Duff is seeking out a spot on the United States senior national team. Meanwhile, Nucci is competing again for a spot on the United States Under-23 lightweight crew, while Cushnie is taking part in the same camp in his native Canada.
In May, Duff was one of 14 collegiate rowers to attend the USRowing Men's Pre-Elite Camp, focused on developing athletes for the Senior National Team. Rowing unaffiliated, Duff recently placed in the top 10 in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. results.
For the second straight year, Nucci gained an invite to the U-23 national team camp in Oklahoma City at the National High Performance Center, as he is one of a select group of collegiate rowers eyeing a spot on the U-23 national team for the second time.
Both Duff and Nucci are veterans of the U-23 camp, after securing spots on the 2009 U-23 USRowing National Team. The duo were vital members of the varsity eight boat during the spring racing season.
Cushnie, also a varsity eight standout, competed with the Canadian Under-23 team last season. On June 12, Cushnie was part of the senior lightweight eight that captured a gold medal rowing for the St. Catharine's crew at the 127th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.