DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Olivia Hunt to a National Letter of Intent. Hunt is a senior at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Ill.
"We are very excited to welcome Olivia to our rowing program," assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chase Graham said. "The Chicago Rowing Foundation [CRF] is one of the top junior rowing programs in the midwest. Olivia is a longstanding member of the CRF’s varsity 8 and holds two significant program erg records. We are excited to have her athleticism and competitive nature contribute to our program."
Coached by Mike Wallin, Hunt is a two-time Midwest Junior Rowing champion second-place finisher and has participated in a pair of Youth National Championship regattas. As a freshman, Hunt led her Crystal Lake Rowing Club to a second-place performance at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championship before taking second at the Tyro Cup. As a sophomore, her club finished sixth at youth nationals before lifting one spot to fifth as a junior.
She has also competed twice at the Head of the Hooch with her 8+, finishing fifth in 2015 and 2016. Hunt holds her team's 2K and 4K records.
"I chose Duke because of the strong academic history and the beautiful campus," Hunt said. "Coming from a strong rowing program, I was convinced Duke was building a winning program. Finally, I really loved the team and thought I'd be lucky to be a part of that community."
GoDuke.com is set to release each of the Blue Devils’ 2017 recruiting class signees over the coming weeks. Check back for more information on all the future Duke student-athletes.