Duke Rowing recruit in the spotlight: Ava Liebmann

DURHAM – head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke Rowing Program are pleased to announce the addition of Ava Liebmannwho will compete for the Blue Devils in the 2022/23 season.

A native of Mamaroneck, NY, Liebmann currently attends Rye Neck High School and competes as a helmsman for Row America Rye. She helped lead her club to two notable third-place finishes in 2021, beginning at the USRowing Youth Nationals, where she was a member of the women’s U19 4+ roster. Liebmann then finished third in the women’s 8+ at the Head of the Charles in October. She was named the most valuable player on her rookie roster in 2018 and 2019 and led the men’s U17 4+ to second place at the 2019 Club Nationals.

Liebmann is a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian Language Honor Society. She is the daughter of Theo Liebmann and Barb Weinstein.

What is your fondest rowing memory?
My favorite rowing memory was racing my boat at the 2021 Youth Nationals. We had all become very close and we all wanted to win for each other. Such an amazing bond and such a great hunger for victory in the boat kept our races electric.

Why did you choose to row for Duke?
When researching Duke, I was really drawn to the mix of rigor in athletics and science. The coaches also have an amazing commitment to training helmsmen people the same way they train rowers and I really wanted to steer somewhere where I could learn and improve.

What impact do you plan to have on your Duke rowing career?
I really want to work with the Duke team to help break program records. As a helmsman I feel I really have the opportunity to help every rower develop and grow and I want to do that as often as possible.

What did you notice about the team that made the decision to participate in Duke feel right?
I was really impressed by Duke’s overall drive for improvement. Everyone on the team seemed genuinely committed to breaking program records and getting better as a team, not just as individuals. Duke really felt like a place where everyone wanted and could make program history together.


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