School of Science Competes in the Sixth Annual Regatta

Release Date: 
Sep 26 2014
With fast heats and friendly rivalries, the School of Science had great year at the sixth annual IUPUI Regatta on Sept. 20. 

Rowing for the Women in Science House (WISH) team, Melissa Gronceski, Audrey Kramer, Nidhi Parekh and Sarah Potter finished seventh overall in the female division—the highest ranking for a School of Science team this year. WISH also participated in the cardboard boat race, with Katherine Haskell and Stacey Abshire coming in second place, after the victorious Purdue House boat. These two residential learning communities were the only teams in this year’s cardboard boat race that avoided sinking and finished the course.

A friendly competition erupted when the WISH Alumni team, composed of Kelly Biro, Marina Sharif, Rachel Giordano and Sarah Flores competed in the same heat as the Science of Science Alumni team, rowed by Tiffnay McIntire, Jessie Barton, Jeremy Scherer and Justin Kosiba. Only one boat could win this little rivalry, however, and the Science Alumni boat finished 11th out of 70 co-ed teams this year, beating the WISH Alumni team. 

“It’s been a blast to work with SOAR (Student Organization for Alumni Relations), the alumni association board and new graduates to develop this new tradition for Science alumni,” said Jon Berg, associate director of alumni relations and events. “I really enjoyed catching up with our alumni and learning about the tremendous impact they are making in the Indianapolis community and beyond.”

The School of Science had many representatives on the water this year with teams entered by the Life-Health Sciences Internship (LHSI) program, Forensic Science Club and School of Science STEM Community. Dean Simon Rhodes finished 16th in the co-ed division with his team Starship IUPUI, which included School of Engineering and Technology Dean David Russomanno.

Throughout the day, the School of Science was heard loud and clear with students, family, faculty and staff cheering on each team. After rowing one leg of the race for the School of Science Alumni boat, alumnus Jeremy Scherer was quick to cheer on the Women in Science House Alumni team in addition to his own on the way back to the finish line. This camaraderie is what keeps the School of Science a close-knit community, ready for the challenges and triumphs that each year and each Regatta bring.

-Whitney Walker, undergraduate, interdisciplinary studies