DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Eden Schumer to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Schumer comes to Durham from Westport, Conn., and is currently a senior at Staples High School. Schumer is a member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club under the direction of Gordon Getsinger.
Recently in 2017, Schumer served as the coxswain for the women’s lightweight 4+ that placed fourth at the USRowing Youth National Championship and third at the Northeast Regional Championship. In 2016, she was the coxswain for the undefeated women’s lightweight 8+ that won the USRowing Youth National Championship and the Northeast Regional Championship.
Outside of athletics, Schumer was a member of the National Chinese Honor Society, the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and was the winner of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut’s Global Exchange Award. She is also the president of the China Cares Club, which is a group that fundraised for a non-profit charity that provides for underprivileged Chinese children’s healthcare. Schumer was also a member of “Kool 2 Be Kind”, an empathy-based mentorship program for local third graders.
Additionally, Joseph Peyser (grandfather), Randy Peyser (father) and Ben Peyser (brother) are Duke alumni.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
ES: “There have been so many memorable moments over the last four years with my Saugatuck teammates, but I would say my favorite one was winning the national championship my sophomore year of high school with the lightweight 8+. I looked up to the girls who won the event a year before and knew I wanted to be part of defending that title. That following spring, my first spring season on the varsity level, we put together another lightweight 8+. I remember sitting at the start of our final, nervous but confident, and the most excited I had ever been in my coxing career thus far. It was an intense race, seat-for-seat throughout the first thousand, but crossing the finish line with our bow ball in front was absolutely surreal. The drive, passion and trust felt that season showed me there was no other sport I’d rather be a part of.”
Why did you choose Duke?
ES: “With its culture of energy, passion, inspiration, drive, and spirit, I chose Duke because I saw it as a place of opportunity and platform for personal growth. I wanted a school where I could be as much a student and passionate academic as I am a coxswain and passionate athlete. Duke’s program is exactly what I was looking for and more. The team Megan and Chase are building is competitive, ambitious and committed to success. The momentum from their program is palpable. One of the first things I noticed when I visited was the supportive team culture, where the girls push each other to reach their highest potential as individuals and as a team. There is an opportunity to make Duke history, and it’s an unbelievably exciting mission I knew I wanted to join from day one. As a school, Duke celebrates diversity which will help me reach across cultural, ethnic and other divides to pursue a degree in International Relations, becoming part of a community that is united and strengthened by its differences. The academics here are of the best in the world, and their global nature will enable me to collaborate with other dreamers and doers to be trailblazers and forces of change.”
Hobbies: Politics, writing, traveling, baking and reading
Favorite athlete: Katelin Snyder, Mary Whipple and Aly Raisman
If you could play another sport in college, what would it be: Diving