WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Varsity Men’s squad thrives with its exceptional senior team leaders. Senior President Coxswain Henri LaLiberte sets the tone for all of Purdue’s crew teams with his natural leadership abilities. Since day one, the team goal remains unchanged, and LaLiberte and the Purdue crew teams work long hours in order to take their biggest ever Purdue crew team to the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Regatta in Gainesville, Georgia. This team, however, does not want to just make it there. They are fighting to return with the overall team point trophy.
Last year, the varsity eight (V8) finished the ACRA Regatta Championship with bronze. Although it felt like a success, the team believes they can do better. This year, the momentum is shifting, and the Purdue Crew team wants nothing less than gold. The season kicks off March 28 and 29 at Marietta, and a season opening win is exactly what the Purdue Crew team needs. The varsity team, however, cannot do it alone. The junior varsity eight (JV8), third varsity eight (3V8) and varsity four (V4) are also on the hunt for metals, and the Purdue Crew team needs success all across the board if they want that overall team point trophy.
As the name indicates, the team point trophy is all about team effort. Seniors Nick Taylor and Forest Dipert serve as perfect role models for the underclassmen on the team, and their leadership abilities help course all of the Purdue Crew teams into a unified group. Their tenacity, commitment and work ethic shine through in every workout. The squad persists with routine land-based training including erg work, distance running, incline running, strength training, core work and ample stretching. The crew now looks forward to spring break––the moment they can take their hard work to the water. Bring on the puddles!