2023 Duke University Women's Rowing Showcase
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The Duke University Women's Rowing Showcase Camp is operating three 2 day sessions. All activities take place at Duke University's Bertha K. Bergman Boathouse. Rowers should expect a blend of college-style workouts and races. This program is for 13-18 year-old girls only and 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 NCAA program.
LODGING, MEALS & PROTOCOLS
- Please note this is a commuter showcase only, no overnight accommodations will be provided by Duke Rowing, recommended hotels are listed under Local Accommodations;
- All campers must bring their own water bottles and food; water access will be provided;
- Refrigerator and ice machine will be on site for food storage and beverage needs;
- Indoor space will be available and reserved for inclement weather;
- We will have the usual compliance paperwork and procedures related to Duke Minors policies (background checks and training) and NCAA rules.
- Duke University reserves the right to cancel if circumstances change, and anyone may withdraw for a full refund prior to the beginning of the session.
- Practice and train at the new, state of the art Bertha K. Bergman Boathouse
- Strength Training and Rowing Performance Discussion and Q and A
- Q and A with coaches on "How to be an effective leader within your team without a title”
- Q and A with current Duke Rowers - based on athlete availability***
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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 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.
- June 20-21
- July 11-12
- July 18-19
All sessions will focus on sweep rowing, but there will be some access to singles based on experience.
Please click on "More Important Camp Details" for specific information. All information is subject to change.
Suggested skill level: 5-10, out of 10
This showcase 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 showcase athletes to the collegiate recruitment process. Coxswains will be given individual feedback.
- Coxswains will be given individual feedback.
- Athletes will be boated based on experience. We may have rowers with 1 year of experience and some with more than 5 years rowing experience. All will learn something new and be appropriately challenged.
- Athletes should be prepared to erg, run, row, and partake in a dynamic warmup. If athletes cannot do something an alternative exercise will be assigned.
WHAT TO BRING
- Water bottle
- Extra clothes
- Running Shoes
- Snacks for between rows
Parents and/or Guardians will be required to drop off and pick up campers at designated times.
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from sessions. 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 showcase, 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.
COVID-19 SAFETY & REGULATIONS
For more information on our Covid-19 safety procedures and regulations, please visit https://www.ussportscamps.com/covid-safety.
*Please note, this information & coaching availability per showcase 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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00 AM Arrive
- 8:30 AM Row
- 11:00 AM Chalk Talk w coaches
- 11:30 AM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Depart for second workout, lecture, row
- 12:30 PM Warmup for 2nd workout
- 12:45 PM Short erg
- 1:15 PM 2nd Row
- 3:00 PM Chalk Talk w coaches
- 4:00 PM Depart
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.
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Beneficial training with lots of great people
August 25, 2019: My daughter had a great time at camp. She made improvements and learned things she has been able to put into practice when she came home. She also made new friends that she has kept in touch with. She’s already looking forward to returning next summer.
— Lauren K. - Parent
Fun meeting rowers from all over
August 23, 2019: Meeting and rowing with new people from all around the US. I really enjoyed making new friends through a sport we both love
— Lisa M. - Parent
All around great camp!
August 23, 2019: The coaches are the best! Would not change a thing.
— Vanessa G. - Parent
Special experience with a fun group of people
August 22, 2019: My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the multiple practices each day. She said the campers always had something to do whether it was on the water in the Duke boats learning new techniques and drills or visiting the Duke athletic store. Her favorite parts of the camp were the erg session and the strength and conditioning class in the weight room. I wish the lineups were varied more, but a great camp for rowers who want to experience what it’s like to row in college
— Staci C. - Parent
Had fun and learned a lot about being a student athlete
August 22, 2019: She had fun, made new friends, and gained a better understanding of collegiate rowing
— Beth G. - Parent
Great group of girls to row with
August 22, 2019: She loved meeting girls from all over the world. It was nice to row with a group of competitive girls
— Mark S. - Parent
A lot of fun
My daughter Bailey had a lot of fun while learning things to make her a better rower.
— Laura W. Parent
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