tested her skills at the 2013 World Indoor Rowing Championships and placed fifth out of 189 competitors.
In the classroom, Ashton excelled as well, as she graduated in May with a 3.77 cumulative GPA, while majoring in mechanical engineering. In June, she was recognized on the Patriot League Honor Roll for the fourth time in four years, becoming just the ninth Midshipmen in women's rowing history to achieve such an honor. From a national standpoint, Ashton was named in May as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete for the third time in her career.