They've been left up a creek, not without paddles, but without a key piece of their boat. Now some A&M Rowing club members are trying to figure out how they'll keep their competitive edge.
The team houses its boat and equipment at Lake Bryan, and earlier this week a significant piece of equipment was stolen from right under the team's nose.
They glide through the water with the greatest of ease, but it's a sport that takes grace, skill, determination, and lots of strength.
"Legs, abs, back, arms, shoulders everything," Crew Member Holly Armstrong said.
For nearly eight years the members of the Aggie Rowing club have fought to make a name for themselves.
"I think in the last year and a half alone we've made a lot of jumps in terms of equipment, and coaching and the size of our team," Crew Member Sean O'Neill said.
But now a thief has jeopardized the teams future growth.
"It looked like this was probably where they came in because it looks like they were able to pull the fence up out of the ground," O'Neill said.
Sean O'Neill says the only thing taken was an engine. An engine with an $1,800 price tag.
"This is a pretty bare bones coaching launch the motor was just sitting back here," O'Neill said.
"It's actually a brand new motor we got at the beginning of the semester," Armstrong said.
Crew Member Holly Armstrong says the engine is typically used by the coaches to ride alongside the rowing team in the water, and hand out pointers.
But now with no engine, the team is back to the way things were before they had the coaching boat.
"Our coach has to actually ride in the boat with us," Armstrong said.
And Holly and her teammates say it puts them at a major disadvantage from other rowing teams.
Especially when it comes time to get ready for competition.
"It really limits our ability of our coaches to do anything," O'Neill said.
In a sport where split seconds often separate the winner from the losers, these Aggies know they're in an upstream battle.
The Rowing club is not an official rec team sport yet, so the only funding it gets is through member dues.
It operates with a very tight budget, and might even have to skip a national competition next season to have enough money to replace the stolen motor.
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