Ashley Bauer got a view that she'll never forget while competing for the USA women's rowing team July 23-26 in Varese, Italy.
A 2012 New Albany graduate who competed for the Westerville high school club rowing team, Bauer helped the country's quadruple sculls boat finish ninth at the U23 World Rowing Championships.
"We got to row with the Swiss Alps in the background," Bauer said. "It was really pretty."
Bauer, a senior for Ohio State, was one of six members of the Buckeyes women's team to compete in the U23 championships.
Bauer rowed in the second seat and helped the quadruple scull finish third in the B Final in 6 minutes, 48.76 seconds. Russia's winning boat finished in 6:25.2.
Also rowing in Bauer's boat were Meghan Wheeler (Princeton), Coco Schoeller (Brown) and Daphne Martschenko (Stanford).
Bauer rowed on Ohio State's first varsity 8 during the 2013-14 season, as the team won its second consecutive NCAA Division I championship.
The world championships were the first time Bauer has competed in a quad, a race in which rowers use two oars as opposed to one.
"It's an interesting experience," Bauer said of the quad race. "It's a lot more technical. It was a great experience because I hope to move on to more rowing. I'm hoping to train with the senior team when I graduate."