DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Coco Dana to a National Letter of Intent. Dana rows for Marin Rowing Association and is a senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, Calif.
At Marin, she was coached by Sandy Armstrong. Dana earned a gold medal while representing the United States Junior National Team at the 2016 CanAmMex Regatta.
"Spending five years as a head coach at the junior level, you learn the name Marin Rowing Association very quickly," assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chase Graham said. "Coco has had a wonderful rowing career at Marin that will continue with high aspirations this spring. On her visit to Duke, she witnessed our squad doing the power wheel circuit. If a recruit sees that workout and still wants to come to Duke, we know she is a keeper. We are excited for her to bring her rowing and baking talents to Duke."
In addition to rowing, Dana earned varsity letters in soccer and sailing. She was the starting goalie on the varsity soccer squad during her freshman year and was the gold fleet skipper and crew member as a freshman and sophomore sailor. Dana took part in the Women's Double Handed and Single Handed Sailing National Championship as a freshman and sophomore.
"Before my visit to Duke I was impressed by the great academic opportunities and the growing success of the rowing team," Dana said. "But then what really stood out was the incomparable culture of the team as both athletes and students. I am excited to join a close knit community of girls who all have similar interests- succeeding in the classroom and on the water."
Away from rowing, Dana was a four-year member and Club Head of Operation Smile, a club that raises money for children with Cleft Palate. She was also a four-year member of Simple Gifts, a club that raises money from women and children's organizations in the Bay Area and a two-year member of the Math Club.
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