DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Amelia Shunk to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Shunk comes to Durham from Corte Madera, Calif., where she is currently a senior at Redwood High School. Shunk is a member of the Marin Rowing Association under the direction of Sandy Armstrong.
This season, Shunk is a team captain and has been a member of both the varsity 8+ and the varsity 4+. Last season with the 8+, Shunk took second place at the Head of the Charles and also garnered silver at the San Diego Crew Classic. Shunk helped her boat to a first-place finish at the Regional Championships and a third place at Youth Nationals. In the 4+ boat, Shunk placed second at the Regional Championships.
Aside from rowing, Shunk was a two-time captain of her volleyball team as a pin hitter (outside hitter).
Outside of athletics, Shunk is a member of her school’s Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She has been a four-year member of the Redwood High School Leadership Class, a Beyond Differences Teen Board Member, a Decision Analysis Educator and a babysitter in her spare time.
Shunk’s father was a member of Stanford’s men’s rowing team and her sister is currently on Amherst’s volleyball team.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
AS: “Second place at San Diego Crew Classic and racing our 4+ at the Southwest Regional Championships. I enjoyed the people, the laughs, and the competitive nature … we would always tell jokes or tell stories before the start to calm our nerves.”
How did you get started in rowing?
AS: “I was playing volleyball and it was unclear where my volleyball career was headed. After my JV season, two of my volleyball teammates were going to try out for rowing. They convinced me to give it a try and my dad was very happy because he rowed in college.”
Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
AS: “My teammates have made the biggest impact on my life. They have been so supportive, loving and kind but have also pushed me to be a better athlete each and every day.”
Hobbies: Baking, cooking, hiking and ceramics
Favorite athlete: Simone Biles – for her ability to overcome a tough childhood and be an incredible athlete (not to mention, also being the most decorated American gymnast)
If you could play another sport in college, what would it be?: Volleyball. Much like rowing, you rely heavily on your teammates and I have always been drawn to that aspect of sports.