DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Stella Haley to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Haley comes to Durham from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and currently attends Saratoga Springs High School. Haley is a member of the Saratoga Rowing Association under the direction of Eric Catalano.
Throughout her young career, Haley has racked up multiple accolades and most recently placed fourth at the Head of the Charles in the varsity 8+. As a sophomore, Haley made the varsity 8+ and notched second at the scholastic nationals in the varsity 8+ event. During the summer of her sophomore year, Haley attended the US High Performance Camp twice and made the Can Am Mex team, where she got third place in the double and quad. In her junior year campaign, Haley was a member of the varsity 8+ that placed fourth at the Head of the Charles and also won scholastic nationals in the same boat.
Outside of rowing, Haley is a member of the National Honor Society and won Saratoga Springs’ technology and English awards multiple times.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
SH: “It was this past summer racing in the double at Can Am Mex and Club Nationals. Every race we were down off the start, no matter what we tried, yet somehow we were able to walk back up to the field and through the competitors. It was the coolest feeling to be able to do that. On my home team we are always fast off the start, so experiencing this different style taught me a lot. I learned to stay competitive no matter the odds.”
How did you get started in rowing?
SH: “I had a friend who really wanted me to come try rowing. I started in the middle of winter and we were erging, which is usually everyone’s least favorite part of rowing. I thought it was so awesome and I had such a great time. After one practice I knew this was my sport. Ironically, my friend who wanted me to try rowing quit one season later.”
Why did you choose Duke?
SH: “I chose Duke because of the culture. I felt there was a great balance between the academics and athletics, which is very important to me. I also felt that at Duke there is a lot of support for whatever your passion was. I felt that no matter what you want to pursue your peers will respect it. I also loved the team! Just like the school, I felt the women were striving for excellence on and off the water, all why supporting each other.”
Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
SH: “My mom. She inspires me to be a better version of myself. She has taught me how to stay true to my values even when I am in a difficult situation. She also supports me in all of my goals.”
Hobbies: Weight lifting, reading and volunteering
If you could play another sport in college, what would you pick?: “I would pick swimming. I think swimming would be the most similar to rowing. I learned how to swim when I was younger and I loved being in the water. I also like how it’s a race. I really love the competitiveness of racing. I also don’t think other sports would work for me due to my lack of eye-hand coordination.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”