DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Ella Harris to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Harris comes to Durham from London, England, and currently attends Queen Anne’s School. Harris is a member of the Reading Rowing Club under the director of Dan Moore.
Recently, Harris was elected as head of Queen Anne’s Boat Club and was selected for the Great Britain World Class Start Program.
Aside from rowing, Harris has lettered in lacrosse, netball and swimming. Harris competed at the national level from 2015-present and the county level for netball (2013-16) and swimming (2012-14).
Outside of athletics, Harris is the deputy head girl of her school and is a drama and academic scholar.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
EH: “Competing in Henley Women’s Regatta in amazing rowing conditions in a quad for Reading Rowing Club.”
How did you get started in rowing?
EH: “The Great Britain World Class Start Program came to my school to test our aptitude for rowing. I received an email saying that I had gained a place and started rowing with the program.”
Why did you choose Duke?
EH: “I watched practice on my official and really wanted to be a part of it. The high level in academics and athletics also really appealed to me. I also loved the community of the team, the campus and the climate!”
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends and cooking
Favorite athlete: Helen Glover
Best advice you’ve ever received: Nothing will work unless you do.