The sun prevailed against the wet weather last Saturday, Sept. 19, just in time for the seventh annual IUPUI Regatta. Mid morning showers postponed the race for about an hour, though the rest of the day went according to plans.
Over 150 teams including students, staff, and alumni competed in the half-mile canoe relay races. About 10,000 community members attended the event, helping raise money for student scholarships here at IUPUI. Activities included a canine costume contest, face painting, involvement booths, and an art exhibit by the Herron Students.
Melissa Scott, a Herron alumnus, created this year’s prized Regatta painting.
“Over the years it’s turned into a really big event,” Scott said. “It’s a great chance to promote ourselves and bounce ideas off each other.”
Throughout the day, performances took place by My Yellow Rickshaw, The Circle City Bucket Drummers, Indy Dance Academy, Swing Cats, and the 2014 The Voice champion Josh Kaufman.
“The Regatta gives IUPUI life,” Senior Javier Diaz said, waiting beside the canal for the next heat to start. “I do it to meet new people, work together, and have fun with my friends.”
Diaz came in second place overall last year, with a time of 8:15. This time around, he beat his time by five seconds in the preliminaries.
Destroying the School of Dentistry’s reign, the IUPUI men’s and women's swim teams dominated the canal this year. The men won with a time of 7:08 minutes, and the ladies not far behind with a 7:44. Finally, the Science Alumni team conquered the co-ed division with a time of 8:23.
“It’s nice to see both our guys and girls excel in their specific divisions,” said Landon Mitch, a member of the winning team in the men’s division. “And I’d like to thank Matt Bos and JR [the swim coaches] for sculpting our bodies for this event.”
Swimmers who weren’t racing in the canoes were busy on the sidelines and in the water. For the past seven years, the team has volunteered their time by guiding boats in the freezing canal. The Regatta wouldn’t be possible without their help taking the canoes and their passengers to the starting line, then back to shore at the finish. They also assisted in tear down at the end of the event.
“We don’t have a lot of time with our busy practice schedule, so this is a good opportunity to get some exposure and volunteer hours,” said senior Sarah Rozow. She was also one of the winning team members for the girls overall race.
Despite the morning weather, this year’s Regatta was a sunny success. If you are interested in helping out or participating in next year’s event, go to http://www.iupui.edu/~soar/regatta.
Photos by Abbie Anderson.