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Members of the Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby team scream, “Together!” before their first game of the B-Cup Tournament they hosted in Bloomington on April 18 and 19. They won one of their three games, putting them in 6th place overall. “That’s what made it so much better…that we fought so hard for it, and that it was our first win of the season."
Becca holds two five-pound weights above her head while squatting at the beginning of a three-hour-long roller derby practice at 1801 N. Curry Pike, a warehouse the Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby team rents out. “They keep practices really relaxed,” Twait said. “I mean they do take things seriously, but they also know we are there to have fun and to skate.”
Becca calls her mom after the end of their first game of the season. They played against the Ft. Wayne Bomb Squad on Feb. 21 and lost 301 to 55. “I don’t even look at the scoreboard anymore,” Twait said. “When we know we’re losing we just see it as an opportunity to get better. We know whatever we’re going to do is helping us for our next game."
Becca Twait, a sophomore at IU, has been playing as a jammer on the Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby team in Bloomington since she joined the team in October. As the jammer, Becca scores points for her team by skating around the track and lapping members of the opposing team. "I like hitting people and going fast," said Twait. "Going fast is what I'm best at."