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A new coach's launch was added in the late fall of 1959. It will be used as a freshman launch and will replace the African Queen .
On April 30, on a 1¾ mile course on the Charles River in Boston , UW faced four other crews. “ After the starting surge, the Badgers dropped to a 30 stroke pace, while the other crews maintained a higher beat. Consequently, after 25 strokes, Wisconsin was last. A surprisingly fine crew from Rutgers led for the first three-quarters of a mile., closely followed by Harvard (undefeated in twelve starts). At the mile mark , UW had overtaken Boston University and had gained almost a length on MIT, where it remained until the finish. The varsity ( 9:00 ) placed third behind Harvard (8:43.4) and Rutgers (8:48.5); MIT was fourth and Boston University 5 th .
May 7, the Purdue varsity and UW freshmen were scheduled over a one mile course at Purdue.
May 14 at the Eastern Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond's 2,000-meter course in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Badgers (6:28.6) were fourth in their qualifying heat, behind Navy (6:23.1), Princeton and Penn; Rutgers was 5 th and Dartmouth 6 th . Cornell won the event with 6:25.3.
On May 21 on a two mile Connecticut River course in Hanover, N.H., Wisconsin (10:32.9) defeated Dartmouth (10:37.7) by 1 ¼ lengths. This was the first time Dartmouth and Wisconsin met in a dual meet.
Before a large crowd lining the shores, the crew hosted its only home appearance on June 11 over a 1 ¾ mile course on Lake Mendota (sic, moved to Lake Monona due to weather) in Madison . Wisconsin faced Cal and Navy. Wisco (9:14.6) was third behind California (9:00.5) and Navy (9:00.6). The jayvee was scheduled against Cal , over two miles, the same day. UW's boating: Charles Pope (bow), Bill Brauer, Phil Mark, Ernie Smith, Randy Jablonic, Jim Bowen, Courtney Freeman, Dale Sharp (stroke) and Palmer Taylor (cox).
(Note: The Daily Cardinal typically had a break in circulation from their almost daily issue (Tuesday through Saturday) during the school year to a couple of times a week in the summer. This year, the last issue in May was the 25 th and the first Summer Cardinal was June 17, 1960 , hence a partial reason for the loss of coverage of crew during this hiatus.)
In a June 12, 1960 Milwaukee Journal article, Don Olesen quote Badger coach Norm Sonju,
We usually get a look at (the freshmen) when they take their physical exams. We want tall, lean boys who carry a lot of weight in their chest and arms, boys with rather lender legs. We like kids with a pretty uniform build – no long body and short legs, for instance.
At the IRA's:
On the IRA's three mile course on Lake Onondaga in Syracuse , N.Y. , Wisconsin 's varsity (16:25.4) placed 11 th , ahead of only Columbia . California ( 15:57 ), in an upset over the last on half mile, won the event, with Navy second and Washington third.
1960 Varsity 8
James H. Bowen
William A. Brauer
Randall T. Jablonic
Courtney D. Freeman, Jr.
Graham H. Hoffman
Edgar Jacobi, Jr.
Phillip W. Mork
Charles B. Pope
Dale F. Sharpee
Ernest C. Smith
Palmer W. Taylor