Bald Eagle Invitational – A Reflection by Kylie Pfeifer

Last weekend the team participated in the Bald Eagle Regatta hosted by Purdue University. It was fortunately at our home course at Eagle Creek Park. It was our first real regatta and there were many teams there such as the University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Ohio State, Marquette University, and many more. Throughout the day we could interact with the other teams and experience what a regatta day was really like. It was such a cool experience to not only compete but watch some incredible team races too. We competed in the novice class in which all the boats contain first-year rowers.
We put three boats on the water to compete. Our first boat was a novice women’s 8 in class A. Our ladies did great placing 8th in their class rowing against some great teams. Unfortunately, we did not have enough rowers to fill our other two 8 boats, but we owe a huge thanks to IUPUI for graciously offering up rowers to help fill them. Our second boat competed as a novice women’s 8 in class B and got 3rd earning them a bronze medal! Our third boat was a novice men’s 8 in class C+. Our men also did great placing 8th in their class. All of our teams were incredible competitors against some big schools that have had a lot more practice than us.
Overall, I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish this fall in practice and all of the hard work we have put in paid off on Saturday. It was a great end to our fall race season, and we will be training all winter to get ready for our spring race season!

-Kylie Pfeifer


Scrimmage Against IUPUI – A Reflection by Hannah Beaven

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


Butler Club Crew Competes in First Regatta – A Reflection by Lauren Salela

Last weekend Club Crew had their first race, this was nothing but an experience for every single team member I would say. We learned how to work under stress, compete against other teams, and what it means to learn from our mistakes and keep charging on. There were two key moments that really stuck out to me from this day, the gameday jitters were among us causing us to get frantic and there was a moment about halfway through the course where everything we have been working at this semester just clicked and there was this mutual feeling that “it’s ok, we can do this, I know how to do this and I will do this” and at that moment we began to slowly creep up on our fellow competitors and excelled forward, we finished together as a team, not as individuals but as one, this will forever be a moment I will remember and cherish.

Another moment that stuck out among others was after the race we all gathered together and we talked, and in that conversation, our coach said one phrase that hit a little bit harder and it was “I am proud of you”, a phrase that is often thrown around without caution, but this time it meant something, it meant that all those hours on the water, in the gym, and together paid off and was transforming into something wonderful. We were becoming not just students who practiced together but a team with a passion and a goal and at that moment one person was proud of us, he was a proud coach, a proud spectator, and our biggest cheerleader.

This weekend we have another race, the outcome is unsure, but one thing I can promise is that bulldogs always show up, work hard and have fun, and that is all that matters at the end of the day.

– Lauren Salela


Callout Meeting March 18th

Hello all!

We are hosting an informational callout meeting this Monday, March 18th at 7:30pm in the HRC’s Large Conference Room (room 154). Come learn about Club Crew and meet other interested dawgs!

We hope to see you there!


Looking For New Members!

We are working on finding Butler Students interested in joining club crew!

Rowing can be a great way to meet friends, stay in shape, and relieve stress out on the water! If you’ve ever rode crew or just think it would be a new fun thing to try, we are here for you! Shoot an email to clubsports@butler.edu if you have any interest or would like to know more!

We hope to get back up and rowing soon!
Come join us!


Secret City

Over the weekend, our wonderful Rowdawgs traveled to Oak Ridge, TN once again to participate in the Secret City Head Race. It was an exciting return for our varsity rowers who had been on the race course before and a new experience for the novice as they participated in their first head race and really learned what rowing is all about.

Our team put two boats out on the water: a mixed 4+ that raced in the open category and was rowed by Nick Williams, Raymond Rector, Zhenzhen Xiang, Gabby Goeke, and was coxed by Tessa Roth. Our other boat was a women’s 4+ rowed by Caitlin Ladd, Elise Bonnes, Zhenzhen Xiang, Gabby Goeke, and coxed by Tessa Roth.

The mixed 4+ placed 6th out of 11 boats and the women’s 4+ placed 6th out of 8 boats.

The team learned a lot about race day and is ready to set our sites on the next regatta and work hard over these next two weeks.


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Wednesday’s PR Practice

Wednesday’s practice saw four of Butler’s rowers pulling a 2k and one rower pulling a 6k, their first tests of the season.

Varsity rower, Rachel Kappeler set a 6k PR time of 26:24.0 with an average 500m split of 2:12.0.

