Cold temperatures and fierce winds were no match for the Butler Club Crew Team at the scrimmage against IUPUI. Nervous strokes gave way to clicking oars as the Butler women’s eight eventually pulled ahead to a decisive victory against the IUPUI women’s team in the first race of the morning. After cheering from the docks and staying warm on the ergs, the team competed next against the IUPUI men’s team in a second race. Despite having two IUPUI rowers to fill the eight, Butler’s team put up a strong showing and kept pace with the IUPUI men’s shell. Increasing winds, choppy waters, and respiratory illnesses forced the cancellation of a third race. Nevertheless, Butler walked away with much to be proud of. The cleaner technique, smoother timing, and stronger rowing of the team’s performance is only a preview of what is to come at the next competition on November 2nd. In the meantime, catch us at the IRC training hard and continuing to grow into the unified, tightly-knit team that we are striving to become. Go dawgs!
– Hannah Beaven