DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Alice Elworthy to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2019-20 season.
Elworthy comes to Duke from Christchurch, New Zealand, and attended and competed for St Margaret’s College under head coach Trudy Keys. She most recently competed for the Southern Rowing Performance Centre rowing club where she earned a bronze medal in the U20 2- and 4-.
Elworthy competed for the St Margaret’s College varsity team in 2017-2018, earning second-place in the U20 4-, and third in the U20 2- and Open 8 at the Mainland Inter-Provincial Championship. During the 2016-17 school year, she was named captain of the South Island U18 team, where she won first in the U20 4x+ Mainland Inter-Provincial Championship. She also competed in the Maadi Cup New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship with St Margaret’s, earning second in the U18 8+.
In 2015-16, Elworthy swept the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championship with three first-place showings in the U17+, U16 4+ and U18 8+ with St Margaret’s, as well as finished first in the Maadi Cup in the U19+. Her freshman year, in 2014-15, she registered a top finish in the Marlborough Championship in the U15 8+, while also recording a second-place finish in the Maadi Cup New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship U15 8X+.
Elworthy has been recognized for numerous awards, including multiple St Margaret’s College Academic Achievement and Academic Effort awards. She received the Silver Tie award in 2017 and was a Sally Mene Tanoa award finalist for inspiring leadership in 2016. Along with rowing, Elworthy competed on numerous St Margaret College basketball teams, including the purple team in 2017 and intermediate C team in 2016. She also played netball, where she competed on the 12 B team in 2017 and 11 C team in 2016. Elworthy was also on the year 12 barbershop choir and chapel committee.
Elworthy is the daughter of Tom and Victoria Elworthy. She also has two brothers, Hugo and Monty.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
AE: For me, I don't really have one favorite memory as the sport has given me so many. Obviously the successes at National regattas give me a great feeling of accomplishment, however, my favorite memories of rowing have been thereat laughs and other little moments I have shared with the people in the various squads I have been in.
How did you get started in rowing?
AE: I started rowing when I started high school. That was the earliest anyone could start rowing in New Zealand. I started because I liked the idea of beginning the sport with everyone else. We all had no experience and all had a reasonably equal chance to become great.
Why did you choose Duke?
AE: I chose Duke because, to me, the squad, the students and the campus all have a really good vibe. My family and I had a gut feeling when I was deciding where I wanted to go, that Duke is the place I should be.