DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Payton Fraser to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Fraser comes to Duke from Orinda, Calif., and is currently a senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif. Fraser is a member of the Oakland Strokes rowing club under the direction of Allison Ray.
Recently in 2017, she was a member of the 4x that placed ninth overall at the US Youth National Championships and in 2016 placed third in the same boat at the UK National Schools Regatta.
Aside from rowing, Fraser is also involved in volleyball, soccer and lacrosse and received a letter in both soccer and lacrosse. In soccer, Fraser was the starting varsity goalie, was a middle blocker in volleyball and a center midfielder in lacrosse.
Outside of athletics, Fraser was a member of the school’s choir and participated in school musicals. She is also a member of Project Open Hands, a school club that volunteers with special needs children and Senior Sisters, a program that helps freshman girls feel welcome and transition into high school.
Her father, Drew, was a captain on the football team at Cornell (1985-89) and her cousin, Kyle, played lacrosse at Stanford (2011-15).
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
PF: “My favorite rowing memory was representing Oakland Strokes at Youth Nationals.
How did you get started in rowing?
PF: “When I moved to England my sophomore year, the sports I played in the United States (volleyball and lacrosse) were not as well-developed there. I decided to try out rowing and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Why did you choose Duke?
PF: “To me, there is no better combination of academics and athletics than Duke. As soon as I visited campus, I knew it was the perfect place for me.”
Hobbies: Singing, piano and playing the ukulele
Favorite athlete: “My favorite athlete is my cousin Kyle. From a young age, I watched her lacrosse games at Stanford. From that point, I set a goal for myself that I would reach a point of academic and athletic success that I would be able to play a collegiate sport.”
If you could play another sport in college, what would it be?: Football