1970 Season

Randy Jablonic
Randall Jablonic
  Phillip Resch
Phillip Resch
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Season Results

Cochrane 2
Eastern Sprints 7

Season Summary

Ice went off Lake Mendota April 8 and 9 this year.

In late March, Prof. Frederick W. Haberman asked the Athletic Board to undertake a study of club sports and of “why some sports that are now intercollegiate should not be turned into club sports?” Athletic Director Elroy Hirsh joined n saying he was sympathetic to such a study. He wondered about such sports where (few) Big Ten teams compete and where long road trips are needed, and even crew, where Wisconsin is the only Big Ten competitor. “I know it's tradition,” Hirsch said, “but I don't know how I can justify $40,000 worth of tradition a year.”

In early April, AD Elroy Hirsh was interviewed by The Daily Cardinal and said, “We should support all our Big Ten sports. But crew and fencing are not Big Ten sports. Only four league schools have fencing and only one has crew (Purdue), and that's on a club basis. If something had to be cut down, that's the first area I'd look to.” Crew coach Randy Jablonic was also interviewed. “When you attack crew,” Jablonic explained, “you attack one of the oldest intercollegiate sports in the nation, not only at Wisconsin. The Wisconsin crew won its first intercollegiate championship in 1900, even before there was a Big Ten.

I guess I'm a purist about amateur sports, I think of sports, not in terms of the money they bring in, but rather in terms of the individual. There's the development of the individual, exposure to problems he will meet later in life, and adding some luster and polish to a college career. There are no material rewards in crew, but rowing is just as valid a sport to fulfill these ends as football or any other sport.

-Coach Jablonic

April 25 th , the Wisco JV-8 raced the varsities of Purdue and Kansas State at Purdue. The Badgers won by four lengths rowing at less than 30 strokes per minute at the finish. The UW frosh, racing their counterparts at the two schools, lost by ½ length to Purdue.

May 2, Dartmouth (6:09.8) defeated Wisco (6:11.5) and MIT ( 6:32 ) at Madison in the Cochrane Cup. The UW boating: Welden Peterson (bow), Tom Hertzberg, Bob Fick, Jay Mimier, Doug Stitgen, Tim Mickelson, Tom Flammang (stroke) and Stew MacDonald (cox).

A Wisco JV-4 (Charles Allen (bow), Andy MacKendrick, Bob Rottman, Tim Sanders (stroke) and Greg Margulies (cox)) won by eight lengths over Dartmouth and MIT JV-4's.

At the Eastern Sprints in Worcester on May 9, UW's varsity eight (6:14.8) was 7 th to winner Harvard (5:54.1), their seventh consecutive Sprints victory on a wind-aided race. The Badger JV-8 (6:07.3), having been in the lead with 700 meters to go, were overtaken in the last 10 meters and was 3 rd to Penn; two feet separated the first three crews. The frosh (6:32.4) were 8 th , with Navy the winner.

May 16, on rough water, the Wayne State race was reduced to 1000-meters on the only calm water around on University Bay off Picnic Point UW's first (3:57.8) and second (4:03) frosh crews defeated Wayne State's JV boat (4:07). The UW JV-8 (3:53.8) had little trouble dispatching the Wayne State varsity (4:03.5), winning by 2 ½ lengths.

June 6, Wisconsin raced Navy in Madison . The largest entourage of outboards and cruisers in several seasons was out to view the race. After an equal start, the Wisconsin stroke, Tom Flammang, lost his slide and missed a stroke; Navy moved up. After recovering Wisco's position over the next several strokes, Flammang lost his slide again and a crab clubbed him across the chest. The race was stopped as Dr. Allan Ryan, Wisco's team physician in one of the nearby launches, came over for a look. The race, after re-aligning the boats in the approximate position they were in when the race was stopped, was re-started with Flammang still in the stroke seat. Both boats were told to row at one-half speed until the command of “one more stroke” after which the two crews were released to resume racing speed. Wisco lost by a length or more.


In the IRA's:

Freshman Fours w/cox is introduced into the IRA competition as the ‘fifth' men's heavyweight event .

Wisconsin 's finish at the IRA's in the varsity eights was 2 nd . The race was rowed according to plan with a 23-stroke start, a rapid settle to body stroke of 35 and stay within a length of the leader. As Wisco was making a move at the half-way point, so was Washington - only a bit better. With a sprint started with 300 meters to go, Wisconsin (6:44.9) could not catch Washington (6:39.3) over the 2000-meter course and finished in second, a length behind. Dartmouth (6:47.6) was third, Cornell (6:49.2) fourth, last year's champion, Penn (6:49.3) fifth and Brown (6:54.7) sixth.

In the junior varsity event, the JV-8 was 6 th and in the freshman eight event was 7 th . In UW's No. 7 seat in the freshman boat was Tom Wopat, later Luke Duke in the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard . Tom later appeared as a singer and guitarist in the “2001, A Band Odyssey” concert at the Kohl Center April 20-22, 2001 .

Brown's victory in the freshman eight race was the first for this university on a major level in crew, the Bruins having never before won a championship at the Eastern sprint regatta or this IRA event. Washington - first in the varsity eight race, and second in the junior varsity and freshman races - won the Ten Eyck Trophy.


1970 Varsity Crew
IRA program

1970 Varsity Crew



Charles T. Allen
James V. Barager
Robert A. Blakely
Robert B. Fick, Jr.
Thomas J. Flammang
Robert H. Gibbs
Thomas E. Hertzberg
Michael D. Lohius
Stewart G. MacDonald, Jr.
Greg A. Margulies
Timothy C. Mickelson
Joseph E. Mimier
Andrew L. MacKendrick
Welden A. Peterson, Jr.
Allen G. Philipsen
Patrick R. Pollock
Richard P. Purinton
Phillip E. Resch
Robert E. Rottman
Steve A. Salter
Timothy E. Sanders
Phillip T. Schaefer
Douglas D. Stitgen
David A. Tomfohrde
Larry C. Utter
John William Vegter
Richard Zondag


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