DURHAM, NC – For the third time in program history, the Duke rowing team will compete in the NCAA Championships, as the No.17 Blue Devils won a bid for the 2021 regatta held in Sarasota, Fla. From 28 to May 30.
“With last season cut short and the limits of this season, I am so excited that our team is winning a few more races at the championship level,” the head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno mentionned. “They have worked incredibly hard and I am delighted to let them fight with great teams.”
Duke’s appearance is his third since 2016 – Cooke Carcagno’s first season in Durham. The Blue Devils won two races in the C final that year and finished 17th in the team standings, followed by a 16th place finish at the 2019 championships.
The Blue Devils are three days away from a silver medal performance at the CCA Championship in Clemson, SC Duke collected 84 points as a team, with the Varsity Eight, Varsity Four and Third Varsity Eight boats each finishing second in their respective races. V8 crew members Gabriella Salvati and Sydney johnson were named to the first All-ACC team for the first time in their careers, as graduate students Tara Fagan won the All-ACC second team accolades for the second time (2019).
The Blue Devils were selected as one of 12 touring teams alongside Alabama, Brown, California, Ohio State, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Washington State and Wisconsin.
The 10 programs that won automatic auctions by winning their conference championships were Gonzaga (West Coast), Marist (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), Michigan (Big Ten), Navy (Patriot League), Northeastern (Colonial Athletic Association), Rhode Island (Atlantic) 10), Southern Methodist (AAC), Texas (Big 12), Virginia (ACC), Washington (Pac-12).
Duke entered the championships as the No.12 seed in the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight events, while the Varsity Four boat took the No.8 seed.
The competition begins Friday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m.ET. More information on the NCAA Rowing Championships will be available on GoDuke.com prior to the start of the regatta.