IUPUI feels the heat -- and loves it -- at 2017 Regatta

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Teams made a splash at the Sept. 23 Regatta event in 90-degree heat, but thousands still attended the event in and along the downtown Indianapolis canal. Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

The only thing hotter than the 90-degree temperature was the competition on the downtown Indianapolis canal for the ninth annual Regatta, IUPUI's early-fall tradition that showcases teams of paddlers in canoes racing up and down the urban waterway.

Sept. 23 saw 150 teams compete for glory. Pairs had to paddle a quarter-mile down the canal before tagging in fresh paddlers at the Exchange Basin near St. Clair Street. Taking home the canoe-shaped trophies were Phi Delta Theta (Men's Division), Golden Crowns (Women's Division), and IUPUI Swimming and Diving (Co-ed Division).

Also winning were the thousands who attended to cheer on the Regatta fleet as well as take in the numerous booths, activities and demonstrations that all promoted IUPUI pride. From a cappella singers crooning Toto tunes to canoe water fights, there was plenty of action surrounding the many heats throughout the day. 

And speaking of heat, those temperatures gave a summer vibe to the 2017 Regatta, and it gave momentum to IUPUI students, staff and faculty for a new academic year worth roaring for.