DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Kat Kern to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Kern comes to Durham from Greenwich, Conn., and is currently a senior at Greenwich Academy. Coached by Liz Trond at the Connecticut Boat Club, Kern most recently placed seventh at the 2017 Head of the Charles as a member of the V8+ and was named a team captain for her senior year. In 2016 and 2017, Kern notched first place in the V4+ at the San Diego Fall Classic and placed 12th overall at the 2017 Nationals in the V8+.
In addition to rowing, Kern also lettered three years as a member of the women’s ice hockey team and one year as a midfielder in lacrosse.
Outside of athletics, Kern garnered honor roll recognition as a freshman and sophomore and high honor roll as a junior. Kern also logged 120 hours volunteering at a local hospital.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
KK: “There have been a lot but my favorite was this year when we raced at the Head of the Charles. We started bow #10 and we knew we could potentially have a strong race, but with a pretty young boat, everyone was nervous. From the start, we all felt like it was going to be an amazing race. When we crossed the finish line, we looked over at our coach who was standing on the dock, and she had a huge smile on her face. We all knew it was a good race. When we found out we got seventh, we were very excited and although it would’ve been awesome to medal, we realized with a lot of work over the winter, we can really close the gap on a lot of teams that placed better than us, and put up a better fight at nationals.”
How did you get started in rowing?
KK: “I got started in rowing my freshmen year when I needed a fall sport. My brothers both rowed and
told me I would be good at rowing because of my size, but I was reluctant to join. My first season,
I rowed for my school, and liked it, but didn’t feel the team culture that my brothers raved about.
That summer, I did a rowing camp at CBC and absolutely fell in love with the sport and the team.
I finally understood what my brothers meant when they said that rowing was a real team sport,
and it’s extremely physically and mentally demanding, but your teammates push you to be the
best you can be.”
Why did you choose Duke?
KK: “I chose Duke for many reasons. Firstly, when I visited, I absolutely loved the academic
environment. I knew I loved the coaches already, and the next steps for making it my number
one, were to love the school itself, and the team. On my first visit I loved how the campus was
organized, I loved the fact that the classes are pretty small, and I loved the athletic facilities.”
Goals upon graduation: Graduate with a high GPA, win ACCs, become a better version of myself and love all my time spent at Duke!
Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, organizing and photography
Favorite athlete: Gevvie Stone, Grace Luczak or Henrik Lundqvist
If you could play any other sport in college, what would you pick? Lacrosse