No. 14 Duke Set for ACC Rowing Championship

DURHAM – No. 14 Duke travels to Clemson, SC, for the ACC Rowing Championship held Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14 on Lake Hartwell.

The Blue Devils are seeking the first ACC gold medal in program history after claiming silver at each of the last two conference championship regattas.


  • Both days of racing will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra with Mark Perzel calling the action and Amanda Polk providing analysis.
  • Coverage begins at 8 am ET each day and will continue through the end of the racing session.
  • Live results for the ACC Championship are available at


  • Friday’s racing slate begins with two heats of the Third Varsity Eight. The Blue Devils’ 3V8, which enters the regatta as the No. 2 seed, will compete in the second heat at 8:15 am
  • Duke’s Varsity Eight crew follows in the second V8 heat at 8:40 am The Blue Devils’ top boat also received a No. 2 seed and will go up against No. 3-seeded Virginia in Friday’s preliminary.
  • The second heat of the Second Varsity Eight will begin at 9:05 am and features No. 2-seeded Duke, before the Blue Devils’ top-seeded Varsity Four competes in the first V4 heat at 9:20 am
  • Duke’s Second Varsity Four closes out the Friday schedule as the No. 3 seed at 9:55 am
  • A Petite Final will be held prior to the Grand Final of each event on Saturday. Racing once again begins with the 3V8 and is followed by the 2V4, V4 and 2V8 before the V8 Grand Final wraps up competition at 9:55 am
  • A post-racing awards ceremony is set to take place at approximately 10:30 am on Saturday.


  • The 14th-ranked Blue Devils are joined by No. 11 Syracuse and No. 16 Virginia in this week’s Pocock/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) national poll.
  • Duke has raced against both teams this spring, taking on Virginia in a preseason scrimmage at Lake Michie on Feb. 26 and facing Syracuse at the Lake Wheeler Invitational in Raleigh, NC on April 22-23.
  • The Blue Devils beat the Orange in two of the five events in which they went head-to-head at Lake Wheeler. Duke’s 3V8 posted a top time of 7:05.405 to Syracuse’s 7:19.135 in the opening heat, while the V4 recorded a mark of 7:27.850 to also edge out the Orange (7:32.090).
  • Syracuse tallied 83 team points to win the Lake Wheeler Invitational, narrowly besting Duke’s total of 82 points. The Orange captured the Pocock Cup after the Blue Devils won the regatta each of the previous two seasons (2019, 2021).


  • Duke aims to build on recent success at the ACC Championship, as each of the Blue Devils’ last two showings at the conference regatta have resulted in a silver medal.
  • The Blue Devils netted their highest point total (90) in ACC Championship history in 2019, highlighted by the Varsity Four winning the program’s first gold medal.
  • Stroking the V4 was ACC Freshman of the Year Amelia Shunk, Now a senior and one of five team captains, Shunk became Duke’s first ACC Freshman of the Year since Katie Dukovich in 2013.
  • The remaining four boats each claimed silver in their respective Grand Finals.
  • Megan Cooke Carcagno garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four years at Duke, after first receiving the award in 2016.
  • The Blue Devils tallied 84 points at the 2021 championship, with the V8, V4 and 3V8 each finishing second in their respective Grand Final.
  • Then-juniors Gabriella Salvati and Sydney Johnson were named to the All-ACC First Team, while graduate student Tara Fagan picked up second-team honors to give Duke 44 all-conference selections since 2000.


  • The Blue Devils have boasted the ACC Crew of the Week on four occasions this spring, with the 2V8 winning the award twice and the V8 and 3V8 each taking it home once.
  • The 3V8 claimed the first weekly honor of the season after an impressive showing at the Carolina Cup on March 5, as the young lineup featuring four freshmen outraced Clemson by nearly 30 seconds (6:48.7 to 7:16.2) on Lake Hartwell.
  • Duke’s V8 crew was recognized on March 23 after a dominant three-race sweep at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite. The Blue Devils finished nearly five seconds ahead of the second-place boat in each race with two victories over ranked opponents (No. 16 Alabama, No. 20 Tennessee).
  • The 2V8 notched ACC Crew of the Week status thanks to victories over No. 4 Michigan and No. 9 Ohio State at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual on April 2. The Blue Devils edged out the Buckeyes by just under three seconds in the morning session on Griggs Reservoir before pulling ahead of Michigan by 8.2 ticks in the afternoon.
  • At the Big Ten Invite held April 15-16, the 2V8 claimed two more first-place finishes while finishing behind only No. 2 Stanford in its other race to earn another Crew of the Week honor. The Blue Devils once again outraced ranked competition, defeating No. 18 Tennessee and No. 20 Indiana at the regatta.


  • Duke is currently ranked No. 14 in the Pocock/CRCA national poll.
  • The Blue Devils have held a spot in the top 20 in each of the last 31 released polls dating back to April of 2019, and have been ranked in the top 15 in each poll this season.
  • Duke entered the 2021 ACC Championship as the No. 17 team in the nation before claiming a team silver medal and earning the program’s third bid to the NCAA Championships.

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