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!