1902 Season

Andrew O'Dea
Andrew O'Dea
  Charles H Gaffin
Charles H Gaffin
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Season Results


Season Summary

Races results for the regular season this year are not known.

The April 4, 1902 Daily Cardinal listed the varsity boating as Trevarthen (bow), Lounsbury, Mather , Jordan , Gibson, McComb, Gaffin, and Stevenson (stroke). The coaching launch was the “ John Day .” Daily rowing is now expected, with Sundays set aside for cross-country runs. Twenty-eight freshmen were out for the team at this point. The new shell donated by Captain Pabst is expected in the coming weeks, though negotiations with the express companies were difficult. The American Express Company, which shipped the last two boats, would not come down from $150; O'Dea had expected to pay the prior rate of $100. The boat is being built by Rudduck in New York , who is also building a single for O'Dea's fleet.

On April 24, the Athletic Board approved the crew candidates, though not all the freshmen were kept.

On April 28, the Junior Law crew was disbanded. Coach O'Dea had ordered the crew on a cross-country run, but found them soon after in the bath room. “This breach of discipline was too great to be overlooked and resulted in the disbanding of the squad.” On the same day, the varsity and two extra me – Stevenson, Gaffin , Jordan , Mather, Lyman, Moffatt, Lounsbury, Trevarthen, McComb and Gibson - started at the training table, which this spring will be at Lounsbury's boarding house on Langdon Street .

“Bill” Gibson, in the absence of a crew coach at St. John's Military Academy , is spending Saturday's assisting in the training of the rowers at St. John's (which Gibson had previously attended).

Commodore Lucious Bergstrom is awaiting reports from collectors of subscriptions outside the city to know if sufficient funds will be available to send the freshman eight.

At 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 29, the second freshman eight left over the Milwaukee Road for Pewaukee where they are to meet St. John's . Coxswain Harry Morrison, who will undoubtedly “pull the ropes” and steer for the freshman eight at Poughkeepsie , and Reed, the first freshman stroke replacing the secon freshman's ineligible special student Perry, will both be in the second freshman eight. The boating for the St. John's race: Green (bow), Stack, Orbert, Lindsay, Shepard, Whinnery, Haley, Reed (stroke) and Morrison (cox).

May 30, the varsity freshman eight (mostly the second frosh), defeated St. John's Military Academy at Waukesha Beach in Pewaukee. The two crews, each averaging 152 lbs. had a hard-fought battle over the 1½ mile course. St. John's , rowing in their shell the “Billy Gibson” (in honor of their alum and part-time coach, who rows for Wsiconain's varsity), was spent at the finish. Wisconsin (9:45) won by three lengths over St. John 's (9:52). The freshmen returned to Madison, with their shell, on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, May 31, the varsity, second varsity and first frosh eight (the second frosh eight having just returned from St. John's ) rowed a one-mile handicapped race on Lake Mendota . The piers and shores by the boathouse were crowded with spectators near the finaish line. The second varsity was given a three-length lead, followed by the frshmen with a one-length lead before the varsity started. Within fifteen strokes, the varsity overtook the frosh and a minute later, the varsity-frosh eights forged past the second varsity. At the finish, the first varsity spurted past the growingly ragged frehmen and won by a length. Whinnery, 6-seat in the second freshman shell against St. John's , rowed 4-seat for Dean in the first freshman boat.


The IRA's:

The Badgers departed Friday, June 12, 1902 and were quartered in the

...abandoned River View Academy , where each rower will enjoy a separate room. The Academy, which is four blocks from the water, will also have a large library and the use of showers in the Academy bath room. Last year, the crew used the Cannon House, which is a private dwelling. Though only three blocks from the water, all the men were quartered in two or three well-ventilated rooms on cots.

The traveling squad of twenty-eight arrived at Highland at 3:00 pm Sunday, June 14. Local news accounts were flattering of the Badgers and Georgetown .

Under the article headlined “College Racing Crews,” Leslie's Weekly reporter George E. Stackhouse wrote (of the June 21, 1902 regatta),

Interest has never been greater than this year in the outcome of the college crew races at Poughkeepsie and at New London (the latter, the Harvard-Yale traditional dual race of four miles). The fact that at Poughkeepsie there were six crews in the course and that the coaches were in most cases secretive about the condition of their crews added to the interest by creating a greater uncertainty as to the outcome. To all lovers of sport there is an increasing regret that Yale and Harvard do not enter the Poughkeepsie race, for that would greatly enhance the rivalry among the colleges and the interest in the contest. It is hoped that this can be brought about. It would make the Poughkeepsie race perhaps the most interesting athletic event of the whole year to the people of the entire country. Cornell's sweeping victory in the regatta, being first in all three races, was not so much of a surprise as the poor showing of Pennsylvania . The Quakers were fourth in the ‘varsity, second in the four-oared race, and last in the freshman contest.

The IRA results were: varsity eights - Cornell , Wisconsin (by about a length, over the 4 mile varsity course), Columbia , Penn, Georgetown and Syracuse ; four-oared - Cornell, Penn and unnamed others; freshman eight - Cornell , Wisconsin (loss by about a length), Columbia, Syracuse and Penn.

Stackhouse continued in the Leslie's Weekly of July 10, 1902:

Unsatisfactory Rowing Situation. - Now that the great rowing contests of the season have been decided, the situation is as complicated as it usually is at this time of the year. So long as Yale and Harvard have their little sculling matinee all by themselves at New London the present conditions will exist. Why should not the victors of New London and Poughkeepsie come together and settle the question of supremacy on the water? I have talked with some of the leading college rowing authorities regarding the subject, and while all admit that there is no real reason why the respective winners should not meet, none of them shows a disposition to make any suggestion which might in the end bring the victorious teams together. Until this is done, no matter which crew wins at New London , the great body of American sportsmen will give the preference to the hardy crew of Cornell, which is always ready to meet all comers.



Varsity 2 at IRAs

V2 at IRA


Capt Charles H Gaffin

Capt Charles H Gaffin



B. F. Lounsbury
John Q. Lyman
William F. Moffatt
Glen Steere


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