DURHAM, N.C. – Duke rowing head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno has been selected as a sweep coach for the 2018 US Under 23 Women’s World Championship team, as announced by USRowing Wednesday. It will be her second summer as a sweep coach.
Cooke Carcagno will be joined by Rob Weber, the head coach at Hamilton, and Brett Gorman of USRowing as sweep coaches while Hilary Gehman, the Princeton National Rowing Association, and Kate Bertko, the Stanford lightweight head coach, will join as sculling coaches.
“It is an honor to be asked to coach the women’s U23 team for another summer,” Cooke Carcagno said. “Having rowed on the team during my collegiate days, I can say it was instrumental in giving me a path to the national team. It’s a privilege to pay it forward.”
Cooke Carcagno has led a rowing renaissance since her arrival in Durham for the 2015-16 campaign and led the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Championships appearance in 2016.
In the summer of 2017, Cooke Carcagno helped guide the USRowing Under 23 National Team women's eight to a world record at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Bulgaria. Cooke Carcagno guided the women's eight to an automatic qualification to the championship race by winning its semifinal heat, finishing in 6:00.350 to set an under-23 world best time, which broke the former mark by three seconds.
Additionally, Duke junior Shannon Tierney has been invited to USRowing’s U23 Selection Camp on June 3rd in West Windsor, N.J.
“Tierney is having her best year yet,” Cooke Carcagno said. “Combined with her experience of attending the camp last summer, and rowing even faster this year, she’ll be in a strong position to tryout.”
Tierney is just one of four Atlantic Coast Conference rowers to be invited to U23 camps. The U23 National Team represents the United States at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships each year. This year, the championships are set for July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland.
As a sophomore, Tierney was a member of the V8 squad for the entire season and has continued that trend into her junior campaign. Tierney helped guide the V8 to back-to-back Carolina Cup titles, after which she was named to the ACC Crew of the Week following that performance in 2017. As a freshman, Tierney was a key member of the 2V8, helping the boat to a No. 3 seed at the ACC Championships and its first NCAA Championship appearance in school history.
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