DURHAM, N.C. – Duke rowing head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno was selected a sweep coach in April for the 2018 US Under 23 Women’s World Championship team. The 72-person roster that will compete July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland has been set, as announced by USRowing.
The U.S. will have 22 crews competing at the five-day event. Events include the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight single sculls, double sculls, lightweight double sculls, quadruple sculls, lightweight quadruple sculls, pair, lightweight pair, four, four with coxswain, and eight.
The U.S. won five medals at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The women’s eight and lightweight men’s four won silver medals, while the women’s single sculls, women’s pair, and men’s four with coxswain won bronze medals.
Cooke Carcagno will be joined by Rob Weber, the head coach at Hamilton, and Brett Gorman of USRowing as sweep coaches while Hilary Gehman of the Princeton National Rowing Association will join as sculling coaches.
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.
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 in 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.
Individually in 2018, senior Katherine Maitland and junior Isabel Ruby-Hill were named to the Division I All-Conference Team by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association while Maitland, Rhea Bergman, Marissa Donadio, Shannon Tierney and Kiernan Spencer were named CRCA Scholar-Athletes.
Cooke Carcagno’s U.S. women’s eight squad will see a familiar face at the world championships as Duke rising senior Isabel Ruby-Hill was selected a member of Canada’s U23 women’s eight team.
Complete press coverage, athlete bios and links to event information will be available at www.usrowing.org and www.worldrowing.com. Follow along with the U.S. Under 23 National Team as it prepares for the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships by using the hashtag #WRU23Champs.
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