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Harvard, Radcliffe Athletes, Coach Head to World U23 Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Student-athletes from all four Harvard and Radcliffe crews will represent three nations at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus, USRowing, British Rowing and Rowing Canada Aviron confirmed with announcements this week.

Seven Harvard/Radcliffe athletes will row for the United States, while three Crimson heavyweights will represent Great Britain and Harvard lightweight Stuart Taylor will be a member of Team Canada. Harvard lightweight freshman coach Linda Muri will coach the women’s U.S. pair and women’s four.

Racing begins Thursday, more heats will follow on Friday, with finals taking place Saturday and Sunday. Over 880 athletes from 57 nations are confirmed to participate in the regatta.

Taylor, a rising sophomore, will be a part of Canada’s lightweight men’s pair. Two of his Harvard lightweight teammates will make up half of the U.S. lightweight men’s four. Senior Will Newell, Harvard’s 2010-11 lightweight captain, will stroke that boat, with junior Austin Meyer in the bow seat. Sophomore Erich Schultze will sit in the two seat of the U.S. lightweight men’s quad.

Senior Olivia Coffey of the Radcliffe heavyweight crew will be part of the U.S. women’s eight for the second straight summer after placing second last year. Coffey is set to row in the bow seat of the U.S. eight. Senior Lizzy Bates had previously qualified for the U.S. U23 team and will race in the women’s lightweight double.

Harvard heavyweight junior Nick Jordan will occupy the bow seat in the U.S. men’s four without coxswain, while senior Anthony Locke will row for his native Great Britain in the men’s eight. Junior Patrick Lapage and incoming heavyweight freshman Andy Holmes are part of the British coxed four.

Formerly known as the Nation's Cup and the Match des Séniors, this is the sixth year that this regatta for rowers under 23 years of age has had “World Rowing Championship” status. It started in 1976 with 11 nations and 65 rowers participating. The event acts as a stepping stone for athletes on their way to the elite level, but who are still refining their skills.