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Westport Rower Heading to Harvard

Westport's Max Meyer-Bosse wanted all along to head to an Ivy League school to continue his rowing career. Even he was a bit surprised, however, that Harvard ended up being his choice.

"When I first started the process, I thought Brown was going to be the school for me,'' said Meyer-Bosse, who has won titles in the past two U.S. Youth National Championships for the Saugatuck Rowing Club . "I knew some people there and thought I might be going there."

Meyer-Bosse also considered Yale. In the end, however, Harvard's campus near Boston and its strong program captured the heart of the Staples High School senior. "There was just something about Harvard. There was an intangible that I really liked."

Meyer-Bosse is one of the nation's most decorated junior rowers. In addition to the two titles at the Youth Nationals, he also rowed on the U.S. Junior National team this past summer. He won the national title in June with Graham Anderson , who will continue his career at Columbia. Meyer-Bosse won the Youth title with Owen Traynor in 2009. Traynor is now at Brown.

"It's going to be funny when we have to go against each other,'' Meyer-Bosse said. "We've been friends for such a long time. I think we'll be totally fine. As long as he's not going to Yale, we'll be fine."

Meyer-Bosse will join another national champion from the area at Harvard. New Canaan's Andrew Campbell, who rowed out of Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk, is a freshman at Harvard. He also won gold at the U.S. Youth meet in June and competed for the Junior national team. "I saw him during my visit, and we hung out a little bit,'' Meyer-Bosse said. "I had a great time on my visit. I really liked the team and had a good feel about it."

Meyer-Bosse is uncertain what path of study he'll follow at Harvard. He's studying three languages at Staples and is also interested in foreign business. While he determines which academic path to take, Max and Graham are preparing to defend their national title.

"We'd also like to make the national team,'' Meyer-Bosse said. "That's pushing us. You also don't want to be the slowest kid on the team when you show up at school. You don't want to get fat and lazy."

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