WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – MIT heavyweight crew alum Stephen Young (ME '09) will represent the United States at the 2012 World Rowing Championships which will be held Aug. 15-Aug. 19 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria as announced by USRowing. This will be Young's second time competing at the World Rowing Championships after taking fourth in the men's pair with coxswain and fifth in the lightweight men's eight at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.
Young was a top boat coxswain all four years at MIT, after he began coxing at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. in 2001. Young steered the heavyweight men's squad to its best season in recent history during his senior year, including a win over former Olympic gold medalist and current Great Britain Olympic Team member, Greg Searle, in the first round of the intermediate men's eight (Ladies' Challenge Plate) at the 2009 Henley Royal Regatta. Young has spent the past two years training with the US Men's National Team at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. and the USRowing National High Performance Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Young was named an assistant high performance coach at the National High Performance Center in Oklahoma City last fall and has been assisting head coach Bryan Volpenhein with the Olympic men's pair and lightweight men's four. He has also been training and competing with the high performance group in Oklahoma City, earning wins in the men's eight at the 2011 USRowing National Championships, the lightweight men's eight at the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta and the men's pair with coxswain at the 2012 USRowing National Championships.
This year, Young joins fellow 2010 men's pair with coxswain teammate, Justin Stangel (Syracuse '07), and returning member of the 2011 men's pair with coxswain, Blaise Didier (Washington '10). The trio will likely face strong crews from Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy, all medalists in the event from the previous two World Rowing Championships. The U.S. last medaled in the men's pair with coxswain earning gold at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.
All events at this year's World Rowing Championships are self-funded events; to find out more and to support Stephen and his teammates, visit: http://natrowing.donorpages.com/SeniorNationalTeam/Mens2.