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Join Nike Crew Camps and Duke University for their inaugural season! Head Coach, Megan Cooke Carcagno, and the Duke Women's Crew Staff have created a competitive rowing culture based on expertise, dedication, and hard work.
With a standout 2017 season and a bid to the National Championship, Duke Women's Crew is one of the top rising programs in the country. Their passionate and knowledgable staff understands how to help rowers thrive in and out of the water to become elite athletes.
- Practice and train at the new, state of the art Bertha K. Bergman Boathouse
- Get an inside look at an elite, collegiate athletic program
- Discussion of long term development and individual instruction for each rower
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Camp Director Chase Graham
Chase Graham joined the staff in August of 2015 and serves as the associate head coach. Graham served as an assistant coach with the Blue Devils for his first two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in June of 2017.View Chase Graham's Bio ⟩
Some of Chase's accomplishments include:
- 2015 Joy of Sculling Junior Coach of the Year
- 2015 American Junior Rowing Women’s Sweep Coach of the Year
- 2016 CRCA Regional Staff of the Year
- 2016 National Staff of the Year
- Rowing Related Junior Sweep Program of the Year 2015
- Rowing Related Junior Women’s Coach of the Year 2015
- 7 National Championships
- Developed multiple Junior National Team Athletes
- Head of the Charles Champion (Youth Women’s 8)
- Youth Nationals Women’s 8 Champion
- Youth Nationals Women’s Lightweight 8 Champion
- USRowing Club National’s Women’s Youth 8 Champion
- 2 time USRowing Club National’s Women’s Youth 4 Champion
- USRowing Club National’s Women’s Youth Pair Champion
- USRowing Club National’s Women’s Intermediate Lightweight 4 Champion
Staff Coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
Megan Cooke Carcagno turned in arguably one of the finest first-year coaching performances in Duke Athletics history during the 2015-16 campaign, receiving nearly every coaching award.View Megan Cooke Carcagno's Bio ⟩
Megan Cooke Carcagno turned in arguably one of the finest first-year coaching performances in Duke Athletics history during the 2015-16 campaign, receiving nearly every coaching award and leading the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Championships appearance.
Cooke Carcagno was named Duke University’s second head rowing coach on July 28, 2015, by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White. She arrived in Durham after spending seven years as a member of the Wisconsin coaching staff.
In her initial campaign with the Blue Devils in 2015-16, Cooke Carcagno brought home a host of awards with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Staff of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Head Coach of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Staff of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year. She helped Duke to its first NCAA Championships appearance in program history as well as a second-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils entered the NCAA event with their highest ranking in program history, at No. 12.
Duke completed Cooke Carcagno’s initial year ranked 16th by the CRCA and was ranked for five weeks, tied for the most in a year by the Blue Devils. She engineered the performance by facing some of the best programs in the country, taking on No. 9 Princeton in a dual, No. 3 Virginia in a dual and No. 9 Stanford at the Pac-12 Challenge.
Within the ACC, Cooke Carcagno lifted the Blue Devils from a seventh place finish in 2015 to second in 2016, their highest since coming in second in 2006, and claimed the ACC Coach of the Year award. Aiding Duke were two photo finishes that went in its favor, in the V8 and 2V8. The Blue Devils’ V4 also finished second at the ACC event.
Cooke Carcagno helped seniors Katie Dukovich and Alex Stonehill receive CRCA Pocock All-America accolades as Dukovich was a First Team selection while Stonehill was a CRCA Pocock Second Team honoree. The pair were Duke's first All-Americas since Emily Theys was a second team recipient in 2013. Dukovich became the third First Team All-America in program history, and she and Stonehill were the two were the 11th and 12th Duke rowing All-Americas. Sophomore Katherine Maitland received CRCA Region 3 Second Team accolades and junior Phoebe Donovan, sophomore Jessica Findlay, senior Sarah Wall and senior Mary Wilson were named CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Cooke Carcagno was with the Badger program for seven years, one as an associate head coach, one as a varsity assistant and five as the freshman coach. After her first campaign in Madison, she was named the CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for directing the UW novice crews to Big Ten titles in the N8 and second N8 events in 2009. The N8 also took first in the NCAA Central Regional regatta. She earned a second CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2012.
In the summer of 2017, Cooke Carcagno helped guide the US Rowing 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 each of her five seasons coaching the UW freshmen, her N8 placed in the top three at the Big Ten Championships, while the second N8 won four titles and finished second the other season. In 2010, Cooke Carcagno helped the UW novice crews to their fifth and eighth Big Ten titles, respectively, on the way to a Big Ten Championships crown for Wisconsin in open weight rowing. She also directed the N8 to a win in the grand final and the second N8 to a win in the petite final at the NCAA Central/South Sprints.
