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Megan Cooke Carcagno turned in arguably one of the finest first-year coaching performances in Duke Athletics history during the 2015-16 campaign, receiving nearly every coaching award and leading the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Championships appearance.
Cooke Carcagno was named Duke University’s second head rowing coach on July 28, 2015, by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White. She arrived in Durham after spending seven years as a member of the Wisconsin coaching staff.
In her initial campaign with the Blue Devils in 2015-16, Cooke Carcagno brought home a host of awards with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Staff of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Head Coach of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Staff of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year. She helped Duke to its first NCAA Championships appearance in program history as well as a second-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils entered the NCAA event with their highest ranking in program history, at No. 12.
Duke completed Cooke Carcagno’s initial year ranked 16th by the CRCA and was ranked for five weeks, tied for the most in a year by the Blue Devils. She engineered the performance by facing some of the best programs in the country, taking on No. 9 Princeton in a dual, No. 3 Virginia in a dual and No. 9 Stanford at the Pac-12 Challenge.
Within the ACC, Cooke Carcagno lifted the Blue Devils from a seventh place finish in 2015 to second in 2016, their highest since coming in second in 2006, and claimed the ACC Coach of the Year award. Aiding Duke were two photo finishes that went in its favor, in the V8 and 2V8. The Blue Devils’ V4 also finished second at the ACC event.Cooke Carcagno helped seniors Katie Dukovich and Alex Stonehill receive CRCA Pocock All-America accolades as Dukovich was a First Team selection while Stonehill was a CRCA Pocock Second Team honoree. The pair were Duke's first All-Americas since Emily Theys was a second team recipient in 2013. Dukovich became the third First Team All-America in program history, and she and Stonehill were the two were the 11th and 12th Duke rowing All-Americas. Sophomore Katherine Maitland received CRCA Region 3 Second Team accolades and junior Phoebe Donovan, sophomore Jessica Findlay, senior Sarah Wall and senior Mary Wilson were named CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award winners.