DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 19 Duke rowing program concluded the 2017-18 campaign with impressive times and finishes on the water while juggling the responsibilities of being a Duke student-athlete.
For the first time in program history, the Blue Devils notched a 3.50 team GPA during race season, qualified all five boats to the Grand Final at ACCs, captured three medals at the conference championship and finished ranked in the top 20 of programs nationwide for the third consecutive year.
Recent Duke graduate Katherine Maitland and rising senior Isabel Ruby-Hill were named to the 2018 Division I All-Conference Team by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) following their impressive seasons, capped by a third-place finish at the ACC Championship. As members of the V8 for the entire spring campaign, the duo captured the Carolina Cup crown for the second consecutive year, placed seventh as an unranked team at the Clemson Invitational, besting No. 18 Syracuse and No. 20 Oklahoma, and defeated No. 15 Michigan State in four out of five boats in double dual action in Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to all-conference recognition, Maitland was joined by Rhea Bergman, Marissa Donadio, Shannon Tierney and Kiernan Spencer as CRCA Scholar-Athletes. Duke has had at least three student-athletes recognized for academic success by the CRCA each of the last eight years as this year’s five Blue Devil selections match the 2015 and 2008 totals. The award is the second for Bergman and Tierney and the first for Donadio, Maitland and Spencer.
Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno was selected as a sweep coach for the 2018 US Under 23 Women’s World Championship team, marking her second summer as a member of the coaching staff. Cooke Carcagno’s U23 National Team will compete at the Henley Royal Regatta and the U23 World Championship in Poznan, Poland, July 25-29. In addition to Cooke Carcagno, Ruby-Hill and Tierney were selected to try out for Team Canada and Team USA, respectively.
Associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Chase Graham was selected for “Coach-Con 2018”, a hands-on collaborative learning experience for the country’s top collegiate assistant coaches.
The Blue Devil rowing program also celebrated Duke’s 20 year anniversary of being a varsity sport with alumni and families from around the country.
Sixteen incoming Blue Devils from successful national and international rowing clubs will join the program in the fall in search of another successful year on the water.
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