DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University rowing head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the USRowing Under 23 National Team women’s eight set a world record Thursday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Bulgaria.
Cooke Carcagno, who recently completed her second season at the helm of the Blue Devil rowing program, guided the women's eight to an automatic qualification to Sunday's championship race by winning its heat on Thursday. The boat finished in 6:00.350 to set an under-23 world best time, breaking the former mark by three seconds.
In the second heat, the Canadian women's eight established the world-best time, finishing in 6:00.130 to just edge out the USA's time.
During the opening heat, the American squad trailed the Russians ever so slightly at 1:28.290 to 1:28.920. Over the next 500 meters, the US team made up the time, aided by a 34-stroke rate, and never looked back, leading for the final 1,500 meters as Russia clocked a final time of 6:03.58.
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.