Nike Women’s Crew Camp Duke University
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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 2016 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 begins his second year as an assistant coach with the Duke rowing program. Graham joined the Blue Devils after four years as the head junior girls coach at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Conn.View Chase Graham's Bio ⟩
During his first season in Durham, in 2015-16, Graham helped the Blue Devils earn a place in their first NCAA Championships, as well as finish second at the ACC Championship. For his efforts, he was part of the Duke coaching staff that received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National and Region 3 Staff of the Year accolades.
Graham was the leading force of the V4, as it captured the C Final at the NCAA Championships and took second at the ACC Championship Grand Final. The boat tallied the Blue Devils’ lone win at the Pac-12 Challenge as it downed UCLA with a time of 7:21.5. The crew turned in a standout performance at the Dale England Cup with two victories.
At the ACC Championship Grand Final, Graham’s V4 set the tone for the day with a second-place finish, edging past Syracuse 7:20.113-7:20.740. The Blue Devils were seeded third entering the competition.
His V4 was then one place away from earning a spot in the A/B semifinals at the NCAA Championships, but captured the C Final again, finishing just ahead of Syracuse. The Blue Devils trailed through the first 500 meters, 1:48.453-1:49.993, but came on strong in the final 1,500 meters, outpacing the Orange for a 7:22.311-7:25.635 victory.
His role with the V4 allowed Duke to be ranked 16th by the CRCA in the final poll. The Blue Devils appeared in the ledger five times, tied for the most in a year in program history.
With Saugatuck, Graham helped the 2015 V8 and varsity lightweight 8 to the Youth National Championship. His V8 went undefeated and took first place at the Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, Youth National Championship and Club National Championship.
A year earlier, in 2014, his varsity lightweight 8 claimed second place at the Youth National Championship while his 4+ was the Club National Champion.
Graham began rowing at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia, where he competed for Midwest and scholastic national championships. After high school Graham went on to row at Marietta College from 2003-07. He was the team’s Most Improved Oarsman recipient in 2004.
He rowed with the V8 for three years and helped lead the team to a Varsity 8 Dad Vail Championship in 2006. Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in management and minor in sport management in 2007.
While pursuing a master’s in education, Graham continued training in the men’s pair and won a Club National Championship as well as claiming a third place finish at the Canadian Henley Regatta. During his time training and completing his education he served as a women’s graduate assistant coach at Marietta College for two years. During that time, he helped lead his squad to a Mid Atlantic Division III Championship while also playing an important role in recruiting.
In 2009, Graham began coaching the women’s rowing program at Fairfield University. During his first year at Fairfield, he led his squad to the program’s first Dad Vail Championship.
Graham was named the Saugatuck girls head coach in 2010. His crews have consistently earned medals at regattas such as Head of the Charles, Northeast Regional Championships and the Youth National Championships.
In 2013, Graham coached the women’s single at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
regular_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 and leading the...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 spring of 2015, Cooke Carcagno helped the Badgers ensure their eighth consecutive NCAA Championships selection and primarily coached the 2V8, which placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.
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.
regular_coach Simon Carcagno
Simon Carcagno begins his second year as a member of the Duke rowing staff. During the 2015-16 campaign, Carcagno served as the program’s boathouse manager. For the 2016-17 campaign he will be...View Simon Carcagno's Bio ⟩
Simon Carcagno begins his second year as a member of the Duke rowing staff. During the 2015-16 campaign, Carcagno served as the program’s boathouse manager. For the 2016-17 campaign he will be an assistant coach.
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.
regular_coach Victoria McGee
Victoria McGee joined the Duke rowing staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016. A 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina, McGee was a three-year member of the Tar Heels’ varsity...View Victoria McGee's Bio ⟩
Victoria McGee joined the Duke rowing staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016.
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: JULY 24th-28th
Check-In: Monday at 12:00 PM at the Sherwood House
Check-Out: Friday at 12:00 PM at the Sherwood House
Daily Camp Hours: MON 12PM-5PM, TUES-THURS 9AM-5PM, FRI 9AM-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
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. 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.
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 unvieled 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.
Camp Dates & Prices
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