DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Anne Klok to a National Letter of Intent. Klok is a senior at Vossius Gymnasium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Klok got her start in rowing from her parents. Her mother, Anita Meiland, participated in the 1992 Olympics as a member of the quadruple sculls and won a bronze medal at the 1995 world championships. Her father, Jacques Klok, participated in the Match des Seniors in 1990 with the U23 4+.
"We are very excited to welcome Anne to the Duke Rowing family," assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chase Graham said. "Our team has many international athletes, and with the addition of Anne we will have representation from the Netherlands. Her National and World Championship experience will be an excellent addition to our strong incoming class. While Anne has plenty of wins already, she remains focused on what is in front of her. We are confident she will help Duke continue to climb the ranks at future ACC and NCAA Championships."
A member of the R&ZV de Amstel for club rowing, Klok spent four years (2013-16) with the program that owns seven national championships. She was also a member of the Dutch national junior team in 2015 and 2016. With her home country, she claimed second at the Coupe de la Jeunesse, seventh at the Junior European Rowing Championships and 10th at the Junior World Rowing Championships.
"I chose Duke because I can see there is a lot of potential in the rowing team and I really want to be a part of that," Klok said. "I think the Duke rowing program is very good. I can become a better rower at Duke and reach my full potential. Also, the academics really appealed to me."
Klok will head to Duke as the 2015 U17 national champion in indoor rowing, 2014 U17 and 2015 U17 national champion in the junior double, 2014 U17, 2015 U19 and 2016 U19 national champion in the junior quad and 2016 U19 national champion in the junior eight. She was coached in high school by Liesbeth Hollander, Willem-Jan de Widt and her mother.
"I look forward to having a big team full of motivated girls who always train together," Klok said. "I also look forward to training towards a goal together and getting better as a team. I think the spirit of being one big team is something I will really enjoy."
Away from rowing, Klok was a member of the high school's debate team, which made the final of the national championships three times.
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