WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – MIT alums Skip Dise (CE '03) and Stephen Young (ME '09) will represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Championships which will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand as announced by USRowing. The Engineers will occupy both ends of this year's lightweight eight with Young sitting in the coxswain seat and Dise rowing bow seat. Dise returns to international competition after earning a silver medal in the lightweight men's eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This will mark Young's first year as a member of the USRowing National Team.
Dise, former MIT lightweight men's captain and most inspirational oarsman, began his rowing career at MIT. By his junior season, he was the stroke of the lightweight varsity eight. Prior to his selection to the national team, Dise rowed for the Riverside Boat Club High Performance Group where he earned several gold medals in the men's lightweight eight and progressed to the semifinals at the Henley Royal Regatta in the intermediate quadruple sculls (Prince of Wales Cup). Recently, Dise has trained with the Pocock Training Center, the Oklahoma City High Performance Center, and the USRowing Training Center in Princeton.
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 National Team member, Greg Searle, in the first round of the intermediate men's eight (Ladies' Challenge Plate) at the 2009 Henley Royal Regatta. Young spent the past year in Philadelphia coxing the elite men for the Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association, earning multiple wins in both the open and championship men's eights.
Dise and Young were both invited to the USRowing lightweight eight selection camp held at the Oklahoma City High Performance Center this past July through August. At the conclusion of the camp, they were both selected to race in the US entry at the Canadian Henley Regatta, where they defeated the Canadian lightweight contingents in the championship eight event. This year the American squad seeks to reclaim gold from the Italians and will also face a strong Australian crew coached by former U.S. National Team and Princeton Heavyweight coach, Curtis Jordan.
Dise and Young will be joined by four returning members of last year's silver medal crew. Dise, along with Matt Muffelman (Dartmouth '03), Jimmy Sopko (Navy '05), Matt Kochem (Cornell '08), and Kenny McMahon (Wisconsin '08) return to the lightweight eight and seek gold in New Zealand. Young joins Julian Bowling (Navy '10), Michael Kerrigan (Navy '10), and Bob Duff (Columbia '10) as first-time members of the USRowing lightweight eight.
Young also qualified in the heavyweight men's coxed pair, to earn a seat in two of the three coxed events at the World Rowing Championships. After coming in second in the first final of the USRowing Senior World Championship Trials by 2.5 seconds, Young's crew of Nareg Guregian (Cal '10) and Justin Stangel (Syracuse '07) strung together two outstanding performances. The last two finals both resulted in come-from-behind victories in which the winner was decided by no more than three feet. The coxed pair looks to defend a gold medal performance from last year's world championships.
Both the lightweight eight and the heavyweight coxed pair are self-funded events; to find out more and to support Skip and Stephen, visit www.firstgiving.com/2010LM8 and www.firstgiving.com/2010M2with.