It was an exciting morning as ten teams turned out for the first day of freeroll practice. The sun was shining, buggies were bagged and lots of new drivers took the wheel to kick off the ’08-’09 season. The Sweepstakes committee did a great job of getting things moving and keeping the momentum through the morning. Here’s how the teams faired:

Pioneers, and Beta did not roll. CIA did Beta’s chores for the day, and the Phipps barricades were guarded by three of CIA’s six drivers.

KDR had a very short first day on the course, hitting the curb near transition after being the first buggy to roll for the year. They scratched the rest of the day.

SAE/Kappa: This combo team of SAE and Kappa Kappa Gamma brings back SAE’s late 90s buggy, Rubicon, and gives Kappa’s sisters a little more refined machine than Ursula. First roll, hatch dragged through the chute. Second roll, the driver lost visibility and made a beeline for the monument, nearly hitting it before making a sharp right turn towards the curb and stopping just in time.

AEPi: Big attendance, two buggies (Zephyrus and Camo).

SigNu: The Zoo rolled King of Spades, Tenth Commandment, and Skua. A memorable hill 5 was pushed by this guy:

PiKA: Three buggies were out for PiKA, Knightfall, Chimera, and Brimstone. Brimstone stopped on its first roll.

SDC: Their rolls were full of Psychosis, Envy, Addiction, and Rage. And yet, there were no major events. Lots of people, new tent.

Fringe: Four buggies, Bristol, Banyan, Blizzard, Brazen. Their two new drivers were in Blizzard and Brazen. Lots of members were out, and the veteran drivers were almost up to speed by the end of the day.

PhiKap: One buggy, Svengali, made it around the course on Xootr wheels twice smoothly and cleanly.

SigEp: One buggy, Pandora, and a sizeable group of brothers. Looking pretty good.

CIA: This team is bursting at the seams with six drivers and a huge cast of pushers. Mirage, Conquest, and Firebird were out.

Spirit: Haraka and Kingpin were pushed by a healthy number of pushers for a team that’s on the rise again.

A good number of alums were out on the hills today. We’re all gearing up for Homecoming and hoping to see a huge turnout October 25th and 26th.

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