Head Coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing team are pleased to announce the addition of Emily Gustafsson to compete starting in the fall of the 2019-20 season.
Residing in London, England, Gustafsson attends and competes for the Godolphin and Latymer School under head coach Dan Safdari and also competes for the Godolphin and Latymer Boat Club.
Gustafsson competed at Fours Head, earning second-place, and also competed at Wallinford Head, also registering a second-place finish. She also raced in the Final Met Regatta, the Henley Women’s and Sculling Shield.
Gustafsson is the daughter of Jan and Jean Gustaffson and also has two brothers, Christopher and William.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
EM: My favorite rowing memory was at a small regatta that my coach entered us into. We raced in an eight rather than our usual four and our only practice together was a couple of bursts and racing starts as we headed to the start. Despite this unpreparedness, all nine of us were determined to do the best we could. We began hard and had confidence in our abilities to support each other later on during the race. It was close until the very end but we managed to get them just in time. This highlighted to me that teamwork and perseverance are what I love most about rowing.
How did you get into rowing?
EM: Rowing tryouts were offered the whole year and I was convinced to go because it was going to be “my only chance to ever row on the Thames” and I thought that sounded quite fun - and now I’ve rowed on it hundreds of times since!
Why did I choose Duke?
EM: After visiting in October and getting to watch one of the training sessions, I saw the support between both the students in classes and the rowing squad during training which was something I really wanted to be a part of. As well as the incredible opportunities for both academics and athletics at Duke it seemed like an amazing place to spend the next four years!