DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Meera Chakrabarti to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Chakrabarti comes to Durham from Sacramento, Calif., and is currently a senior at Del Oro High School. Chakrabarti is a member of Capital Crew under the direction of Sarah Puddicombe.
Recently in 2017, Chakrabarti placed first at the Youth National Championships in the women’s 4+ in Sarasota, Fla., and captured a bronze medal at the Southwest Youth Regional Championships in both the varsity 8+ and 4+. Also in 2017, she was a member of the varsity 8+ petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic for the second consecutive year.
In 2016, her varsity 8+ placed first at the Head of the Lake Regatta and garnered silver in the U17 4+ at the Club National Championships. Chakrabarti was also named the Most Improved Capital Crew Varsity Woman during the 2016 season.
Aside from rowing, Chakrabarti lettered one year on the high school basketball team as a center and was the highest scorer on the team.
Outside of athletics, Chakrabarti has made the school honor roll every year, was a candidate for Del Oro High School Valedictorian and is also an academic mentor/volunteer school tutor as a sophomore through senior year.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
MC: “My favorite rowing memory was winning the petite varsity 8+ final in the 2016 San Diego Crew Classic. It was my first year on the varsity 8+ and the first big race I had ever won. It was such a great race and was when I realized I wanted to row in college.”
How did you get started in rowing?
MC: “I participated in a summer camp at an aquatic center the summer before my freshman year. I started rowing for Capital because I thought it would keep me busy during the off-season of basketball. I ended up getting hooked and rowing year round sophomore-senior year of high school.”
Why did you choose Duke?
MC: “Duke gives me the freedom to explore my academic interests while also having an amazing legacy of athletics that I know will push me out of my comfort zone in a good way! I love the competitive yet supportive environment at Duke, as well as the school spirit.”
Goals upon graduation: Travel to Europe, go to medical school and visit my family in India
Hobbies: Basketball, swimming, piano and drawing
Favorite athlete: Elena Delle Donne and Serena Williams