Duke Second Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

Blue Devils Top Clemson, North Carolina in Carolina Cup at Clemson

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) — Duke’s Second Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Tuesday after defeating Clemson and North Carolina in the Carolina Cup, held last Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

The Blue Devils, who made their spring season debut under new head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno, recorded an impressive time of 6:37.6 to edge the Tigers (6:39.6) and Tar Heels (7:00.4) as Duke captured the first three races of the Carolina Cup, winning also in the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four races as well.

The time was the second fastest for a Second Varsity Eight crew in program history.

The crew for the Duke Second Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Meagan Lew (So., Boston, Mass.); Megan Conroy (So., Fayetteville, N.C.); Elizabeth Horne (Jr., London, United Kingdom); Lauren Miranda (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.); Shannon Tierney (Fr., Hackettstown, N.J.); Johanna Burstein (Jr., New York, N.Y.); Grace Williams (So., Vienna, Va.); Meridith Kisting (Gr., Loves Park, Ill.); and Celia Macrae (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio).

The Duke Second Varsity Eight was chosen over the Third Varsity Eight of Boston College and the First Varsity Eight of Miami.

BC’s Third Varsity Eight, cached by Steve Fiske, defeated St. Joseph’s and Temple in a pair of races Saturday on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia. BC’s 3V8 turned in a time of 7:04.6 in defeating St. Joe’s (7:15.39) and a 7:04.36 clocking in downing Temple (7:16.10).

Miami’s First Varsity Eight, coached by Dave Sanderson, defeated Columbia and Florida Tech in a pair of races at the Governor’s Cup in Fellsmere, Fla. Miami recorded a time of 6:45.73 in downing Columbia (6:50.21) and a time of 6:45.78 in defeating Florida Tech (7:10.05).

Duke will next be in action this Saturday in the Pac-12 Challenge, which will be held at Redwood Shores, California. Boston College will face Boston University this Saturday on the Charles River in Boston. Miami will next be in action on Saturday, April 2 in the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, California.

The 17th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The 2016 ACC Rowing Championship finals will be available live on ESPN3