The Varsity Four boat earned gold at the ACC championship, making Duke history in the process.
Although Duke finished in the top three of its conference, the fate of the Blue Devils remains unclear.
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The Blue Devils continue to show their prowess against the nation’s best, racking up resume wins for all boats in their lineup.
Duke had a chance to make a statement against some of the nation’s fastest teams—and it capitalized on the opportunity.
The Blue Devils got back on the water with a relatively young squad to make a splash in their first major race of the year.
There is a celebration of sport in Boston this weekend, and Duke was invited.
Although the Blue Devils opened the meet with strong showings in the morning qualifying heats, Duke struggled to match the early intensity of its finals.
Losing their dock to flooding, losing practice time on the water to bad weather and shifting boat lineups due to illness have all been roadblocks on their road to the postseason. But despite it all, Duke finished strong in an impressive performance to wrap up the regular season.
Although they had trouble placing in the top five against a field that included eight top-20 teams, the Blue Devils still managed to build some confidence as one of the ACC's better teams.
At this time last season, Duke was trying to drag itself into the national conversation after coming into the spring unranked, but the program has struggled to take the next step forward this spring.
Although Duke had a disappointing showing in March’s Longhorn Invite and almost a month off to think about it, the Blue Devils will finally have a shot at redemption against some of the Big Ten’s toughest crews.
Duke suffered from slow starts against several unranked opponents, and will now need to make improvements to stay in the top 15 nationally.
Against two programs it has surged by in recent years, Duke opened the spring with a dominant performance.
With a roster featuring 17 freshmen who will have the chance to learn from Duke's experienced returners, second-year head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno's plan seems to be right on track heading in to the spring.
Coming in at No. 10 on our list: The Duke rowing team making its first-ever appearance at the NCAA championship.
Against teams from Clemson, Columbia, Louisville, Pennsylvania and the host Virginia, Duke finished with hard-fought second-place finishes from its top V8 and V4 boats in 4,000-meter races.
Top-five finishes from the V8 boat as well as the V4 and 2V4 boats showed Duke has what it takes to compete with the nation's best.
As Hurricane Matthew draws closer, the Blue Devils are still getting ready to race with the same intensity they take into any week.
On Aug. 29, 1975, The Chronicle wrote that there was a significant obstacle facing the women’s club crew team entering the program's second year. It did not have a boat.