It’s the start of another great year of rowing, and our athletes are already back in action, working hard to hopefully win the upcoming Fall races. While the new novices have been learning to row together at the new boathouse, our varsity squads have been meeting up at the Fort Ouiatenon Boathouse, getting in as many meters as possible on the largely dried up Wabash. This Fall, we’re taking a different approach to practice, focusing on rowing in smaller boats and working on our form as individuals, in addition to rowing the eights. Not only has this been a fun mix-up to our regular practice schedule, but we’ve also been getting faster as a squad because of it, boasting more than solid results from the boats that raced at the Milwaukee River Challenge in September.
In addition to all the training, we’ve had several team events to keep things interesting. As always, we held the annual Dash on the Bash, where we formed teams of rowers from the four different squads, dressed up in costumes (pictures below), and raced each other in team events. We’ve also been doing our part in the local Lafayette community, participating in the Hunger Hike, which Coach Walker was co-chair of, walking a boat across campus for the homecoming parade, and setting up the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon venue down by Fort Ouiatenon. All of this stuff tends to be a great way to meet and spend time with our teammates, while helping out in the community.