IUSM teams get into the spirit at IUPUI Regatta

September 25, 2014

The "Scalpel Jockeys" rode to a third-place finish in the men's division at the sixth annual IUPUI Regatta on the downtown canal Sept. 20.

Frank Duerson III, Johnny Gerardot, Michael Johnston, Brandon Kiel and Ross Schumacher comprised the team of IU second-year medical students who took the men's bronze at the annual boat race, which has grown into a major tradition on campus over the past several years.

"We take a lot of pride in the School of Medicine and were honored to represent IUSM in competition," said Schumacher, who served as captain of the Scalpel Jockeys. "We really want to make medical school participation in this an event an annual affair. It's great to feel a part of the whole campus -- and to earn a place in the finals."

Nor did the team take the campus-wide competition lightly, said Ross, who joked that everyone from the team of workout enthusiasts put in extra hours at the gym in the weeks leading up to the event.

The team also boasted a former Division-1 quarterback in Kiel, who played football for IU as an undergraduate. "We wanted to part the canal in one collective stroke," Ross said with a laugh.