DURHAM, N.C. – A total of 10 Duke rowing student-athletes were selected to the All-ACC Academic Team Wednesday, tying for the most honorees in one season in program history (2008).
Among the selected were seniors Rhea Bergman, Anna Jenkins and Shannon Tierney, juniors Rani Duff and Kiernan Spencer, sophomores Bailey Knight, Anne Klok, and Ema Kuczura and freshman Amelia Shunk. Additionally, graduate student Taji Phillips was also selected.
The award is the first All-ACC Academic nod for all Blue Devils except Spencer and Tierney, who are earning their third.
Throughout the season, three boats earned ACC Crew of the Week honors. Bergman and Spencer earned the nod with the 2V8 boat, while Spencer and Shunk received the honor with the 2V4 crew. Duff, Klok and Shunk all earned the accolade with the V4 boat, and were a part of the gold medal team at the ACC Championship.
At the NCAA Championships, Duff, Klok and Shunk helped Duke earn a sixth-place finish in the Petite Final, the first Petite Final at the NCAA Championships in school history. Tierney, Spencer and Phillips guided Duke to a fifth-place finish in the C Final, while Bergman, Jenkins and the 2V8 crew tied for second in the C Final. Knight helped Duke earn second at the ACC Championship in the 3V8 boat, while Kuczura was a mainstay in the V8 boat all season.
As a team, Duke endured record breaking success throughout the season, notching second-place at the ACC Championship with a school record 90 points. Additionally, at the ACC Championship, the V4 boat collected gold in the Grand Final, the first gold medal in school history at the Championship. The Blue Devils were selected to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history (2016), and placed 16th with 47 total points. During the regular season, Duke captured the Carolina Cup title for the third consecutive season and co-hosted the Lake Wheeler Invitational with UNC, winning with 99 total points.