CLEMSON, S.C. – The V4 boat captured gold for the first ACC gold medal in school history as the No. 17 Blue Devils placed second with 90 total points at the ACC Championship Saturday morning at Lake Hartwell on the campus of Clemson.
Duke garnered four silver medals on the day – the most in school history at one ACC Championship - to go along with its gold medal. Duke’s 90 total points is also the highest in school history. Virginia took home the ACC crown with 95 total points, while Syracuse earned third with 75 points.
In the first Grand Final of the morning, the 3V8 boat took second with a time of 6:53.512, just over two seconds faster than third place Syracuse. Two races later, in the 2V4 Grand Final, Duke again took second, clocking a time of 7:31.778 and outracing third place Miami by five seconds.
In the V4 Grand Final, the Blue Devils jumped to an early lead over Syracuse, Virginia, Miami, Notre Dame and Clemson. Duke widened its lead after 800 meters, and pulled out to a boats length lead with 100 meters to go. The crew of junior Rani Duff, freshman Amelia Shunk, freshman Olivia Von Stauffenberg, sophomore Anne Klok and graduate student Tara Christensen gave Duke the gold medal victory, the first in school history at the ACC Championship.
Two races later in the 2V8 Grand Final, Duke secured second with a time of 6:44.177, two plus seconds faster than third place Clemson. In the final race of the morning, the Blue Devil V8 crew registered a second place time of 6:35.437, four seconds behind first place Virginia (6:31.268).
“Overall the team did a great job today,” said head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno. “I think they stepped up on the right day and I think they had their best races so far all the way across the board. Five Grand Finals, five medals, I think that is a testament to the direction that we are heading and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Duke took home multiple awards from the ACC Championship. Along with the gold medal winners, seniors Isabel Ruby-Hill and Sophie Simister earned All-ACC First Team honors, while junior Tara Fagan received All-ACC Second Team. Cooke Carcagno was awarded ACC Coach of the Year, the second of her career (2016). Shunk rounded out the individual award winners by earning ACC Freshman of the Year honors. Shunk is the first Blue Devil to earn ACC Freshman of the Year since Katie Dukovich in 2013.
“I wish I could slice it five ways,” said Cooke Carcagno on winning the ACC Coach of the Year award. “For me it’s always staff, I’m one piece to that puzzle. I graciously accept the award but for me it’s always divided five ways.”
Duke awaits the NCAA Selection show on Tuesday, May 21 at 5 p.m. for a chance at an at large bid for the NCAA Championships at the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Indianapolis, Ind., May 31-June 2.
3V8 (Grand Final): 1. Virginia (6:48.332), 2. Duke (6:53.512), 3. Syracuse (6:55.289), 4. Notre Dame (6:57.749), 5. Louisville (7:04.014), 6. Clemson (7:12.070)
2V4 (Grand Final): 1. Virginia (7:24.780), 2. Duke (7:31.778), 3. Miami (7:36.281), 4. Syracuse (7:38.730), 5. Clemson (7:46.183), 6. Boston College (7:54.013)
V4 (Grand Final): 1. Duke (7:22.300), 2. Syracuse (7:27.231), 3. Virginia (7:29.402), 4. Clemson (7:34.133), 5. Notre Dame (7:39.756), 6. Miami (7:48.162)
2V8 (Grand Final): 1. Virginia (6:39.527), 2. Duke (6:44.177), 3. Clemson (6:46.093), 4. Syracuse (6:50.592), 5. Notre Dame (6:51.250), 6. Louisville (6:57.262)
V8 (Grand Final): 1. Virginia (6:31.268), 2. Duke (6:35.437), 3. Syracuse (6:38.177), 4. Notre Dame (6:41.019), 5. Louisville (6:44.204), 6. Clemson (6:45.350)
1. Virginia 95
2. Duke 90
3. Syracuse 75
T4. Clemson 58
T4. Notre Dame 58
6. Louisville 41
T7. Miami 30
T7. North Carolina 30
9. Boston College 18
All-ACC Rowing Team
Isla McRae, Clemson
Isabel Ruby-Hill, Duke
Sophie Simister, Duke
Emily Stinebaugh, Notre Dame
Megan Vorcoe, Syracuse
Heidi Long, Virginia
Anna Fairs, Virginia
Izzi Weiss, Virginia (coxswain)
Kylie Kramer, Boston College
Aliute Udoka, Clemson
Violette Legrand, Louisville
Tessa White-Parsons, Miami
Maria Marroquin, North Carolina
Laura Migliore, Notre Dame
Sydney Michalak, Syracuse
Mackenzie King, Virginia
Tara Fagan, Duke (coxswain)
ACC Crew of the Year — Virginia First Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Izzi Weiss, Stroke: Reilly White, Heidi Long, Anna Fairs, Emily Ashton, Jamey Bulloch, Sophie Kershner, Lizzie Trull, Bow: Carrie Warner