November 2021 Update
Greetings Purdue Crew Friends and Alumni!
Happy Daylight Savings time! The additional hour of sleep was much welcomed by our student-athletes training and studying hard here in West Lafayette. Unfortunately, the time change also means the end of water practices until next spring, as with Purdue’s record enrollment this fall classes are pushing into the late afternoon and evening hours more than ever before, making it difficult to get boats together with enough daylight at this time of year to be useful.
But fret not! The Purdue Crew team is excited for this training transition and ready to throw themselves into the trials of winter training, where the grit of each rower and coxswain shines through to brighten the waning daylight, and where the medals of spring rowing are truly won.
On Saturday, November 6th Purdue Crew hosted the Bald Eagle Regatta at Eagle Creek Park on a gorgeous, crisp autumn day in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team traveled to Indy with over 150 student-athletes and competed against 14 teams, which included (among others) the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Grand Valley, University of Minnesota, etc… The team performed exceptionally well across the board with wins in the Women’s Novice 8+ B, Women’s Novice 4+, Women’s Varsity 8+ C, and Men’s Varsity 8+ C events, and with notable close second place finishes in the Varsity Women’s 8+ A just behind Grand Valley, and the Varsity Men’s 8+ A just behind Virginia but ahead of men’s team rival the University of Michigan. The exceptional performances across the board helped the team bring home the Team Points Trophy!
A tremendous thank you to all parents, alumni, race officials, and friends who volunteered their time to help Purdue host and run the regatta. A particularly BIG THANK YOU to past Purdue Crew Parents Club President Tara Trevino, her husband Todd Trevino, and their son and Purdue Crew alumni and Purdue graduate Nick Trevino for volunteering their time and organizational prowess this year to ensure the Purdue Crew Parents Club was ready after a two-year Covid racing hiatus to feed and cheer on the team at our three fall regattas! However, while we will be forever indebted to the Trevinos for stepping up and helping the team in a time of need, we are looking find a new Purdue Crew Parents Club Team President and Team Treasurer from our current set of rowing parents. Tara insists the tasks are largely automated and don’t take much organizational time, and has graciously offered to mentor any interested parents in their roles and responsibilities. Please email me to help with the Purdue Crew Parents Club this spring at email@example.com
In other news, we’re currently organizing a number of exciting new initiatives to continue the growth and evolution of Purdue Crew and the Purdue Rowing Association as we gear up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the addition of Women’s Crew to Purdue (Spring ’23) and the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Purdue Crew (Spring ’24). We’re forming committees to help organize these new initiatives (listed below) and if you’re interested in being a part of any of them, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll end this team update the same way we’ve ended each practice this fall, when rowers and coxswains come back together after a day spent toiling away in separate seats and separate boats, to raise their hands in exhausted unison, with one beginning the countdown of
that sounds through each gasping breath and beating heart
to reconnect and reaffirm the binding connections this sport creates
as the rising call of sister and brotherhood builds in each throat to shout together in unison