Prior to joining Wisconsin, Cooke Carcagno coached for six years following her graduation from California, culminating with a stint coaching the masters rowers at the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, USRowing's Club of the Year.
She spent her first year out of Cal as an assistant freshman coach for the Bears, while also coaching the Oakland Strokes, Inc. club and at Marin Rowing Association during the 2002-03 season. Cooke Carcagno moved on to New Jersey to train with the U.S. national team, all the while giving private instruction to numerous high school athletes in the region.
As a rower at Cal, Cooke Carcagno twice earned first team All-American honors to go along with a pair of first team all-region and first team All-Pac 10 accolades. Co-captain as a junior and senior, she helped the V8 to third at the 2002 NCAA Championships and fourth at the 2000 event.
Cooke Carcagno, a Los Gatos, Calif., native, spent four years with the U.S. national team, from 2004-07. As part of the 2006 U.S. World Champion women's 8, she helped establish a world record for Team USA. A 2006 Henley-on-Thames champion, she also won a gold medal at the 2006 Lucerne World Cup in the women's pair and a silver in the women's 4 without coxswain at the 2001 World Under-23 Championships.
Cooke Carcagno earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California in 2002.
Staff Coach Simon Carcagno
Simon Carcagno begins his third year as a member of the Duke rowing staff. During the 2015-16 campaign, Carcagno served as the program’s boathouse manager until taking over as a volunteer assistant coach for the last two years.View Simon Carcagno's Bio ⟩
The 2016-17 season had Duke ranked within the top 20 for the entire season and pushed its streak to 13 consecutive weeks being a nationally ranked program, the longest run in Blue Devil history. The squad finished fourth at the ACC Championship and won the Carolina Cup title.
During Carcagno’s first year with the Blue Devils, Duke qualified for its first NCAA Championships appearance, as well as earning a second-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Duke coaching staff received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National and Region 3 Staff of the Year accolades.
Carcagno came to Durham after seven years at the University of Wisconsin. He joined the UW coaching staff full time for the start of the 2009-10 season after spending one year as a volunteer assistant coach. Prior to his departure, Carcagno was an associate head coach for the men’s program.
He became part of the Wisconsin men's rowing coaching staff after years of experience as a collegiate and high school rowing coach, as well as personal experience as a member of the U.S. national team and as a Princeton University student-athlete.
Carcagno graduated from Princeton with an A.B. (Artium Baccalaureatus) in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School in 1998 following four years on the men’s rowing team. After walking on the team his freshman year, Carcagno co-captained the undefeated national champion varsity eight as a senior and was awarded the Bayard W. Read Class of 1926 Award for most improved athlete over four years. Upon graduation, Carcagno served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater for the next year.
In 2002, the Princeton standout accepted a position as coach at the Mercer Junior Rowing Club in West Windsor, N.J. Over the course of five years, Carcagno assisted in conditioning high school athletes for national team programs as well as priming them for success in collegiate programs.
Carcagno also spent seven years (2002-08) in elite training as a member of the U.S. national team. He represented the U.S. as an alternate on two Olympic teams, one Pan-Am team and seven senior national teams. Carcagno’s accomplishments on the national team include winning the world championships in the lightweight eight in 2008, capturing the silver medal at the Pan American Games lightweight four in 2007, placing third in the lightweight pair in 2003, and taking second in the lightweight pair at the Munich and Lucerne world cups in 2004. Carcagno was also part of the duo that was the first-ever U.S. finalist in the lightweight pair at the World Championships in 2002. Through his experience racing and training internationally, Carcagno gained a solid understanding of how to move boats effectively and how to race to win.
Following his involvement in international racing, Carcagno went to Wisconsin to assist the men's program in 2009. As the assistant varsity coach, he worked closely with the Eastern Sprints-winning third varsity eight and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association runner-up open four squads.
As a result of his success, he was quickly promoted to freshman coach, where he went on to win multiple medals at the Eastern Sprints, including a silver medal in the men's freshman eight in 2015.
Staff Coach Kendall Schmidt
Kendall Schmidt is in her first year as an assistant coach with the Duke rowing program. Schmidt joins the Blue Devils after a year as a varsity girls' assistant coach at Mercer Rowing in Princeton, N.J.View Kendall's Bio ⟩
With Mercer, Schmidt coached the second, third and fourth varsity girls' boats, increasing the team depth. Schmidt contributed to Mercer's highest number of USRowing Youth National Championships qualifying boats. She also collaborated with the rest of the coaching staff to improve the cohesion, team culture and competitiveness of group.
