DURHAM, N.C. – Duke rowing head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and rising senior Isabel Ruby-Hill are set to take the international stage for the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland.
Cooke Carcagno is set to lead the U.S. as a sweep coach for the U.S. women’s 8+ squad while Ruby-Hill was selected a member of Canada’s women’s eight boat.
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.
During her third year in Durham, Cooke Carcagno helped Duke to a third-place showing at the ACC Championship as well as secured the Carolina Cup for the second-consecutive year. For the first time in program history, the No. 18 Blue Devils qualified all five boats to the Grand Final at the conference championship and collected three medals.
Ruby-Hill, a product of Toronto, Ontario, earns a spot on the Canadian U23 team after being named to the 2018 Division I All-Conference Team by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association in June.
The Blue Devils entered the 2018 campaign unranked before climbing up the rankings, ultimately capping the season at No. 19. During its unranked time, Duke placed seventh at the highly competitive Clemson Invitational, besting then No. 18 Syracuse and No. 20 Oklahoma in the team standings. The following week, the Blue Devils checked in at No. 19 in the CRCA rankings and went on to defeat then No. 15 Michigan State in the V8, 2V8, V4 and 2V4 races.
At the ACC Championship, the V4, 2V4 and 3V8 all secured medals in the Grand Final. The V4 clocked its fastest time of the season (7:12.86) to place second while the 2V4 notched third in 7:20.82. The 3V8 also crossed the finish line in its fastest time of the campaign in 6:43.06 to take third.
Live audio commentary and a live race tracker will be available for all races on www.worldrowing.com. Start list, schedule, results, news photos, live blog and quotes from athletes can also be found at the aforementioned link.
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