While Kappeler rowed her 6k, novice Nick Williams warmed up for and pulled his first 2k test as an official member of the Butler Rowing team. Williams set his first, and best, time at 8:14.8 with an average 500m split of 2:03.7.

Novice Zhenzhen Xiang was up next with a time of 9:17.7 and an average 500m split of 2:19.4.

Our third, and last novice, who took on the 2k test was Elise Bonnes with a time of 9:49.2 and an average split of 2:27.3.

Our last 2k test of the night was pulled by two-year varsity and three-year member of Butler Rowing, Caitlin Ladd. Ladd finished with a time of 9:11.8. Her previous 500m average split and PR of 2:18.8 was beaten by 0:00.9 for a new average split of 2:17.9

Congratulations to all of our RowDawgs who rowed their hearts out on the ergs!

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The Butler Rowing Team is seeking talented Butler students with knowledge of photography and video production to join our close-knit team in an effort to publish professional photos and videos that really captures our team spirit and what our sport is about.

The positions will be unpaid, but we hope to offer valuable experience. Attendance at every practice is not required, but we would like the interns to be present at a minimum of one practice a week. Attendance at regattas would also be appreciated, but not mandatory.

Inquiries can be made to the team’s president, Caitlin Ladd at crewclub@butler.edu.

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Butler Rowing Broke World Record

The first ever Butler Rowing Row-A-Thon was an incredible success that blew away everyone’s expectations. After months of planning and prep work put in by the club’s officers and the club’s Coach, the 2016-2017 team became the first rowing team from Butler to ever break a world record. The record was for the longest continual erg time by a small, mixed team of men and women under the age of 30.

The previous record was held by the Wells Tobias Rowing Challenge Team of Reading, United Kingdom and was 25 hours long. Butler Rowing not only broke the 25-hour record, the group of eight rowers went on to row another 5 hours for a total of 30 hours. The necessary paperwork has been sent to the coordinators from Concept2 and the team is currently waiting for confirmation that the record will be accepted.

The world record attempt also doubled as a fundraiser for the club as well as the Semper Fi Fund which provides financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 U.S. veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces. The fundraising goal the team set to achieve was $2,000. About four hours before the start of the Row-A-Thon, several generous donations were made that allowed the team to meet and surpass their fundraising goal. Over the course of the Row-A-Thon cash and online donations brought the total up to $2,889.89.

Despite some minor technical difficulties with the livestream and an overall lack of sleep, the experience was a good team bonding activity that brought so many people together in support of an important cause, especially with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the day after the Row-A-Thon. Pizza was eaten, cupcakes were passed around, Yats was brought in, and everyone manged to get through their hour-long shifts without crying (mostly).

Coverage was posted on the team’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. WISH-TV also stopped by and published a story on the team’s efforts that can be read here.

Moving forward this week, the team is ready to welcome a few more novice and focus on improving on the water. With the planning and preparation for the Row-A-Thon over, the team next turns to regatta season where they intend to travel to Secret City on October 22 and participate in a regatta that will be held at Eagle Creek on November 5.

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The Row-A-Thon is quickly approaching and everything that you need to know about the event can be found here. The Row-A-Thon is both a world record attempt as well as a fundraiser. The Rowing team is attempting to break the world’s longest continual erg (rowing machine) time for a small mixed team (3-10 people) of men and women under the age of 30.

When and Where: The Row-A-Thon will take place in the lobby of the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) starting at 6pm on Friday, September 9 and will continue all day Saturday until 12am Sunday, September 11. The total erg time is projected to be 30 hours.

Who benefits: We are raising money for both the club as well as the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund offers aid to post 9/11 U.S. Veterans from all branches of the military. The funds raised will be divided 50/50 for both organizations.

What is your goal: Our goal is to raise $2,000. As of September 5, we are just over halfway to our goal and are sitting at $1,020. Donations can be made through our crowdrise page here: https://www.crowdrise.com/butler-rowing-row-a-thon

Our Sponsors: We have been fortunate enough to have been sponsored by a handful of organizations so far, which include Enverity Engineering, Starboard Souvenirs, and Yats.

If you can’t make it to the Row-A-Thon in person, our world record attempt will be livestreamed here: https://www.twitch.tv/butlerrowing

Our rowers participating in the Row-A-Thon are as follows:

Caitlin Ladd, Hannah DeLozier, Raymond Rector, Maggie Jensen, Taylor Bowen, Thomas Kennedy, Alex Anderson, and Stephen Eckstein.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and your continued support during our fundraising efforts.

Row Dawgs!

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