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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.

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Monday Minute

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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Call-Out Meeting

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.

Email crewclub@butler.edu for more information or if you have questions or concerns.