After the crazy weather that we’ve had up in here in Indy last week with the thunderstorms and tornadoes, we finally got the chance to get back out on Eagle Creek to row on some beautiful water! The storms did wash some logs and small debris into the reservoir, but luckily it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
Our novice rowers were taken out in the barge. It’s a large practically unsinkable boat that allows our new rowers to take some strokes on the water without having to worry about the possibility of flipping the boat and ending up in the water. Coach Stephen was impressed with the improvement our new rowers made during their first practice and is looking forward to putting them all in their first racing shell.
It was a productive day for our varsity rowers as well. They took out a black quad which, for those who are unfamiliar, is a four-person boat that requires each of the rowers to use sculling oars (one for each hand) and does not have a coxswain to steer. It is up to the members of the boat to steer and for the person sitting in bow-seat to direct the rowers and offer motivation and corrections. The boat that our varsity members were in also had a foot-steering mechanism located on the foot-stretchers of stroke-seat which helped Maggie Jensen improve her steering skills as well. Overall, it was an excellent exercise in teamwork and, just like the novice rowers, practice helped them hone new skills and become better rowers.
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On Friday night, the Rowing team was happy to have our annual call-out meeting at the beginning of the semester. We welcomed a handful of interested students and taught them more about what rowing is all about and how to take a stroke on an erg (rowing machine).
Coach Stephen Eckstein can be seen here explaining the proper motions to our novice as varsity member Maggie Jensen demonstrates the motions in front of them.
Despite the stormy weather and the rain that’s been relentlessly hitting Indianapolis the past few days, our varsity members still got some work in as they teamed up with the novice for a short 1000 meter relay. The novice and varsity pair took turns erging every 250 meters.
Interested members who missed the call-out meeting on Friday and would like to come out to the boathouse and learn more about the sport are more than welcome to come out on Monday for our first practice of the week. Students are asked to wear athletic clothes and meet in front of the HRC at 5:30pm in order to organize carpool groups.
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Our officers have been organizing and discussing several exciting things over the summer and we’re all ready to get started on what’s going to prove to be a very eventful and fun semester. The first official day of practice for our returning varsity has already happened and we’re all excited to be back on the water to take some strokes after so many months off during summer break.
Our events during the fall season are as follows and can also be found under the “Practice & Event Schedule” tab:
Word Record Attempt – SEPTEMBER 9-11
Frogtown Regatta – SEPTEMBER 24
Secret City – OCTOBER 22
Oak Ridge, TN
Collegiate Regatta – NOVEMBER 5
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Now that practices have started up again for the returning varsity members of the rowing team, we are all ready to welcome new members who are interested in learning more about the sport and our team.
Block Party allowed us to get things started nicely with several new students showing interest in our sport. For those that missed us at Block Party, the call-out meeting will be Friday, August 26 from 6-8 pm.
It will be hosted at the Indianapolis Rowing Center’s boathouse (7350 Eagle Beach Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46254). It’s about 15 minutes west of campus and those driving themselves will need to bring $5 to buy a day pass to the park.
Prospective members are asked to wear comfortable athletic clothes as they will be taught proper rowing form on the ergs (rowing machines) located in the boathouse.
No experience is needed!
All students who wish to come out are asked to meet outside of the Health and Recreation Center (HRC) at 5:30 pm in order to coordinate carpool groups.
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After spending the winter building muscle and battling with the ergs, it’s time to head back out on the water! March 21st will be our 1st practice back at Eagle Creek. Practice times will now return to a normal hour (no more 5:30am wakeups!) from 6-8pm. If you’re curious about the sport, come give it a try. Please contact our President, Maggie Jensen, if you have any other questions.
Last weekend, Butler Crew traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete at the Secret City Head Race.
There was a lot of stiff competition including Murray State University, East Tennessee State University, Georgia State University, and Atomic Rowing Club!
We had 5 boats racing over the weekend:
Men’s Open 2+
Women’s Novice 4+
Women’s Varsity 4+
Women’s Open 8+
Women’s Open 1x
Congrats to club president Autumn Tyler for receiving gold for her 1st place finish in the Women’s Open 1x.
After a difficult racing weekend, the Dawgs are shifting their attention towards Head of the Eagle on October 31st in Indianapolis, IN. This is our only “home” regatta of the season, so come out and support your Row Dawgs!
Our Call-Out meeting will be this Thursday, Sept. 3rd, at 7:30 in PB103
Please ask us any questions, we hope to see you there!