Meyer-Bosse will row for Harvard
Updated 1:51 am, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Max Meyer-Bosse is in position to do great things in the water.
"I'm really excited," Meyer-Bosse said. "Harvard crew is historically a great team and I hope to win a few races in the spring. But there's a lot of hard work that needs to be done between now and then."
Meyer-Bosse proved time and again he can row at the highest level. He helped the U.S. National team place fifth at the World Championships in Eton, England this summer while sitting in the seventh seat on an eight-man boat.
"It was a great experience representing the U.S.A. and I made friends with people I'll be competing against for the next four years," Meyer-Bosse said.
Performing in an eight was a new experience for Meyer-Bosse because he normally did singles, duals and quads. He values it because at Harvard, most of his races will be eights.
Before going to England with the national team, Meyer-Bosse placed second in the doubles and fourth in singles while represent the Saugatuck Rowing Club at the National Championships June 12. He took the silver with Graham Anderson of Weston.
"The single is mentally the toughest because you are by yourself," Meyer-Bosse said. "You are with someone in the doubles and it works if you are comfortable with him."
His ability to work well with Anderson -- his partner for four years -- made a difference. Meyer-Bosse rowed from the bow, which is the front of the boat, while Anderson worked at the stern, the back of the boat.
"We have been comfortable with each other," Meyer-Bosse said. "Our coach put us in the lineup together, it worked out and we went from there."
Although working singles is a challenge for Meyer-Bosse, he relished the opportunity and did what it took to succeed.
"You have to have all the confidence in the training, which starts in the fall," Meyer-Bosse said.
He won The Youth National Championships two straight years, placed third at the Head of the Charles Regatta one year and followed by taking second the following year. Meyer-Bosse also won many local races.
During the winter is when most rowers do the bulk of their training. Rowing outside may not be feasible then but Meyer-Bosse and his peers train by working on the erg machines, which isn't easy. They do other exercises, which varies every day. In the end, these workouts make a difference.
"The erg is great because it works on your entire body," Meyer-Bosse said. "It helps us get in shape and maintain our anaerobic threshold."
One trait that describes Meyer-Bosse is strong -- which helps him excel in crew.
"You just have to be mentally tough, sit there and work hard," Meyer-Bosse said. "You have to listen to your coaches. It's a sport where you get out what you put into it. Doing it over and over again, helped. You can't back out and you have to be willing to go."
Life as a rower began for Meyer-Bosse in seventh grade when he took a weekend course at SRC and liked it. Academically, Meyer-Bosse excelled and took five AP courses his last two years at Staples. Foreign languages (German, Spanish and Chinese) are his favorite subjects. His ability to balance crew with his studies enabled him to succeed in both endeavors.
"Rowing practices are pretty long," Meyer-Bosse said. "I'd go from school to the club [SRC], get there by 2:45 p.m. and get home by 6:30 p.m. You have to keep track of your work and get it done. You have to work pretty diligently."
The 6-4, 190-pound Meyer-Bosse is undecided about his major and career plans. He already had his first practice with the Crimson and knows getting to the next level won't be easy but he's ready for the challenge.
"You have to do what the coaches tell you to do," Meyer-Bosse said. "You're the lowest on the totem poll and you haven't proven yourself. You have to work hard and be willing to do the work you have to do."