DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Gabby Salvati to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Salvati comes to Duke from Medford, N.J., and is currently a senior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. Salvati is a member of the Bishop Eustace Crew team under the direction of Samantha Steffier and is a captain for her senior campaign.
As a junior, Salvati worked primarily as a member of the varsity 4+ boat and captured first at the Haddon Hammer for the New Jersey Indoor Rowing Championships in February. Salvati helped her boat to five second-place finishes with the JV and varsity 4+, including the Head of the Schuylkill, the Center City Slam, the New Jersey State Championships, the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships and at the SRAA Championships. The varsity 4+ boat captured third at both the Philadelphia City Championships and at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta Cup while the U19 8+ placed third at Club Nationals.
Aside from rowing, Salvati lettered two years in swimming and soccer and also participated in triathlons. As a swimmer, Salvati was a six-time Junior Olympic qualifier and a New Jersey State finalist, and was selected to the South Jersey Team as a midfielder in soccer. She was also the top female finisher at multiple local and state-wide sprint events in triathlon competitions.
Outside of athletics, Salvati is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science, Math and English Honor Societies and received the Moffa Family Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
GS: “My favorite rowing memory is definitely winning Stotesbury Cup in the Senior 4+. It was my sophomore year and my high school had not been to the final in almost eight years. We didn’t really know what to expect going into the time trial, but coming out second after that, I was excited. We won by open water and it was just amazing to see what heart and hard work as a team can get you.”
How did you get started in rowing?
GS: “The captain of the team my freshman year recognized my height and athleticism as a potential asset for rowing. She approached me with the suggestion of joining the rowing team when my soccer season was finished. I learned a little bit more about what was involved and decided to give it a try. It was supposed to be an extra sport but quickly turned into my sole passion.”
Why did you choose Duke?
GS: “When I was 12 I visited North Carolina on a soccer trip. My family drove through the Duke campus and I knew at that time that Duke was where I wanted to go. Ever since it has been the driving force for the setting of my goals both academically and athletically. I knew my goals had to be set high because of the level of excellence upheld at Duke. When I revisited the campus as a high school junior, I again fell in love with the Duke community. Duke had all the available programs and opportunities that appealed to me and I knew would help me reach my goals beyond undergrad. Meeting with the coaching staff and fellow rowers, I knew the culture would be a great fit for me. I knew Duke would challenge me academically and athletically while being a place I could feel at home.”
Hobbies: Running, swimming, going to the beach and babysitting
Favorite athlete: Carli Lloyd
Best advice you’ve ever received: Be grateful for every opportunity.