DURHAM, N.C. – Nearly three weeks removed from its first-place finish at the inaugural Lake Wheeler Invitational, the No. 17 Duke rowing team is set for the two-day ACC Championship on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.
The 2019 regular season has been a success for the Blue Devils, as they have posted 15 first-place finishes in final races and have been in the top two in 23 of their 25 final races this year.
Duke started off the year winning the Carolina Cup on Lake Hartwell on March 9, scoring 90 total points for a third-straight Daughtry Trophy. The Blue Devils then traveled to Cherry Hill, N.J., on March 24 and competed in the Cooper Sprints on the Cooper River. Duke competed against 15 other schools and earned first-place finishes in the 2V8, 2V4 and 3V8.
The Blue Devils mirrored their three first-place finishes two weeks later, as the 2V8, V4 and 2V4 crews earned first at the Big Ten/ACC Dual in Charlottesville, Va., on April 6. After inadequate weather forced the two-day Clemson Invitational to be cancelled, Duke took home the first-place Pocock Trophy at the inaugural Lake Wheeler Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., on April 26-27. The Blue Devils co-hosted the regatta with North Carolina and registered a final total of 99 points with four first-place finishes to win.
Duke has also brought in a slew of weekly ACC awards. The 2V4 (3/13), 2V8 (3/28) and V4 (4/11) have all earned ACC Crew of the Week nods for their performances throughout the season.
“Our team is excited to take on the ACC this weekend,” said head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno. “This is the biggest and most competitive group to date. I’m looking forward to seeing how our entire team races in the heats and finals. I’m so proud of our support of one another. That depth is what is making our team get noticed right now.”
Day one action starts Friday at 5:30 p.m., with the grand final races beginning Saturday at 8 a.m.
Watch link (day one): http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3507706/acc-rowing-championship
Watch link (day two): http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3507675/acc-rowing-championship