DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rowing head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno has been selected as the head coach of the 2017 USRowing Under 23 National Team as announced by USRowing. The 2016 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Staff of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Head Coach of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Staff of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year, Cooke Carcagno will lead USRowing’s women’s eight at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Cooke Carcagno, who recently completed her second season at the helm of the Blue Devil rowing program, has led Duke to new heights. Her Blue Devils have been ranked for 14 consecutive weeks, the longest streak in program history, and she has taken Duke to its first NCAA Championships.
"I'm so honored to have the privilege of working with USRowing and National Team coaches Tom Terhaar and Laurel Korholz," Cooke Carcagno said. "We have some very skilled athletes from around the country. This is a great boat, full of incredibly humble athletes. We hope to represent our schools well. I know we are developing the next group of National Team athletes. It feels great to give back to a program that started my elite career."
In her initial campaign with the Blue Devils in 2015-16, Cooke Carcagno brought home the host of awards, the first NCAA Championship appearance in program history and a second-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils entered the NCAA event with their highest ranking in program history, at No. 12.
During her second year in Durham, Cooke Carcagno helped Duke to a fourth-place showing at the ACC Championship as well as the Carolina Cup championship. Her V8 crew was named the ACC Crew of the Week after winning the Carolina Cup race with a time of 6:41.3, more than 13 seconds faster than second-place Clemson. The V8 crew rowed in the ACC Championship Grand Final and claimed fourth in a loaded race, crossing the line in 6:27.267.
The World Rowing Under 23 Championships will feature U.S. crews in 21 events, including the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s and women’s four, lightweight men’s four, men’s four with coxswain, and men’s and women’s eight.
The U.S. won three medals at the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, including gold in the women’s four and women’s eight and bronze in the men’s pair.
Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information can be found at www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com. Follow along with the U.S. Under 23 National Team as they prepare for the World Rowing Championships by using the hashtag #RowtoPlovdiv.