Erich Schmidt spring was the younger but bigger brother of Franz Schmidt spring, with which he departed for the Pennsylvania Barge Club. Her parents were German immigrants. Both brothers began in 1916 with the rowing, but had their sporting career because of the convocation in the U.S. Armed Forces and participate interrupt the First World War. Erich served in the medical corps of the armed forces and could not row in the three years to 1920. Not until 1920 that he began as his brother back to the oars. They qualified with their fellow members Kenneth Myers and Carl Klose for the Olympic Summer Games in Antwerp in 1920. There, the helmsman Sherman Clark joined them. In the four with coxswain they were subject only to the team from Switzerland and won the silver medal. After the Games, the brothers moved on to the Undine Barge Club. However, Erich ended his career shortly after the change.