1961 Season

Norm Sonju
Norm Sonju
  Phillip Mork
Phillip Mork
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Season Results

Cochrane 3
Eastern Sprints DNQ

Season Summary

Coach Norm Sonju hired Randy Jablonic as his assistant coach, following the 1959-60 season.

April 29, Wisconsin (5:07.2) finished second to Purdue Boat Club (5:06) by 10 feet over a one mile course on Lake Mendota in Madison; the Badger's JV (5:09.3) crew was third. UW's freshman (5:14.2) crew defeated Purdue Boat Club (5:17.2) by ¾ length over a one mile course.

On May 6, on 1 ¾ mile Lake Mendota course, Wisconsin 's varsity (9:12.5) defeated by two lengths the UW JV's (9:20.5) and Wayne State (9:40.4). On the same course, UW's freshman (9:33.8) boat beat Wayne State 's freshman shell by 5 lengths.

On May 13, the UW varsity ( 9:14 ) was third by 1 ½ lengths behind MIT (9:03.7) and Dartmouth (9:10.4) on a Lake Mendota course of one mile. The year 1961 was the first year of competition for the Cochrane Cup. During the race, an outboard with three occupants cut across the course at least twice and was summoned by the Madison police.

May 20 at the 2,000-meter Eastern Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester , Massachusetts , Wisconsin (6:25.8) was 7 th and last in its qualifying heat. The finals were won by Navy (6:01.5), then Cornell (6:01.9) and MIT (6:08.9).

June 10 on a 1 ¾ mile course on the Severn River in Annapolis , Md. , Wisconsin (8:59.2) lost to Navy (8:51.2) by three lengths.


At the IRA's:

UW coach Randy Jablonic remembers the last train ride for his team in 1961 to the IRA's. A baggage car, one of a few available large enough to carry a shell, was arranged for months ahead of time. The shells would be loaded in the baggage car: the crew would board the train in Madison to sit down to a dinner in the dining car complete with linen table cloths and all the finery of railroad cars of that period. As they left the station, they would be sitting down to their first course - steak. By the time they pulled into Chicago , dinner would be done and they would retire to the Pullman car to wake up in Syracuse at the depot behind the fairgrounds.

In the IRA's on wind swept Lake Onondaga 's 3 mile course, Wisconsin's varsity (17:30.2) placed 8th . The finals were won by California (16:49.2) by a half-length over Cornell, followed by MIT, Washington, Penn, Navy and Brown. Wisconsin 's freshman (11:13.4) placed 6th over the two mile course with a total of 12 crews participating. Washington (10:51.6) won, with Cornell second a length behind.



1961 Freshman 8

1961 Freshman 8



John C. Albright
Denis Betzhold
Robert R. Burke
Donald C. Erbach
Jonathon W. Greenfield
(John) Doug Haag
Allan G. Heggblom
Lawrence S. Hurwitz
Gary L. Jacobson
Victor R. Johnson, Jr.
Douglas V. Knudson
James A. Kurtz
Benton Logterman
Bernard A. Losching
David G. Mc Clyman
William J. Mc Intire
David W. Novak
Benjamin G. Porter
Douglas R. Reiner
John P. Shaffer
Jonathon T. Stoddard
Charles Temp
Marvin F. Utech, Jr.
Michael Wilhelm


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