CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Four Harvard heavyweights, Radcliffe All-American Olivia Coffey '11 and Crimson lightweight Stuart Taylor are the latest Harvard/Radcliffe rowers to be selected to compete in the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 20-24 in Amsterdam, giving Harvard a total of 12 current and former student-athletes selected for the regatta.
Coffey was named to the United States Under 23 National Team as stroke of the women's eight and will seek her second straight gold medal in the event after rowing in the bow seat of the victorious eight last summer. She was one of six Harvard/Radcliffe athletes to medal in 2010.
Another pair of returning medalists will race for Great Britain. Rising senior Patrick Lapage and sophomore Andrew Holmes stroked the Sprints-winning Harvard heavyweight varsity and freshman eights, respectively, in 2010-11 after teaming up for a U23 bronze medal in the men's four. They will again row together, this time in the eight.
Senior Michael DiSanto, a two-time Eastern champion with the Harvard heavyweight varsity eight, has been chosen to stroke the men's coxless four for the United States. Former boatmate David Wakulich '11 will be racing in the same event but for his home country of Canada.
Taylor, a Harvard junior, will also race for Canada, in the men's lightweight four. He is coming off a 2011 spring season featuring wins at Eastern Sprints in the second varsity eight and at the IRA National Championships in the varsity four.
Six Harvard/Radcliffe athletes had previously qualified for and accepted spots on the U.S. U23 team: Lizzy Bates '11 in the lightweight women's double, sophomore Andrew Campbell in the lightweight men's single and the lightweight men's quad of junior Matt O'Leary, junior Erich Schultze, sophomore Michael Wales and junior Alex Newell.
Campbell and the lightweight quad are coached by Harvard lightweight assistant coach Linda Muri. Last year, Muri helped guide three U.S. boats, including Coffey and the women's eight, to U23 gold medals.
A record 63 nations have entered a record 314 crews for the regatta. Entries, timetables, full reports, live audio streaming, live results and features will be available at www.worldrowing.com.