DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Ginger del Real to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2019-20 campaign.
Del Real comes to Durham from Wellesley, Mass., and currently attends Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is a member of the Community Rowing Inc. rowing club, under the direction of head coach Skye Elliot.
Del Real recently helped her squad to a second place finish in the women’s youth 4 at the 2018 Canadian Henley as part of her club team. In 2017, her high school crew captured eighth place in the women’s youth 4 at the Head of the Charles, and was recognized as the overall most competitive high school team in Massachusetts.
An active member in her community, Del Real has received multiple awards including the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Social Activism, and the Goal III Award which recognizes social awareness that impels to action. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the co-head of the Peer Education Community. Del Real is a weekend volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury, and has raised over $1,000 on behalf of the IAM Strong Foundation.
Del Real was born in Boston Mass., and is the daughter of Juan Carlos and Wendy del Real. She has two sisters, Caroline and Darcy. Both of her parents are graduates of Duke University.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
GD: “My favorite rowing memory was training for the HOCR in 2017 with my school. The girls in that boat were pushing themselves because they wanted the best results for each other. It was an incredibly powerful experience for our small school team to do well in an international regatta, as we didn’t know how strong of a boat we were. Training for that race with that group of girls has stayed with me as the ideal of what this sport can do.”
How did you get started in rowing?
GD: “I started coxing for Newton Country Day School my freshman spring. I heard that the team needed a coxswain and naively thought, “I could do that!” I ended up being in the fourth varsity boat that season and making friends on the team that I have kept to this day. I honestly can’t imagine how my life would have turned out if I hadn’t had the courage to try something new.”
Why did you choose Duke?
GD: “I chose to row for Duke because I was so inspired by the community of the team. I could see from visiting the school and attending practices that the girls were connected by more than just the looseness of a team name. They were invested in each other and connected by real relationships. I could see early on in my recruiting process that this environment was unique to Duke, and that I wanted to be a part of that team culture.”
Hobbies: traveling, cooking, singing, and making Spotify playlists for my friends
Favorite athlete: Aly Raisman
Best advice you’ve ever received: “Live the Fourth.”