Duke Rowing Rookie Spotlight: Sophie Gower

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DURHAM- The head coach Megan CookeCarcagno and the Duke Rowing Program are pleased to announce the signing of Sophie Gowerwho will compete for the Blue Devils in the 2022-23 season.

Gower, a native of Tsawwassen, British Columbia, currently attends South Delta High School while competing for the Thunder Rowing Club. She was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team last year, helping all four junior women to a seventh place finish at the 2021 World Junior Rowing Championships. Gower was also named by Rowing Canada Aviron as a NextGen Hub Athlete, a program performance trainer designed to train rowers to compete for their country at the highest levels of the sport.

Gower is currently co-president of the South Delta Student Council, where she was a member of the Honor Roll and Principal’s List in grades 8-11. She is the daughter of Stephen and Julie Gower.

Why did you choose to row at Duke?
OS:
I chose Duke because of the constant search for more, incredible academic opportunities, and culture with the team and coaches.

How did you start rowing?
OS:
My mom rowed through college and decided I had to give it a try this summer before high school.

What impact do you expect to have on your rowing career at Duke?
OS:
I want to come to Duke ready to push my teammates and ready to be pushed by my teammates to help Duke rise through the ranks.

What stood out to you about the team that made the decision to attend Duke?
OS:
How ambitious and driven each athlete is, and how tight-knit and close-knit the team is. The team made us feel very welcome in a place where we would be supported.

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