June 27, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Tim Aghai solidified his spot on the U.S. U-23 World Rowing Championship roster with his trial-winning performance on Wednesday in the men's pair.
Aghai, along with Stanford's Austin Hack, will now represent the red, white and blue at next month's World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, after posting a 6:39.133 in Wednesday's finals.
After failing to make the cut at the U.S. Olympic Rowing trials earlier this month, the duo did not wane in spirit or work ethic, as each prepared to make up for the disappointment by not only qualifying, but dominating the U23 World Championships.
"We wanted to see what we can do," Aghai told USRowing.org. "There hasn't been a U.S. under- 23 pair in the finals in a while, I believe, and I don't think we have ever won a medal, so we'll give it a go."
Both Aghai and Hack were members of the U-23 eight that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships and will look to build off of their experience in preparation for a medal-winning in the men's pair this year.
Aghai ended his career at UW with an eighth-place finish at the IRA National Championships in Camden, N.J., in early June.