DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Grace Butero to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Butero comes to Durham from The Woodlands, Texas, and is currently a senior at The Woodlands High School where she is a member of the Parati Competitive Rowing club under the direction of Mike Rosman.
Butero most recently placed seventh in the Women’s 2- at the 2017 Youth Nationals and was a member of the women’s 2x and 4+ at the 2016 Youth Nationals. Additionally, Butero garnered third at the 2016 Club Nationals in the U17 Women’s 2x.
Outside of athletics, Butero is a member of the National Honor Society, received honorable mention honors from the US Honor Roll and is an in-depth editor of “The Caledonian”.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
GB: “The summer after my sophomore year, I competed at Club Nationals in the Women’s U17 2x with my best friend Lindsey. Our open-weight double tended to receive funny looks due to the fact that Lindsey is 5’2” and 120 lbs. Right before the final, my teammate wrote “Why not us?” on my left shoulder where Lindsey could see it. It had been our mantra since we started rowing our double in eighth grade. We ended up surprising ourselves and earning ourselves a bronze. I may place higher at more prestigious competitions in the future, but I will never forget that moment.”
How did you get started in rowing?
GB: “My friend’s older sister had been rowing for a few months and invited me to a practice. After a week, I retired my swim goggles and picked up an oar.”
Why did you choose Duke?
GB: “The environment at Duke encourages students and faculty to collaborate and examine, research, and develop processes and solutions to address global issues. Whether I am competing in a multi-person boat on my rowing team or working on a group project in a class, I am invigorated by being a part of something greater. There is a certain exhilaration in the success of collaboration between multiple minds and bodies.”
Goals upon graduation: to attend graduate school in order to pursue a career in the medical field.
Favorite athlete: “My favorite athlete is hands-down Gevvie Stone. Not only is she an Olympic medalist, but always had a life planned post-rowing career. She also aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon, which is a field I myself am interested in.”
If you could play any other sport in college, what would you pick?: Quidditch