DURHAM, N.C. – After a two-week break from regular season competition, the No. 20 Duke rowing team is back in action Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State and Notre Dame. Action at Griggs Reservoir begins at 8 a.m.
Duke will send its V8, 2V8, 3V8, V4 and 2V4 to the event. The Blue Devils will race all five boats against the three opponents with Duke’s first event, the V8, beginning at 8 a.m.
“This weekend is a great opportunity for us to work on our road game one more time,” head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno said. “We get to go up against two top-five teams, which is what we did a lot of last year and I think we learned a ton about ourselves and what it takes to be a top-level program. Ohio State has been in the mix for the last three national championships. They set the standard. Michigan has been on the rise for the last few years and proved to be very fast.”
So far this season, Duke has swept its way through the Carolina Cup scrimmage with victories by the V8, 2V8, V4, 2V4 and 3V8. Following the event, the V8 was named the ACC Crew of the Week.
The Blue Devils then traveled to the Longhorn Invite and advanced to all A Finals, winning the 2V4. The boat was recognized as the ACC Crew of the Week.
“I really hope that we can find and define the character of who we are and how we race as we go into each weekend,” Cooke Carcagno said. “Every single practice and race is an opportunity to define who we are, what we’re known for and let our opponents know what they’re up against.”
The Blue Devils are back in action next weekend with their second trip to Clemson this season as they will take part in the Clemson Invite on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday Race Schedule
|Race||Lane 1||Lane 2||Lane 3||Lane 4|
V8 - Meagan Lew, Megan Conroy, Sarah Fletcher, Isabel Ruby-Hill, Olivia Mendonca, Shannon Tierney, Sophie Simister, Katherine Maitland and Elizabeth Horne
2V8 - Karly Pearson, Lelia Boley, Jessica Findlay, Kiernan Spencer, Abby Artmann, Rhea Bergman, Celia Macrae, Taji Phillips and Phoebe Donovan
3V8 - Rani Duff, Grace Garverick, Isabel Ruffin, Madison Brown, Sara Varsames, Anna Jenkins, Kiamya Philson, Cassie Ingram and Alexa Campbell
V4 - Tara Fagan, Caroline Willis, Tara Christensen, Bella Miller and Karley Whelan
2V4 - Jiahui Liao, Tani O'Neill, Julia Weber, Danielle Lodge and Marissa Donadio