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Stephen Young ’09 named to 2012 World Rowing Championship team

Former MIT heavyweight crew coxswain Stephen Young ’09 will represent the United States at the 2012 World Rowing Championships which will be held from Aug. 15 to 19 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This will be Young’s second time coxing at the World Rowing Championships. Last year in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, he raced in the men’s coxed pair and in the lightweight men’s eight.

In 2009, Young steered the MIT heavyweight men to their best season in recent history, helping the crew defeat Princeton University for the first time since 1975. This year, Young will cox Justin Stangel and Blaise Didier as they attempt to win the U.S.’s first medal in the coxed pair since 2009. 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.

—Lucas Goodman