DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Kiki Densel to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Densel comes to Durham from Sudbury, Mass., and is currently a senior at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School where she is a member of Community Rowing, Inc., under the direction of club coach Skye Elliot.
Densel most recently garnered a gold medal as a member of the U19 Women’s 8+ at the 2017 Royal Canadian Henley. Densel also placed fifth at the 2017 Club National Championships with the U19 Women’s 2x.
Aside from rowing, Densel played eight years of club soccer for the FC Stars of Massachusetts, which was consistently ranked in the top-10 in the country. With the FC Stars, Densel competed in the 2014 and 2015 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) National Playoffs.
Outside of athletics, Densel is a National Merit Commended Scholar and was awarded several honors including: the 2017 Science Department Book Award, the 2017 Yale University Book Award and the 2015 History Department Award. Densel is also a four-time Lincoln Sudbury Scholar. In her spare time, the Sudbury, Mass., native volunteers at the local children’s science museum and represents her school at the Women of Science competition.
Densel’s parents, Christiane and William, graduated from Duke in 1989.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
KD: “My favorite rowing memory is during one of my first novice races when my 4+ flipped on the dock. We were all soaking, cold, and embarrassed, but looking back on it now is a good way to see how far we’ve come and have a good laugh.”
How did you get started in rowing?
KD: “I started rowing at CRI’s Learn to Row program as a way to break up training for soccer during the summer before my sophomore year. I fell in love with everything about the sport and with the incredible community that CRI fosters. I soon made the best decision of my life and devoted myself completely to rowing.”
Why did you choose Duke?
KD: “I chose Duke because I want to be part of a student body that is talented, driven, and down-to-earth. When I visited campus, I admired the culture of both the rowing team and the entire school. Furthermore, I grew up watching the Blue Devils, and always wanted to be part of such a longstanding and awesome tradition.”
Hobbies: cross-country skiing, trying new foods and collecting fun socks
Favorite athlete: Tom Brady (Go Pats!)
If you could play any other sport in college, what would it be?: Football. When I was younger, I dreamed of being a kicker in the NFL.