DURHAM- The head coach Megan CookeCarcagno and the Duke Rowing Program are pleased to announce the addition of Scarlet pearwho will compete for the Blue Devils in the 2022-23 season.
A native of Wellesley, Mass., Perry currently attends Winsor School and competes for the Cambridge Boat Club. She was a member of a 4x crew that finished first at the 2021 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships and took second place in the Junior Women’s Doubles at the 2021 Head of the Charles Regatta. At the USRowing Youth National Championships in May 2021, Perry and her 4x team placed fourth with a time of 7:05.466.
Perry also competed for the Winsor varsity ice hockey team for six years, serving as team captain twice. She is the daughter of Patrick and Antonia Perry. Her father, Patrick, was a member of the Yale Men’s Lightweight Crew program, while her sister, Clementine, is currently in her junior season with the Yale Women’s Rowing team.
What is your favorite rowing memory?
SP: My favorite rowing memory is stroking the Winsor 1V at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships in my freshman year. I was in a boat with all the upper class students and we ended up winning bronze. It was a great experience racing with and against some very talented athletes, and having my coach and teammates trust me to sail our best boat as a first-year Novice was an honor.
How did you start rowing?
SP: I grew up on the Charles River watching my dad, who rowed in college, race down the Head of the Charles as a master. My older sister rowed for Winsor and Cambridge Boat Club and had a very successful career with both programs. I was lucky enough to attend Winsor, which has a historic program, so I decided to try rowing for Winsor in my freshman year. I fell in love with the sport and being on the water and haven’t looked back since.
Why did you choose to row for Duke?
SP: I have always known Duke as an iconic school for its excellent academics and athleticism. After speaking with Coach Cooke Carcagno, I knew this was a place where I could make a positive difference. I want to be part of a program where I will be challenged as an athlete and, in turn, push the team to keep climbing the NCAA rankings. After touring the campus and seeing the team in action, I knew this was where I wanted to spend my college rowing career.
What did you like about Duke and Durham during your visit?
SP: When I visited Duke and Durham, I felt such great energy. The campus is beautiful, and everyone I’ve met on my visit loves Duke, is excited about Duke’s athleticism, and is incredibly friendly. Not only was the team welcoming when I arrived, but other friends who attend Duke were so genuinely happy for me to visit and join them on campus next year. It really felt like home.