STORM HITS MIDWEST, BUT RACING GOES ON

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN:

As Minnesota geared up to brave the elements in Spring Lake, MI for the Don Lubber’s Cup this weekend, the conditions proved to be far worse than expected, unfortunately cancelling the regatta altogether. However, an alternative plan was quickly developed to set up a series of scrimmages at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue was extraordinarily hospitable, offering three days of rowing out of their boathouse on the Wabash River.

Both men's and women's crews came to scrimmage each other over the weekend. The races were kicked off Friday evening with the V8, 2V8, 1F8, 2F8, and V4 (including both lightweight and varsity fours) events. The second round of racing began Saturday morning at 8:15am. Pictured below is a glimpse of the Wabash River.

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On Sunday morning, Minnesota took to the river once more against Purdue in a series of short pieces for a solid practice together before hitting the road to return home Sunday night. Purdue’s Head Coach, David Kucik, proclaimed this to be the Inaugural Wabashiki Challenge (derived from the original Native American name of the river). What was initially sad news, turned into a very enjoyable weekend for all.

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The 2V8+ (above) had a very close match up with Purdue's Crew Friday and Saturday.

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Our novices (above) showed a very strong performance this weekend winning all of their events. Our Lightweight 4+ (below) of Michael Warkel '20, Alex Martin '18, Rebecca Sedivy '20, Andrew Schmitz '20, and Keiran Peers '21 also proved to be dominant on the race course earning some Purdue betting tanks by the end of the weekend.

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Results for both days are seen below (Left: Friday, Right: Saturday).

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Links for the results:

http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=93420F2B8C63FE3EA341705DC564EBA1&cat=5

http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=CC134E8BCB5B114E4561863FEA78D12D&cat=5