DURHAM, N.C. –  Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Caeley Tierney to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2019-20 campaign.

Tierney comes to Durham from Hackettstown, N.J., and currently attends Blair Academy. She competes for her high school squad at Blair Academy under the direction of head coach John Redos.

Tierney currently serves as the team captain for her prep team, and was named to the All-Conference Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Student-Athlete First Team in 2018. A Stotesbury 2018 Grand Finalist, she helped her team to a conference championship, clinching the MAPL title in 2018. Tierney also competed at the national level, being selected for the U.S. Rowing Junior National Team High Performance Camp in 2018, and the National Team Development Camp in 2016 and 2017. She captured a bronze medal at the U.S. Rowing High Performance Club Nationals in 2018 in the U19 4-, while finishing as a finalist in the intermediate 8+, and a semifinalist in the U19 4+ and intermediate 4.

A multi-sport athlete, Tierney also competed in field hockey, cross country, basketball, sailing and Irish step dancing. She lettered in field hockey in 2015 and 2016 as a back, while lettering in 2018 in cross country as a team captain and state championship competitor. In sailing, Tierney was a Junior Olympics competitor, and competed in the Irish Step Dancing Regional Oireachtas and North American National Competition as an Irish step dancer.

An academic scholar, Tierney earned the MAPL All-Academic Award in 2017 and 2018, and the AP Scholar Award in 2018. She was awarded the Freshman English Award for the highest achievement in English at Blair Academy, and serves as Community Service Club member and a Blair Academy Tour Guide.

Tierney was born in Hackettstown, N.J., and is the daughter of Steve and Deb Tierney. She has one brother, Kyle, and two sisters, Shannon and Emily. Her sister Shannon is a current member of the Duke rowing squad, while her brother Kyle competed at Yale.  

What has been your favorite rowing memory?

CT: My favorite rowing memory is the spring of my junior year. After a long, indoor winter season and exciting start to our spring racing, my boat won our conference championship race by open water. As a team, we won the overall trophy for my second time at Blair. It was such an awesome feeling to see our hard work pay off – and we beat some of our rivals along the way! At the end of the spring season I was peer voted as captain for the 2018-2019 season. I was so excited to get the chance to continue leading my team and I can’t wait to see what this season brings for us or really what we bring to this season!

How did you get started in rowing?        

CT: My family has always been super active and I have two older siblings. Since I was about eight, I was spending my spring weekends at high school regattas. I would build fairy houses out of dirt and sticks for hours while we waited for my siblings to race. When their seven minutes of glory finally came around, I would scream my head off and wave to them as if they could see me. Later on it was so exciting to watch both my brother Kyle row at Yale and my sister Shannon row at Duke! Essentially rowing is in my blood, always on my mind and has been a huge part of my family since I can remember. I love that I get to continue my family legacy, all the while making it entirely my own. 

Why did you choose Duke?

CT: I knew from the moment I stepped on campus, Duke was like no place I had experienced before. From the diverse academic opportunities, immensely spirited community to the exciting camaraderie of the rowing team and the positive energy I felt from the coaches, I knew Duke was where I wanted to spend my next four years! I can’t wait for bonding during team bus rides, to paint my face blue and to excel in my academic studies. I’m eager to put in the work with a group of likeminded, highly motivated teammates! Overall, Duke provides the unique opportunity to pursue my dream studies (supported by the CAPE program) while getting to do the sport I love. I’m so excited to be a Blue Devil!

Quick Facts

Hobbies: “Running, Irish dance, sailing and photography.”

Favorite athlete: “Simone Biles. One of my favorite quotes of hers is ‘I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.’”

Best advice you’ve ever received: “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.”


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