Pat Vander Hei
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Freshman Coach Dan Gehn attracted 93 men from SOAR (Student Orientation and Advising for Registration) to try out for crew.
September 11, the Milwaukee Rowing Club and the Mendota Rowing Club visited thee Badgers on Lake Mendota for a ‘controlled scrimmage.’
At the Head of the Rock on October 10, in Rockford, Illinois, UW’s varsity finished first out of 38 teams. The frosh eight were defeated by a tenacious Loyola Academy crew led by a host of senior oarsmen.
A week later, UW was 13 th at the October 24 Head of the Charles, where over 50 teams usually compete. Badger frosh were 9th in a field of 36 at the HOC. In the Youth Eight event (under 20 years of age on the date of the race, UW’s frosh cox, three freshmen oarsmen and five sophomores placed 9 th in a field of 36 with an exciting clash of oars at the Anderson Street Bridge turn in which they literally ran over a crew from Northeastern.
October 25 (31?), Wisconsin won all but one of 2.5 mile races they entered in the Tail of Fox/Head of the Milwaukee Regatta in Green Bay. Competing in the open fours, Wisconsin “B” (12:49.2) defeated Wisconsin “A” (12:52.3) followed by Minnesota “A” (12:53.4), Wisconsin “C” (13:06.5), Minnesota “B”, Wisconsin “D”, Mendota Rowing Club - who tied with Lawrence, Northwestern and Green Bay Rowing Club.
In the freshman/novice eights, Milwaukee Rowing Club (12:35.2) defeated Wisconsin “C” (12:50), Wisconsin “A” (12:59.4), Wisconsin “B”, Wisconsin “D”, Mendota Rowing Club “A”, Minnesota, St. Norbert, Marquette, Mendota Rowing Club “B”, and Lawrence. UW’s top freshman eight was knocked out of first place while rowing with only seven. The bowman became immobilized by catching his shorts in the slide.
In the open eights, Wisconsin “D” (11:46.2) out-raced Minnesota “A” (11:51.3), Wisconsin “B” (11:52.4), Wisconsin “C”, St. Thomas (MN), Minnesota “B”, Wisconsin “A” and Marquette.
In a coed (four men and four women) race, Wisconsin “A” (12:17.2) beat Wisconsin “C” (12:42.3), Wisconsin “D”, Wisconsin “B”, Northwestern, St. Norbert and Marquette.
In the December 1992 WRA Newsletter, Coach Jablonic described the state of space in the boathouse. Designed and built in 1968 for 35-50 men and 12 eights, the expanded facility today houses 20 eights, more than 12 fours, six coaching launches and more than 400 oars. The number of rowers has increased to 75-100 varsity men and women and 300 freshmen men and women. An expansion or a new location plan, estimated at $2.3 million, is before the state and campus planning commissions, the athletic board and the Department of Natural Resources.
Winter practice was held in Austin, TX.
The frosh attended a regatta (in the early spring?) in Topeka, KS, where the frosh eight won the novice race and finished first and third in the open race. The third place frosh boat was seven seconds behind Wisco’s JV boat and a few seconds ahead of Texas’ varsity. The Badgers also did well in the varsity/open 4 race, finishing first and third.
March 27, the annual crew banquet was held at the UW Fieldhouse.
In April 1993, the WRA Newsletter (p. 2.), under the headline “New Boathouse on the Way,” ran an article which read,
…a new boathouse is on the way. Thus far, an architect has been selected for the project, however the name cannot be disclosed at this time. The project, being a state project, will require many procedures unique to state projects and choosing an architect is the beginning of the process. The cost of the facility will be in the two to three million dollar range. If the funds are raised by August of this year it is a good possibility that construction could begin by next spring.
Coach Jablonic is described as a mastermind at pinpointing ice melt. He asserts the 15-inch ice buildup is melting at a quarter-inch every four hours, meaning it would take 240 hours to melt away.
In the spring, at the San Diego Classic on April 3, UW placed 6 th of 13 teams.” Washington won the Classic.
UW’s boating: Patrick Van DerHei (bow), Ryan Quint, Marian Zincke, Paul Nicholas, Eric Kafka, Eric Mueller, Thomas Godfrey, Colin Dicke (stroke) and Jason Barnett (cox).
David Lubach recorded in the Wisconsin State Journal of April 21, 1993 (Sports, p. 5B), “This is by far the latest spring I can remember in my 25 years of coaching,” said Coach Randy Jablonic. With the Midwest Rowing Championships coming up in three days, the men’s team has only practiced three days on Lake Mendota The ice only went away completely two days ago.
In a 5:45AM dual meet on Lake Wingra on April 25th, UW’s varsity eight (5:26.8) lost to the University of Washington (5:21.0). It was expected this competition with Washington would become an annual race.
Later that same day, at the Midwest Rowing Championships on Lake Wingra, UW’s varsity eight (5;32.9) defeated Purdue (5:39.9), Cincinnati (5:44.3), Lincoln Park BC ( 5:56), Marquette (5:58.7) and Indiana (6:53.9). The freshman eight “A” (5:49.2) defeated Loyola “A” (5:57.1), Wichita State (5:59.7), Wisconsin “B”, Northwestern and Cincinnati. The UW freshman four “A” (6:43.6) lost to Minnesota (6:37.5), followed by Wichita State (6:49.0), Cincinnati, Iowa and Mendota “A.”
April 29 th, a modified Cochrane Cup competition was scheduled in Madison against only Dartmouth (which had accepted the invitation to Seattle’s Opening Day Regatta and was on their way west). Then to finish the race, Wisconsin will travel to Boston to race MIT and BU on Saturday, May 1. May 3 rd, against Boston University and MIT on the Charles River in Cambridge, Wisconsin (5:56.23) defeated BU (5:57.76) and MIT (6:01.7). UW’s JV8 (6:01.8) defeated BU (6:02.84) and MIT (6:17.2).
The Eastern Sprints were scheduled for May 9.
The Walsh Cup was scheduled for May 28, with Cal participating as an unofficial participant.
May 30, Wisconsin against Syracuse, in Syracuse, was scheduled.
In the IRA’s:
The varsity eight finish in Cherry Hill (due to flooding in Syracuse) was Brown (5:59.1), Penn, Northeastern, Dartmouth, Cornell and Navy; Freshman - Brown, Navy. Washington did not participate.
Wisconsin’s freshman four + and varsity four - took 5 th’s; varsity fours + and the Open four + took 6 th’s; the Varsity eight (6:13.7) was 9 th; the JV-8 (6:25.2) was 9 th and the freshman eight (6:20.7) was 10 th.
Navy won the Ten Eyck over the eight events.
The University of Wisconsin men’s crew completed a disappointing season Saturday, getting no better than a fifth-place finish during a championship race at the 91 st IRA.
UW rower and long-tim men’s crew supporter R. Y. Nelson (Class of ’73) died in 1993.