DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Rivca Chaver to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2019-20 campaign.
Chaver comes to Durham from Kentfield, Calif., and currently attends Redwood High School. She is a member of the Marin Rowing Association rowing club under the direction of head coach Sandy Armstrong.
Chaver raced in the varsity 8+ boat her junior campaign, after competing in the junior varsity 8+ her sophomore year and the freshman A boat during her freshman season. Most recently, she helped guide her varsity 8+ crew to a first-place finish at the 2018 San Diego Crew Classic, and a fourth place finish at the 2018 Youth Nationals.
An academic scholar, Chaver was selected as a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018-19, and is also a candidate to be a finalist. She has been a member of the CSF Honors Society for the past three years, which recognizes students who have maintained an A grade average, and she is also a candidate for an AP Capstone Diploma.
Chaver was born in San Francisco, Calif., and is the daughter of Alon and Karah Dunlap-Chaver. She has two sisters, Abigail and Zeeva.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
RC: “Winning the final at SDCC. We stopped rowing and everyone was just desperately breathing and we were all thinking 'Did we actually win?' There was this joyful satisfaction as we all started realizing that we had won that made the pain seem so worth it.”
How did you get started in rowing?
RC: “I joined a middle school program after getting bored with soccer, basketball, and a very brief stint with running, and loved it. Once I started, no other sports or activities could compare and I just kept going!”
Why did you choose Duke?
RC: “I chose Duke for three reasons. Firstly, I really liked the academics. Secondly, the vibe on campus was full of energy but positive and focused on doing. And finally, in meeting the rowing coaches and the girls on the team, I found a group of people that I want to spend time with, work hard with, and grow with. I chose Duke because I believe I will be really happy there.”
Hobbies: “I like reading, writing, and drawing. Slightly less generically, I also play Dungeons and Dragons on the weekends.”
Favorite athlete: “My favorite athlete is Megan Rapinoe, from the US Women's soccer team. She is a very talented player and on a personal level, she grew up in my mom's home town. Also, she is very open about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and she came out at a time when I was coming to terms with my own identity.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: “Do things because you want to do them, not because you feel you should.”