DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Kelsey Lackey to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Lackey comes to Durham from Wyoming, Ohio, is currently a senior at Wyoming High School and is a member of the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club under the direction of Andy Piepmeier.
Recently in 2017, Lackey helped the varsity 8+ boat place second at the Youth Nationals.
Outside of athletics, Lackey qualified for States in the National History Day Competition and garnered the Outstanding English 11 Student Award.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
KL: “My favorite rowing memory was in junior year at the Midwest Championships. Our 8 was in the grand finals and I was so nervous that something bad would happen and we wouldn’t qualify for nationals. The race ended up being one of our best races as a boat and we won by open water. The feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing that we were going to nationals is unexplainable.”
How did you get started in rowing?
KL: “I started rowing because of my older brother, Bryce. He decided to try it when he was a sophomore and loved it. He told me about how much fun he was having and that when I got into high school I should try rowing too. I started rowing as a freshman to follow in his footsteps and it was the best decision I had ever made.”
Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
KL: “I think that my oldest brother, Bryce, has made the biggest impact in my life. He was always the brother I was closest with and I wanted to be just like him. He was the one that got me into rowing and to this day he always gives me great advice not only for rowing, but also for life. I don’t know where I would be without him.”
Why did you choose Duke?
KL: “I chose Duke because ever since I visited the campus, I have wanted to go there. The campus is beautiful and I love the state of North Carolina. When I watched a rowing practice, I was really hooked. Coach Cooke Carcagno’s coaching styles really remind me of how my current coach coaches and I really like that. I also chose Duke for the academics. I hope to one day be successful in life and I believe getting an amazing education at Duke will really help with that.”
Goals upon graduation: I hope to get a good job and take some time to travel before settling down. I would love to go to Europe!
Favorite athlete: Katie Ledecky – I love watching swimming in the Olympics and she is also a strong female athlete which I find empowering.
Best advice you’ve ever received: To never quit something you used to love. I use this advice whenever I am feeling down and feel like I should give up on something. It forces me to work harder … to keep going.