1914 Season

Harry 'Dad' Vail
Harry 'Dad' Vail
  Arno Wittich
Arno Wittich
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Season Results


Season Summary

Results of the regular season schedule are not known.


In the IRA:

In 1914, the IRA abandoned the four-oared (straight four or University Four) varsity race, replacing it with the junior varsity eight-oared contest.

New York Times of May 5, 1914 (p. 9) reported UW would be sleeping in tents, rather than staying at the Elms at this year's Poughkeepsie .

The first junior varsity eight race results over a two-mile course, were: Cornell, Columbia , Penn and Syracuse and freshman eights - Cornell, Syracuse , Penn, Wisconsin and Columbia .

The JV-8 race was two miles from 1914 through 1925, then three miles from 1926 through 1967 (except in the 1950 and '51 two mile races, where the rain swollen Ohio River limited the course and in 1964 when the IRA stewards first experimented with the 2,000-meter Olympic distance for all races). The course has been constant at 2,000-meters continuously from 1968 to date.

Wisconsin did not participate in the junior varsity eights until 1947, in which year the Badger's came in 8 th of 11.

The front page New York Times headline of June 27, 1914 read: “Columbia Wins Big ‘Varsity Race.” The article describing the four-mile event went on “To win Columbia had to kill off the much-flaunted Cornell crew and the Pennsylvanians. The race was between these three crews, and it was the brilliant watermanship of (Columbia Coach) Jim Rice's boys, backed with hearts of iron and a fighting spirit that refused to even falter, that gave Cornell and Pennsylvania a beating they will never forget. Syracuse was fourth and Washington , plugging along gamely, was fifth, with Wisconsin splashing and going as best they could (sixth).”



Hiram Conibear

Hiram Conibear


Varsity 8

Varsity 8

Varsity 8



Gustav Bohstedt
Carl H. Casberg
Albert J. Dexter
John S. Gorley
Karl T. Schweitzer
Bruce Tasker


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