DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Mia Johnson to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Johnson comes to Duke from Sydney, New South Wales and is currently a senior at Queenwood School where she is a member of the Sydney University Boat Club under Alfie Young.
In 2017, Johnson was named a captain of her rowing team and has garnered multiple accomplishments over the years. Johnson is a four-time Australian National Medalist, a nine-time NSW State Medalist, a two-time Queenwood Sculling Champion, was a member of the Queenwood 1st Varsity 8 (2015-17) and is a current NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River record holder and winner in 2016 and 2017.
Additionally, Johnson letter three years in both basketball and netball and was invited to train with the Australian Junior Rowing Team in 2016 and 2017.
Outside of athletics, Johnson earned academic honor prizes in 2014 and 2015 and was a member of the Queenwood Mock Trial Team.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
MJ: “I have so many amazing memories from rowing but a highlight was definitely capsizing a double scull in a notorious shark breeding area … in winter! So scary but funny!
How did you get started in rowing?
MJ: “My dad loves sailing and registered me in a sailing program. I didn’t like it and the only way he’d let me quit was if I did another “boating” sport. Luckily, I chose rowing and fell in love with it!”
Why did you choose Duke?
MJ: “I chose Duke because it combines a fantastic academic experience with amazing athletic opportunities … and a warm-ish climate! I really want to be Blue Devils’ quest for its first ACC rowing title!”
Hobbies: Traveling to new places and eating great food
Favorite athlete: Kim Crow. She’s an Australian rower who has won gold medals at World Championships and the Rio Olympics.
Best advice you’ve ever received: Success isn’t earned by chance; it’s earned when you’re willing to do more work than everyone else. That’s why it’s so difficult to come by.