Prior to, and while, coaching, Schmidt was heavily involved in USRowing, serving as the National Team Training Center coxswain from 2014-17. Schmidt participated in six to eight hours of training per day as a coxswain for U.S. Senior National Rowing Team and presented a trio of USRowing coxswain clinics across the country. She traveled with the U.S. team to the 2015 world championships and 2016 Olympics as a team manager and managed pre-selection for the Olympic women's quad. At the 2012 and 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Schmidt helped the women's 8+ to a pair of first place finishes. She later coxed the U.S. women's national team to titles in the championship four in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at Head of the Charles. Schmidt then guided the U.S. national team to the Remenham Cup, the premier women's 8+ event, at the Royal Henley Regatta in 2016. In 2014, she led the New York Athletic Club's women's 8+ to first at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
Schmidt rowed for Cooke Carcagno at Wisconsin, where Schmidt served as the V8 coxswain her final three years. Her three trips with the V8 to the Big Ten Rowing Championships resulted in two bronze and one silver medal. During her freshman campaign, she steered the novice eight to a Big Ten title. Schmidt, who was presented the Big Ten Female Medal of Honor as a senior, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Team selection, a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a First Team All-Big Ten pick as a senior.
A native of Greenfield, Wis., Schmidt graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a civil engineering degree in 2013.
Staff Coach Victoria McGee
Victoria McGee joined the Duke rowing staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016.View Victoria McGee's Bio ⟩
During her debut season in Durham, McGee worked with the Blue Devils’ 3V8. The boat started the year with a win at the Carolina Cup, defeating North Carolina and Clemson with a time of 7:05.5. McGee helped the crew place fifth in the Clemson Invitational B Final, crossing the line in 7:41.270. In the ACC Championship Petite Final, McGee’s group finished in 6:58.599 to defeat Boston College (7:04.398) and Miami (7:19.226).
A 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina, McGee was a three-year member of the Tar Heels’ varsity rowing squad. She joined the program after making the novice squad as a freshman following a tryout for the team.
McGee was a member of the Tar Heels’ varsity eight for her three years on the top team. The V8 qualified for the ACC Petite Final during her senior year, when she filled the three seat, finishing the race in 6:56.891. McGee’s V8 was also named the ACC Crew of the Week on March 29, 2016, after defeating Georgetown and West Virginia in separate races.
McGee graduated from North Carolina with a double major in exercise and sport science and psychology, and a minor in coaching education. While on campus, she participated in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy as part of the Leadership Lab program and served as a CREED mentor, helping freshman student-athletes adjust to college life.
ELITE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP: JUNE 17th-21st
Check-In: Sunday at 2:00 PM at Bell Tower Res. Hall
Check-Out: Thursday at 12:00 PM at Bell Tower Res. Hall
Daily Camp Hours: SUN 2PM-5:30PM, MON-WED 8AM-5:30PM, THURS 8AM-12PM
ELITE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP: JULY 23rd-27th
Check-In: Monday at 2:00 PM at Jarvis Res. Hall
Check-Out: Friday at 12:00 PM at Jarvis Res. Hall
Daily Camp Hours: MON 2PM-5:30PM, TUES-THURS 8AM-5:30PM, FRI 8AM-12PM
Camp will focus on sweep rowing.
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Elite High Performance Camp
Suggested skill level: 5-10, out of 10
This camp is geared towards experienced rowers with at least one season of racing who want to get a feel for what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. There will be in depth education and discussion of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. Conditioning, strength training, and video analysis will take place, as well as exposing camp athletes to the collegiate recruitment process. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their calls.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
If you have a roommate request and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age.
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Most rooms air conditioned
Room Key Deposit: $125 (check or cash)
Suggested Spending Money: $50
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Duke campus is Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
For those traveling in from out of town and need a place to stay near camp, see the recommended list below.
- JB Duke Hotel (Please call 919-660-6400 to reserve your room)
- Washington Duke Inn (Please call 919-490-0999 to reserve your room)
- Marriot Residence Inn (Please call 919-680-4440 to reserve your room)
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount.
- To register your group online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
*All camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants, limited only by specified number, age, grade level and/or gender of its participants.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:00 AM Depart for first workout
- 11:30 AM Return from workout
- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Depart for second workout, lecture, row
- 5:30 PM Return from workout
- 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner
- 9:00 PM Evening activities with counselors
- 10:00 PM Lights out
Duke Rowing unveiled their new boathouse, Bertha K. Bergman Memorial Boathouse, in April 2014. This new boathouse holds 56 boats and a state of the art training room room. The Boathouse is located at Lake Michie Boat Launch.