Last Saturday started out as a frozen mess. As road conditions became questionable, four brave members of the Daily Duke team prepared to defend their name.

Founded in 2010, UREC Battleship is an annual event held within the UREC Pool. Teams of 4+ are made by students, faculty, and/or staff and are placed in various heats. This year, there were 44 teams competing against one another.

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The Daily Duke team

As our team prepared for our first heat, we realized that this wasn’t your average canoe-in-a-pool battle; no, this was much more serious. Suddenly, the whistle blew and we were off.

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Our first heat begins

There was water flying in all directions, blinding everyone in its path. The shields we were allowed definitely came in handy. Unfortunately for our team, the first heat didn’t go so well. We were the first ship down. This meant we advanced to the Recruit’s Cup. The Recruit’s Cup is comprised of the first half of ships to go down in each heat. The Admiral’s Cup is comprised of the remaining ships afloat.

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Fear began to set in

Our heat for the Recruit’s Cup came quicker than we expected and before we knew it, we were amidst an even more intense battle. But this time we held our own and advanced to the Recruit Cup Finals!

We didn’t win, but we had a great time! It’s no secret the Daily Duke team has a lot of fun together, but this was a particularly exciting event for us.

In between heats, UREC had other activities set up for the teams to try out. There was a floating obstacle course, which brought many laughs to the team. The recreational pool was open as well, with basketball and volleyball available. The log was set up, too! (If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should.)

All in all, the Daily Duke team made some great lasting memories and would definitely recommend UREC Battleship to anyone, work teams and friends alike. It was a challenge but also a great bonding experience.

If you have any questions about UREC Battleship, you can find more information here.

And a huge congratulations to the winning team from the Daily Duke!

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